nk-1Nicos Komninos is currently a professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a Master’s Degree of Architect-Engineer 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 courses on “Digital, Smart, Intelligent Cities: Theory and Strategies”, “Design and Development of 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 his research interests are on intelligent cities (cyber-physical systems of innovation, architectures of intelligence, strategies and applications). He has coordinated about one hundred research projects under the European research and territorial development programmes (H2020, FP, CIP, LDV, Interreg, SEE, MED) and has been honoured with the Award for Excellence and Innovation of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. He has worked also as an expert of the European Commission in the development of technology parks, regional innovation strategies, and actually in the assessment of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and Digital Growth Strategies across many regions of Europe. He has participated in the UNIDO activities for regional innovation in developing countries and has been member of the group of experts for drafting the OECD innovation strategy.

Fields of expertise:
Innovation systems analysis and strategy: 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 methodologies; measuring and assessment of innovation performance.
Intelligent cities / smart cities design and development: intelligent city genesis and evolution; ontologies and architectures; intelligent city strategy and planning; web platforms for the innovation economy, quality of life, transparent governance; smart city applications design and development; smart cities and future Internet technologies.
Strategic planning: methods and metrics; city and regional planning; planning for technology districts, science and technology parks, innovative clusters; urban renewal according to LEED-ND principles.

He has published extensively on urban and regional development, innovation territories, smart and intelligent cities. He is the author of twelve books including 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 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 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, and 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, Systems – Open Access Journal,


URENIO Research
School of Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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