The Urban Intelligence Lab is supported by a diverse group of funders, collaborators, and data partners. We thank them for their support.

Welcome from the Director

We use data to address problems facing cities and society. Through an inter-disciplinary approach centered around computational methods, we apply analytics to the study of the complex urban dynamics to advance the well-being, sustainability, and resilience of cities. Our research confronts the social, economic, and political realities facing cities, and seeks to understand how bias and inequality influence data-driven models and their application to urban operations, policy, and planning.

Cities can be viewed as the loci of complex interactions of numerous sub-systems, each with its own rhythm, function, and logic. Understanding system behavior requires a combination of patient observation and learning, an appetite to question and challenge models, and an appreciation of ‘messiness’. Cities are in many ways the messiest of complex systems, blending human, social, environmental, and physical systems within the constraints of regulatory, economic, and political realities.

The Urban Intelligence Lab is focused on creating new data-driven methodologies and insights for the study of the urban environment. Our work is grounded in solving real-world problems, and providing decision-makers with a comprehensive understanding of the inter-relationship between physical infrastructure, nature, and human systems that is based on evidence and rigorous, objective research. Our inter-disciplinary team – combining methodological and domain expertise from engineering, data science, economics, design, and urban planning – is trained to harness, integrate, and interpret large-scale urban data streams to address the societal challenge of improving quality-of-life in existing and future cities.


Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD, PE
Director, Urban Intelligence Lab
Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning
Director, Civic Analytics Program
Marron Institute of Urban Management
New York University

Building Informatics

Our Building Informatics research advances the fundamental understanding of energy and resource consumption in buildings and urban environments to inform sustainability and resilience policy.


Community Informatics

The Quantified Community research Initiative uses sensors and community-driven data to measure, analyze, and understand the interactions of physical, environmental, and human systems within and across a diverse range of neighborhoods.


Urban Informatics

Our Urban Informatics research directly engages with city agencies and non-profit organizations to acquire, analyze, and derive insight from a diverse array of data in order to solve tangible and significant problems of city management, policy, and planning.


About the Director

Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE, Director of the Urban Intelligence Lab, holds joint faculty appointments at the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. He is also a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Warwick and the founding Deputy Director for Academics at CUSP.

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