Ria Kontou

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Specialization: Transportation Planning

Ria Kontou is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Ria conducted research as a postdoc at the Transportation Systems Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, analyzing energy impacts of connected and automated vehicles as well as ride-sourcing services, funded by the Department of Energy and California Energy Commission. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, focusing on transportation, from University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Yafeng Yin. She holds a M.Sc. from Virginia Tech and a Diploma (B.Sc.) from the National Technical University of Athens, both in Civil Engineering. Her research interests lie in the fields of  transportation planning, emerging vehicle technologies, energy, and operations. She is a member of the Standing Committee of Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies (ADC80) of the Transportation Research Board.