Carnegie Mellon University
March 17, 2011

News Brief: CMU Explores Potential in NYC

Carnegie Mellon, in partnership with NYU, the University of Toronto, City University of New York and IBM, has taken a very preliminary step to explore the potential for establishing research and education programs in New York City.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is interested in building stronger ties with leading research universities around the nation and the world. 

Carnegie Mellon's interests focus on two areas — a digital media program that builds upon its work in entertainment related technologies, and a "Smart City" program being led by NYU to which Carnegie Mellon brings strength in Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Infrastructure research.
Carnegie Mellon expects that if a decision to proceed is ultimately made, the activity in NYC might lead to enhanced research funding for its faculty and increase the opportunities for attracting talent and companies to Pittsburgh. The "Smart City" program is predominantly a research collaboration and will provide a test bed for CMU faculty to develop research and for deployment of smart cities technology. 

The digital media project will be valuable for Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and to Pittsburgh's and Pennsylvania's efforts to build their film and digital media industries by deepening connections to the New York entertainment cluster.
Carnegie Mellon officials said that the steps the university is taking now are very preliminary and any decision to proceed is months away.

Teresa Thomas