In the last few weeks, New York University‘s Center for Urban Science and Progress has been working to promote science in the city with its first project proposal to the National Science Foundation. The initiative is run by Steven Koonin, a Brooklyn native and former Department of Energy employee who is a theoretical physicist and a science policy expert, according to The New York Times.
This effort is part of a growing trend to apply modern sensor and data computing technology in urban environments as “smart city” technology in order to make gains in quality of life and cut water and electricity use. Koonin said that digital technologies today are advancing so quickly that it is becoming possible to be able to measure urban activities in a way that he will be able to better see the pulse of the city.
Koonin wants to create a real life SimCity, but first, the ten person team must monitor and analyze in specific projects. Their first is noise.