Headshot of Constantine E. Kontokosta

Deputy Director for Academics;
Assistant Professor;
Head, Quantified Community

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.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. Forthcoming, 2015. Big Data and Sustainable Property Markets: Decision-Making in the Age of Informatics. London: Routledge.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Awais Malik. 2015. The Resilience to Disasters and Emergencies Index: A Methodology for Quantifying Community Resilience Capacity. Report to the New York State Office of Storm Recovery.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2015. “Do Inclusionary Zoning Policies Disperse Affordable Housing? A Comparative Spatial Analysis,” Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

City of New York. New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report, 2014. New York, NY: Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, September (Provided data analysis and policy recommendations).

Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Daniel Marasco. 2014. NYSERDA Home Performance with Energy Star Program Analysis and Predictive Modeling. Reported prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Office of the Governor.

Fuerst, F., Kontokosta, C., & McAllister, P. (2014). Determinants of Green Building AdoptionEnvironment and Planning, B(41), 551-570.

Jain, R., Moura, J., & Kontokosta, C. (2014). Big Data and Big Cities: Graph Signals of Urban Air PollutionIEEE Signal Processing, (31), 130-136.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2014. “A Market-Specific Methodology for a Commercial Building Energy Performance Index,” Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Jain, R., Damoulas, T., & Kontokosta, C. (2014). Towards Data-Driven Energy Consumption Forecasting of Multi-Family Residential Buildings: Feature Selection via The LassoComputing in Civil and Building Engineering, 1675-1682.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). From Transparency to Transformation: A Market-Specific Methodology for a Commercial Building Energy Performance Rating System. New York University – Center for Urban Science and Progress.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). Energy Disclosure, Market Behavior, and the Building Data EcosystemAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences,(1295), 34-43.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). “Tall Buildings and Urban Expansion: Tracing the History of Zoning in the United States“. ASCE Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering, (13), 190-198.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). Local Law 84 Energy Benchmarking Data: 2nd Year AnalysisReport to the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.(Provided Data Analysis with David Hsu).

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2012. “The Price of Victory: The Impacts of the Olympic Games on Residential Real Estate Markets,” Urban Studies 49: 961-978

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2012. “Predicting Building Energy Efficiency Using New York City Benchmarking Data,” Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2011. “Greening the Regulatory Landscape: The Spatial and Temporal Diffusion of Green Building Policies in U.S. Cities,” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate 3: 68-90.