Nicos Komninos is a professor emeritus at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 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 has 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”.
He is the founder and director of URENIO Research and has coordinated more than one hundred projects under the European research and territorial development programmes (H2020, FP, CIP, LDV, Interreg, SEE, MED). His research interests are in two fields (1) intelligent / smart cities: formation and evolution; ontology; architectures of connected intelligence; intelligent city strategy and planning; smart city platforms for growth, sustainability, safety, and governance; smart city software design and development; smart cities and cloud computing, (2) cyber-physical systems of innovation: knowledge and innovation networks; innovating with data; user-driven innovation; platform-ecosystems; software applications and platforms for innovation; design thinking; innovation strategies; smart specialisation strategies (RIS3); measuring of innovation performance. These are two interdependent fields of research, with cyber-physical systems of innovation being the problem-solving engine in intelligent cities.
Alongside to research, he worked as an expert for the European Commission in the design and assessment of science and technology parks (1994-1998), regional innovation strategies (1995-2012), research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (2012-2021), and the assessment of Regiostars Awards (2019). He also participated in the group of experts that drafted the OECD innovation strategy and in UNIDO’s innovation activities for developing countries. He has evaluated research projects from EU counties, the Nordic countries, Asia, and New Zealand.
He was a member of the team that designed and developed numerous software applications for smart cities, such as Improve-my-City, CloudFunding, Virtual Marketplace, SaferCity, Hotel Energy Solutions, and many others, the Intelligent City Software and Solutions Repository, and the 28 applications of the Online S3 Platform supporting Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation.
He has authored about 200 publications, including thirteen books, on intelligent and smart cities, urban planning, innovation strategies, and digital innovation, among which 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). His more recent books are Smart Cities and Connected Intelligence (Routledge, 2020) and Smart Cities in the Post-algorithmic Era (Edward Elgar, 2019).
He has been honoured with the Excellence and Innovation Award of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. He is co-editor, associate editor, and member of the editorial board (MEB) in fifteen academic journals: