Nicos Komninos is 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; 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 took part in the development of smart cities, technology parks, innovation strategies, and digital transformation strategies in many EU countries; in UNIDO activities for innovation in developing countries; in the group of experts that drafted the OECD innovation strategy; in research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) in Europe. He has participated in evaluation of research in the EU, the Nordic countries, Asia, and New Zealand, and in the Regiostars Awards 2019 of the European Commission.

He has authored about 190 publications, including thirteen books, on intelligent and smart cities, urban planning, innovation systems and strategies, 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 associate editor and member of the editorial board in fifteen academic journals, subject editor of IET Smart Cities, and co-editor of Elsevier’s book series on smart cities