Constantine E. Kontokosta, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning and Director of the Civic Analytics program at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. He also directs the Urban Intelligence Lab and holds cross-appointments at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and is affiliated faculty at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Constantine recently held positions as a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Warwick and a Senior Scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine. Previously, he served as the inaugural CUSP Deputy Director and Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at CUSP and Tandon. At CUSP, he was part of the Center’s founding leadership team and designed and launched one of the first graduate programs in urban science and informatics. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his research in urban informatics for sustainable cities, and was awarded grants from NSF to study data bias and fairness in city predictive analytics and to develop computational models for COVID-19 exposure risk and disease spread.
Constantine’s work has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals – in fields ranging from urban planning to signal processing – and has a forthcoming book on urban analytics and data-driven climate action. In addition to NSF, Constantine’s research is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others. His work has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, FastCompany, CityLab, Wired, CNN, and NPR and has been recognized with awards from IBM, the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange, and UN Global Pulse. He holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.S. from Columbia University, where he received the HUD Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Lincoln Institute’s C. Lowell Harriss Fellowship, a M.S. from New York University, and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania.