nk-1Nicos Komninos is a researcher and author among the founders of the intelligent (smart) city paradigm.  He has 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 was the guest editor of 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, Vol. 1.4, 2009; “Smart Applications for Smart Cities”, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Vol. 2012.3 (together with H. Schaffers and C. Ratti); “Smart Cities and the Future Internet in Europe”, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Vol.4.2, 2013 (together with H. Schaffers and M. Pallot); “Intelligent Environments and Planning for Urban Renewal”, Sustainability, 8, 2016; and “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing”, Journal of Smart Cities, Vol. 2.1, 2016 (together with C. Kakderi and P. Tsarchopoulos).

He is currently a professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy 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 Sciences Sociales, Paris, under the supervision of P.H. Chombart de Lauwe. He teaches the courses “Smart and 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 director of the Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) 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 the UN 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 and New Zealand; and currently in the assessment of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and digital growth strategies across many regions of Europe.

Fields of expertise:
Intelligent cities / smart cities design and development: intelligent city formation and evolution; ontologies and architectures; intelligent city strategy and planning; smart city platforms for growth, sustainability, safety, and governance; software applications design and development; smart cities and cloud computing.
Urban planning: strategic planning; planning and design methods and metrics; planning for technology districts, science and technology parks, innovative clusters; urban renewal by LEED-ND principles.
Innovation systems and innovation strategies: innovation and knowledge-based development; management of systems of innovation; user-driven innovation ecosystems; cyber-physical systems of innovation; innovation strategies; smart specialisation strategies (RIS3); new product development methods; measuring and assessment of innovation performance.

He has published more than 150 papers on urban and regional development, innovation territories, smart and intelligent cities and twelve books. He is associate editor of the Journal of the Knowledge Economy, the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A system’s view across time and space, and the new Journal of Smart Cities, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development; European Journal of Innovation Management; TeMA. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment; International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development;  International Journal of Knowledge-based Development; International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation; International Journal of Applied Management Sciences and Engineering, and Systems – Open Access Journal, and co-editor of Elsevier’s new book series on smart cities.


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