Haris Koutsopoulos

Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



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Research Focus

Urban transportation networks and informatics, public transportation operations, mobility on demand


  • PhD, Transportation Systems, MIT, 1986
  • MS, Transportation, MIT, 1983
  • B.Sc.Eng., National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1980

Honors & Awards

  • August-Wihelm Scheer Visiting Professor, TUM, Technical University of Munich
  • 2016 Traffic Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award, Transportation Research Board
  • 2011 IEEE ITS Outstanding Application Award
  • 2010 IBM Smarter Planet Award

Research Overview

Urban transportation networks and informatics, public transportation operations, mobility on demand

Urban transportation networks and informatics, public transportation operations, mobility on demand

Transit Mobility Lab

With increased urbanization, providing for mobility is an issue that cities around the world are struggling to deal with. Transit is becoming an increasingly important means of addressing urban mobility issues. Professors Koutsopoulos, from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at NEU, and Zhao and Wilson from MIT’s Transit Group, have formed the Transit Mobility Lab in order to promote innovation in public transportation.

Transit Mobility Lab

Selected Research Projects

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
    • – Principal Investigator, Boston Research Partnership
  • Transport for London Research Partnership
    • – Principal Investigator, Transport for London
  • Transit-Centric Smart Mobility for Urban Growth Centers: Improving Energy Efficiency through Machine Learning (DOE)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Academic Partnership (WMATA)

Selected Publications

  • Y. Leng, J. Zhao, H. N. Koutsopoulos, Leveraging Individual and Collective Regularity to Profile and Segment User Locations from Mobile Phone Data, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp 1-22, 2021, doi.org/10.1145/3449042
  • P. Noursalehi, H. N. Koutsopoulos, J Zhao, Predictive decision support platform and its application in crowding prediction and passenger information generation, Transportation Research Part C, 2021, doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2021.103139
  • T. Liu, Z. Ma, H. N. Koutsopoulos, Unplanned Disruption Analysis in Urban Railway Systems Using Smart Card Data, Urban Rail Transit, 2021, doi.org/10.1007/s40864-021-00150-x
  • J. Zhou, H.N. Koutsopoulos, Virus Transmission Risk in Urban Rail Systems: A Microscopic Simulation-based Analysis of Spatio-temporal Characteristics, Transportation Research Record, 2021, doi.org/10.1177/03611981211010181
  • Y. Zhu, H. N. Koutsopoulos, N. H.M. Wilson, Passenger Itinerary Inference Model for Congested Urban Rail Networks, accepted for publication in Transportation Research C, doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2020.102896
  • P. Noursalehi, H. N. Koutsopoulos and J. Zhao, “Dynamic Origin-Destination Prediction in Urban Rail Systems: A Multi-Resolution Spatio-Temporal Deep Learning Approach,” accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, doi: 10.1109/TITS.2020.3047047
  • B. Mo, Z. Ma, H. N. Koutsopoulos, and J. Zhao, Calibrating Path Choices and Train Capacities for Urban Rail Transit Simulation Models Using Smart Card Data. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Advanced Transportation, forthcoming, doi.org/10.1155/2021/5597130


Apr 27, 2023

FY24 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 12 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY24 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects. Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Equitable Congestion Mitigation in Urban Transportation Systems Seyede Fatemeh Ghoreishi (Civil & Environmental Engineering/Computer Science), Daniel Aldrich (Political Science/SPPUA) Wind View AI Nathan Post (Roux), Enrico Bertini (Computer […]


Sep 26, 2022

Impact Engines Spur Multidisciplinary Research Innovation to Solve Global Challenges

Northeastern University has selected its first cohort of Impact Engines to ignite measurable change in problem-solving, three of the five of which are led by engineering faculty.


Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]


Sep 06, 2018

Creating an Optimal Sharing Economy

Professors Ozlem Ergun (MIE), Haris Koutsopoulos (CEE), and Jennie Stephens (CSSH/Affiliated CEE) were awarded a $99K NSF grant for a “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Sharing economy – Humans, Automation, Resilience and Engineering: SHARE”.


Mar 13, 2017

Koutsopoulos Awarded Funding for MIT-NU Transit Lab

CEE Professor Haris Koutsopoulos, in collaboration with MIT’s Transit Group, has received funding from international partner, Mass Transit Railway (Hong Kong), to study innovations in public transportation.


Jan 31, 2017

Addressing the Nation’s Pressing Transportation Challenges

Northeastern University is one of 18 “forward thinking and influential institutions” selected by the USDOT to focus on exploring the challenges facing land and transit systems in America’s Northeast.

Aug 24, 2016

Real-Time Predictive Transit

CEE Professor Haris Koutsopoulos is using real-time factors such as weather and events to create predictive models for public transit.

Mar 03, 2016

Koutsopoulos Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

CEE Professor Haris Koutsopoulos was awarded the Traffic Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award by the Transportation Research Board.

Sep 01, 2014

New Faculty Spotlight: Haris Koutsopoulos

Haris Koutsopoulos joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Professor starting in Fall 2014. Prof. Koutsopoulos has held prior faculty appointments at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. His research focuses on urban transportation networks and informatics, including study of urban mobility and […]

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