Constantine E. Kontokosta

Constantine E. Kontokosta

Assistant Professor
Deputy Director for Academics &
Head, Quantified Community
Visiting Professor of Computer Science, University of Warwick

Civil and Urban Engineering; Center for Urban Science and Progress


Professor Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD, PE, is an Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, is the Director of the Urban Intelligence Lab, and is the Deputy Director for Academics at CUSP. He holds a faculty appointment as Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, and is affiliated faculty at the Marron Institute for Urban Management. He is also the Principal Investigator and Head of the CUSP Quantified Community research facility, a groundbreaking project underway at three districts in New York City – at the Hudson Yards development in New York City; in Lower Manhattan; and in Red Hook, Brooklyn – that is building sensor-enabled urban neighborhoods to study the impact of the built environment on well-being and human behavior. As one of the first faculty to join CUSP, Constantine is part of the CUSP founding leadership team, setting the Center’s strategic priorities and leading the design and implementation of its academic programs in urban data science. He serves as Faculty Engineer-in-Residence at the NYU Tech Incubators, where he mentors cleantech and smart city start-up companies from early stage idea refinement to technology demonstration and deployment. He is a 2017 recipient of the NSF CAREER award for his research in urban informatics for smart, sustainable cities.

Dr. Kontokosta‘s research lies at the intersection or urban planning, data science, and systems engineering, focusing on using big data and new sensing technologies to better understand the dynamics of physical, environmental, and social systems in the urban environment. His work has been published in leading academic journals in fields including science, economics, urban policy and planning, and engineering, and has two forthcoming books, one on data-driven city operations and planning and the other on the subject of big data and urban sustainability. He collaborates with numerous city agencies in the U.S. and internationally on issues of urban sustainability and resilience policy and planning and city operations, including a multi-year effort to lead data analysis on building energy efficiency with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Dr. Kontokosta’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, NPR, Fast Company, CityLab, Bloomberg News, Financial Times, APS Physics, and ASCE’s Civil Engineering Magazine, among other national and international media outlets.

Dr. Kontokosta holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and M.S. in Urban Planning, specializing in urban economics and econometrics, from Columbia University, a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering Systems from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is a recipient of the IBM Faculty Award, the Google IoT Research Award, the C. Lowell Harriss Fellowship, the HUD Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Charles Abrams Award, and Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service Awards at NYU, and has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist. In addition, he is an accomplished real estate entrepreneur, and has served as Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission and on the boards of the UNEP SBCI and RICS.


University of Pennsylvania

BSE, Systems Engineering - Civil

New York University

MS, Real Estate Finance and Economics

Columbia University

MS, Urban Planning; Quantitative Analytics

Columbia University

MPhil, Urban Planning

Columbia University

PhD, Urban Planning (Minor: Econometrics)

Awards + Distinctions

2017 NSF CAREER Award

2017 Microsoft Azure Research Award

2016 Google IoT Research Award

2016 Faculty Engineer-in-Residence, NYU Incuabtors

2015  Best Paper Award, Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange

2014  IBM Faculty Award
2012  Elected to Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
2012  Teaching Excellence Award, New York University (SPS)
2010  Outstanding Service Award, New York University (SPS)
2010, 2012 Climate, Buildings, and Behavior Scholarship, Garrison Institute
2009-2014 Fulbright Senior Specialist, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board/CEIS
2009-2010 C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2009-2010 Dissertation Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
2008-2010 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
2005-2010 University Fellowship (5-year award), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
2007 Graduate Student Scholarship, American Society of Civil Engineers / Engineers without Borders USA
2006  New Scholar Workshop, Journal of Planning Education and Research
2005 Charles Abrams Award for Best Thesis, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
2001-2003 Dean’s Fellowship (multi-year, merit-based award), New York University