Anthony Townsend is Senior Research Scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management where he supervises research on the impact of information and communication technologies on mobility, land use, and transportation planning. He teaches teaches a course on Intelligent Cities in NYU’s urban planning program on smart cities. Anthony is a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the newly-founded Data & Society Research Institute, based in New York City. His fellowship research focuses on the emergence of a “new urban science”, and will assess the current influx of new funding, talent, data, and ideas into the field of urban studies, the impact of this research on local government, and the role of citizens in this research. He is the author of SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia, published by W.W. Norton & Co. His writing and research have appeared in Scientific American, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs.