Haris Koutsopoulos

Professor & 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, mobility on demand, intelligent transportation systems, public transportation operations


  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • IEEE
  • Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTR)

Research Overview

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

Selected Research Projects

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
    Principal Investigator, Boston Research Partnership
  • Transport for London Research Partnership
    Principal Investigator, Transport for London

Selected Publications

  • B. Mo, Z. Ma, H.N. Koutsopoulos, J. Zhao, Capacity-constrained Network Performance Model for Urban Rail Systems, Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2674, 2020, 59-69
  • Tympakianaki, H.N. Koutsopoulos, E. Jenelius, Anatomy of Tunnel Congestion: Causes and Implications for Tunnel Traffic Management, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 83, 2019, 498-508
  • Halvorsen, H.N. Koutsopoulos, Z. Ma, J. Zhao, Design and Evaluation of Transit Demand Management Programs Using Smart Card Data, Transportation, 2019
  • Z. Ma, H.N. Koutsopoulos, Y. Chen, N.H.M. Wilson Estimation of Denied Boarding in Urban Rail Systems: Alternative Formulations and Comparative Analysis, Forthcoming, Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal Transportation Research Board, 2673, 2019, 771-778
  • Z. Ma, H.N. Koutsopoulos, Optimal Design of Promotion Based Transit Demand Management Strategies, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 109, 2019, 155-173


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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