Nicos Komninos is professor emeritus at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and CEO of Intelspace Technologies. 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 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 on (1) intelligent cities / smart cities: intelligent city formation and evolution; structure, ontologies and architectures of intelligence; intelligent city strategy, planning and governance; software applications design and development; smart cities and cloud computing, and (2) cyber-physical systems of innovation: digital innovation; user-driven innovation; software applications and platforms for innovation; territorial systems of innovation; innovation strategies; smart specialisation strategies (RIS3); digital growth strategies. These are two interrelated fields of research with cyber-physical systems of innovation making the problem-solving engine of intelligent cities.

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 research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and digital growth strategies across many regions of Europe. He has participated in evaluation of research in the EU, Nordic countries, Asia, and New Zealand, and at the Regiostars Awards 2019 of the European Commission.

He has authored about 170 papers, including thirteen books, on intelligent and smart cities, urban planning, innovation territories 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 latest 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 twelve academic journals, subject editor of IET Smart Cities, and co-editor of Elsevier’s new book series on smart cities