Nicos Komninos is a researcher and author among the founders of the intelligent (smart) city paradigm.  He published the trilogy Intelligent Cities: Innovation, knowledge systems and digital spaces (Routledge 2002), Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks (Routledge 2008), and The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-all Strategies (Routledge 2014). He guest-edited five special issues on smart cities: “Intelligent Clusters, Communities and Cities: Enhancing innovation with virtual environments and embedded systems” International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (1.4, 2009); “Smart Applications for Smart Cities” Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (3, 2012); “Smart Cities and the Future Internet in Europe” Journal of the Knowledge Economy (4.2, 2013) ; “Intelligent Environments and Planning for Urban Renewal” Sustainability (8, 2016); and “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing” Journal of Smart Cities (2.1, 2016). Two forthcoming books are Smart Cities and Connected Intelligence (Routledge, Jan 2020) and Smart Cities in the Post-algorithmic Era (Edward Elgar, Dec 2019).

He holds a master’s degree of Architecture-Engineering from the Aristotle University, post-graduate studies in Semantics with A. J. Greimas, and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS Paris) under the supervision of P.H. Chombart de Lauwe. He is professor emeritus at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and taught courses on “Intelligent Cities: Architectures and Strategies”, “Design and Development of Software Applications for Smart Cities”, “Strategic Planning for Urban Development”, and “Learning Regions: Innovation and Regional Development in Europe”. Currently he is CEO of Intelspace Innovation Technologies SA, a company doing research on technologies and platforms for smart cities.

He is the founder of URENIO Research and has coordinated more than  one hundred research projects under the European research and territorial development programmes (H2020, FP, CIP, LDV, Interreg, SEE, MED). He has been honoured with the Excellence and Innovation Award of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. Alongside to research he took part in the development of smart cities, technology parks, and innovation strategies in most EU countries; in UNIDO activities for innovation in developing countries; in the group of experts for drafting the OECD Innovation Strategy; in evaluation of research in the EU, Nordic countries, Asia and New Zealand; and in research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and digital growth strategies across many regions of Europe.

His research interests are on intelligent / smart cities: (1) the cyber-physical systems of innovation that are created in intelligent cities and determine their effectiveness, (2) the structure, ontologies, and architectures of city’s connected intelligence; and (3) the strategy and governance of smart cities, and the design and development of platforms and applications for smart growth, city sustainability, and safety.

He has authored about 170 papers, including twelve books, on urban and regional planning, innovation territories and strategies, intelligent and smart cities. He is associate editor and member of the editorial board in twelve academic journals, subject editor of IET Smart Cities, and co-editor of Elsevier’s new book series on smart cities.


Intelspace Innovation Technologies SA
Balkan Center – Building C
10th km Thessaloniki – Thermi
57001 Thermi Greece
Phone: +30 2310 028615
Email: komninos@urenio.org