symposium schedule 2022


Deluge Data, Data Deluge is an online talk series and in-person symposium hosted in the fall of 2022 at Tandon School of Engineering, NYU (Brooklyn Campus).

Online Sessions

October 19th: How we got here: Flooding in context

5.30 – 6.30pm EST: Register here

What is the environmental and political context in which flood sensing and data-driven systems are being deployed? Why are data-driven, or “smart” solutions being seen as a vital part of the response to climate change?

Speakers: Orit Halpern (TU Dresden), Andra Garner (Rowan University), Dean Chahim (UT El Paso).

October 26th: Design, Data and Decision-making

4.00 – 5.00pm EST. Register here.

How is data used to make decisions with respect to environmental infrastructures? By discussing a range of data collection approaches that include both remote and on-the-ground monitoring, we will explore how practitioners make decisions about infrastructure implementations. How do data interpretations support or supplant human experience or expertise? 

Speakers: Joe Shuttleworth (ARUP), Gwen Ottinger (Drexel), Pablo Herreros (Urban Systems Lab, New School).

November 2nd: Sensing as Community

4.00 – 5.00pm EST. Register here.

As environmental sensing technology becomes more ubiquitous and accessible, community sensing initiatives are growing across the world.  In this last and final session we’ll hear from community science practitioners who are supporting frontline communities seeking to collect and use data to highlight the environmental injustices they experience. Many of these experiences provide a unique opportunity to confront limiting world views within our current scientific and data paradigms, leading to evolutions of more culturally centered research practices.

Speakers: Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (Virginia Tech), Luz Guel (Mount Sinai) and Hamid Norouzi (CUNY).

In-Person Symposium

November 4th @ Tandon School of Engineering, NYU *

Registration here.

9.00 – 10.00am: Coffee

10.00 – 10.10am: Welcome and opening remarks

10.10 – 11.00am // Session 1 // Keynote

Nashin Mahtani is the Director of Disaster Map Foundation (Yayasan Peta Bencana) in Indonesia, where she leads the development of software to support disaster relief and mutual aid efforts.

11.30 – 12.45pm // Session 2 // Introducing FloodNet (Panel)

The FloodNet team at NYU and CUNY, along with representatives from the New York City Mayor’s Office, will discuss flood monitoring in New York City.

Speakers: Andrea Silverman (NYU), Brett Branco (CUNY), Ricardo Toledo-Crow (CUNY), Charlie Mydlarz (NYU), Katie Graziano, Paul Rothman, Rebecca Fischman.

12.45 – 1.15pm: Meet the FloodNet artists in residence

Sabina Sethi Unni and Nikolas Michael, Maya Simone Z., Nancy Nowacek, Danielle Isadora Butler and N.D. Austin, Shinnosuke Komiya.

FloodNet’s artists in residence will share their work prototyping methods for public engagement with flooding in NYC.

2.15 – 3.30pm // Session 3 // Practitioners in NYC: Community Science and Designing with Water

In this session, practitioners from various disciplines will discuss how they work with data in their flood related practices in New York City. What might the implications of sensor data be for this work?

Speakers: Eymund Diegel (DOT), Suzanna Drake (DLANDstudio), Aurash Khawarzad, Liz Barry (Public Lab), Marisa Prefer (Pioneer Works)

3.45 – 4.45pm // Session 4 // Discussion on principles and pathways for engaging with flood data

4.45 – 5.45pm: Happy hour