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  • Congratulations to Awais Malik, who successfully defended his PhD in Civil Engineering.
  • Congratulations to Boyeong Hong, who successfully completed her PhD Qualifying Exam and was selected as an Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellow for 2018.
  • Welcome to Taiyi (Kevin) Wang, a PhD student from Peking University, who will be working with Prof. Huy Vo visiting through August 31.
  • Welcome back to Andres Leiva Araos, a PhD student in computer engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, who is also working with Prof. Vo through July 20.
  • Welcome to Sohail Baghari, a Tandon Undergrad Summer Research Student, and Evolone Layne and Swan Yee Aung, Tandon K-12 ARISE Program students, who will be working with Prof. Debra Laefer.
  • Welcome to Konstantin Klemmer, a doctoral student at Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. Konstantin will be here at CUSP for approx. 4 weeks working closing with Prof. Neil and Stephen Jarvis on an ongoing project.​


  • Congratulations to Prof. Laefer, who graduated two more PhD students, Iman Zolanvari & Ehsan Moradabadi, from University College Dublin. She also delivered a paper, Lessons Learned with Laser Scanning Point Cloud Management in Hadoop HBase, at last month’s 25th Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Constantine Kontokosta, who was appointed to the National Academies Committee on Data, Modeling, and Simulation for Urban Sustainability and to the DARPA Microsystems Exploratory Council (MEC). The MEC is a study group of academic and industrial scientists and engineers whose research focuses on advanced problems of microsystems technology. Its primary role is to pioneer new research domains rather than provide practical advice on existing DARPA programs or immediate Department of Defense (DoD) needs.
  • Prof. Kontokosta has also been awarded a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Research Grant with Profs. Gupta and Van Nieuwerburgh and a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab/Real Estate Research Institute Grant with Prof. Pivo (ASU), Prof. Fuerst (Cambridge), and Prof. Sagi (UNC).
  • Congratulations to Prof. Stan Sobolevsky, who has just joined the PLOS ONE Editorial Board.


  • Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2018. “Urban Informatics in the Science and Practice of Planning,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, in press.
  • Traunmueller, Martin, Nicholas Johnson, Awais Malik, and Constantine E. Kontokosta. 2018. “Digital Footprints: Using WiFi Probe and Locational Data to Analyze Human Mobility Trajectories in Cities,” Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, in press.
  • Papadopoulos, Sokratis, Bartosz Bonczak, and Constantine E. Kontokosta. “Pattern recognition in building energy performance over time using energy benchmarking data.” Applied Energy,221 (2018): 576-586.

Upcoming Events

  • On Thursday, July 26th at 12:00pm, join Skyler Speakman of IBM Research Africa for a seminar on Mobile Phone-Based Credit Scoring & Pattern Detection on Hidden Layers of Neural Networks. IBM Research Africa is IBM’s 12th lab worldwide and is located in both Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa. Research staff members are tasked with tackling Africa’s Grand Challenges while also pushing their respective fields forward. The seminar will take place in the 12th floor seminar room. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: