Welcome to VIDA

The Visualization and Data Analytics Research Center at NYU consists of computer scientists who work closely with domain experts to apply the latest advances in computing to problems of critical societal importance, and simultaneously generate hypotheses and methods that new data sources and data types demand.

We work in the areas of Visualization, Imaging and Data Analysis.


Research in graphic design methods as well as the effective use of visualization methods and techniques to explore and interpret high-dimensional data. Our group has worked in urban and sports computing, as well as in the areas of biochemistry, cybersecurity, development, healthcare, climate sciene and human rights.


Development of novel imaging analysis methodologies related to segmentation, shape analysis and image statistics. Our work is multidisciplinary, primarily collaborating with experts in clinical imaging on research in areas including schizophrenia, autism, multiple sclerosis.


Creation of novel data management and analysis methods applied to urban, scientfic, web, and public health domains. Our group has particular expertise in provenance and computational reproducibility and personal-data informatics.


11/2017: Chapter on Prof. Chunara’s research on Quantitative Methods for Measuring Neighborhood Characteristics
10/2017: Recent VIDA PhD grad selected for Forbes 30 under 30 (2018)
10/2017: Prof. Chunara’s group phase one finalists for the CDC Healthy Behavior Challenge
10/2017: Prof. Silva and Carlos Bautista’s work on land mines featured at TED
10/2017: NYU’s Urban Pulse in the news
09/2017: Prof. Freire elected chair of ACM’s SIGMOD group
08/2017: Origins of autism: Abnormalities in sensory processing at six months
07/2017: Prof. Silva’s work on the MLB baseball metrics engine featured by Forbes
03/2017: Talk by Prof. Chunara at  The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity – CRI
02/2017: Is your big data messy? We’re making an app for that
02/2017: Prof. Chunara invited keynote speaker at Joint Workshop on Health Intelligence at AAAI 2017
02/2017: A Visit from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
02/2017: Smart Urban Design Means Knowing Where the Shadows Fall
02/2017: New Imaging Techniques Track Cocaine’s Effect on Infant Brains
02/2017: Autism Detectable in Brain Long before Symptoms appear
01/2017: Mapping the Shadows of New York City: Every Building, Every Block
01/2017: Interactive Map Reveals the Shadows Cast by Every New York City Building
01/2017: New University Research Center to Test Boundaries of Smart Transportation in New York City and Beyond
01/2017: Flu Dunnit?
01/2017: Trying Not to Get Sick? Science Says You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

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