Nicos 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 General Semantics with A. J. Greimas, and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, with P. H. Chombart de Lauwe. He teaches courses on “Strategic Planning for Cities”, “Learning Regions: innovation systems analysis and strategy”, “Smart City Applications Design and Development” and the postgraduate seminar “Intelligent Cities and Environments of Innovation”.
He is founder and director of the Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) and has coordinated about a hundred research projects under the European Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), Framework Programmes (FP), and Territorial Cooperation Programmes (Interreg, SEE, MED). He has been honoured with the Award for Excellence and Innovation of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. Along with research, he took part in the development of smart cities, technology parks, and innovation strategies in most EU countries; in UNIDO activities on regional innovation in developing countries; in the OECD innovation strategy; and actually in the assessment of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) across many regions of Europe.
Fields of research and expertise:
- City and regional strategic planning: strategic planning roadmap and methods; assessment of innovative agglomerations; planning for innovation clusters, planning for technology districts, technopoles, science and technology parks; urban regeneration projects.
- Innovation systems analysis and strategy: innovation and knowledge-based development; management of systems of innovation; innovation strategies; smart specialization strategies (RIS3); new product development methodologies and tools; measuring and benchmarking of innovation performance.
- Intelligent cities / smart cities design and development: intelligent city strategies and applications; planning for intelligent sectors and districts; web platforms for collective intelligence, technology transfer, collaborative new product development, digital marketplaces; smart innovation ecosystems; user-driven innovation ecosystems; living labs; future Internet technologies.
He has published extensively on urban and regional development and planning, 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 three 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); and “Smart Cities and the Future Internet in Europe”, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Vol.4.2, 2013 (together with H. Schaffers and M. Pallot).
He is member of the editorial board of eight academic journals and 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 Journal of Smart Cities. More at http://www.urenio.org/komninos/
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Elias G. Carayannis
Elias G. Carayannis is Senior Visiting Professor affiliated with URENIO. He is full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the Department of Information Systems & Technology Management, George Washington University in Washington, DC. His teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development.
He has published thirteen books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar. He has also published working papers with the World Bank and given invited lectures on a number of occasions at the World Bank, the IADB, the European Union, and several universities. Dr. Carayannis is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Journal of the Knowledge Economy; the Springer Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Systems View Across Time and Space; the IGI International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development; the Edward Elgar Book Series on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and the Springer Book Series on Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Margarita Angelidou is a senior research officer with skills in research projects management and implementation, as well as research project proposals authoring. She has been a member of URENIO Research since 2004, whereby she has worked in many European and national research projects related with urban, socio-economic, technological/digital growth. By education she is an urban planning and development engineer with a focus on urban, digital and social innovation (BSc, MSc, MBA). She has a PhD in Smart City Planning and Development and she is a post-doc research fellow of the Institute of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation in the field of Urban Digital Social Innovation. During her studies she received more than 10 fellowships and outstanding performance awards. Her research interests revolve around urban planning and development policy, as well as digital platforms and tools for addressing urban problems, urban and social innovation and the knowledge society.
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Dr. Yiannis FALAS has a Mining Engineer degree from the National Technical University of Athens and a PhD on “Clusters in Traditional Sectors” from the Architectural School of Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research focuses on European clusters, mainly of traditional sectors of the economy and lately of the wood/biomass/bioenergy sector. After graduation, he worked in the Region of Western Macedonia, as Assistant Co-ordinator of Transport Infrastructure program (1st and 2nd C.S.F.). He has then been the project manager of the Regional Innovation Strategy, RIS and RIS+ Projects, and the “Knowledge clusters” Innovative Actions Program of W.M.
He has been the coordinator of the Regional Innovation Pole of Western Macedonia and the Regional Innovation Office of W.M., as well as the National Coordinator of the Strategic Med project “PROFORBIOMED”. He has long experience with Cross-border and interregional cooperation projects (H2020, FP7, Interreg, Med, Black Sea, etc), coordinated several foresight exercises and has cooperated with a large number of S.M.E.s (feasibility studies, project proposals and implementation, etc).
He is currently the Director of the Bioenergy and Environment Cluster in Western Macedonia. His main interests are innovation and regional development, interregional and cross-border development strategies, namely for clusters and SMEs.
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Christina KAKDERI (MSc, PhD) is a regional economist and a researcher focusing on systems of innovation and smart innovation environments (national and regional innovation systems, technology policy, social networks, intelligent cities/districts). Since 2005 she has been involved in numerous EU and national funded projects related to spatial development and innovation ecosystems.
She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, an MSc from the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, UK and a PhD on innovation systems analysis from the Faculty of Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During her studies, she has received a three-year fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation and a fellowship from the Research Committee of AUTH. She has also attended a number of extended training courses, such as those of the DIMETIC network (in Strasbourg, Maastricht and Pecs) on innovation networks, policies and methodologies, and of the Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute (in Rome) on spatial econometrics.
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Stratos Manos is an Architect Engineer and PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thesis title: The Urban Regeneration and Internationalisation of Cities in Europe).
Since 1993 he is working as researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and participated in various projects of the European Union, including the RITTS of East Macedonia and Thrace, the Urban Pilot Project of Thessaloniki, and national projects on urban renewal, innovative spatial development, urban planning and regional development. He participated in European urban planning competitions.
Since 1997, he is member of a consulting group responsible for Regional and Local Development projects and Industrial Parks Development projects. He participated in the Evaluation of Central Macedonia”s Regional Operational Programme (especially in Technical Infrastructures and Local Development measures), the Cross-border cooperation projects (Euroregion “NESTOS-MESTA”-LACE), and the development of GIS applications.
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Giorgos MARTINIDIS (MSc, MA) is a psychologist specialising in research methods and social psychology, with further postgraduate studies in economics and politics in SE Europe. He is a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, researching the contribution of human capital to regional innovation systems.
Since 2007 he has worked on the implementation of various research projects and the drafting of project proposals for URENIO. In addition, he has worked on project administration and financial management both for URENIO and for the South Eastern Europe Research Centre (SEERC).
In 2014, he received an award by Transparency International for a study on corruption in Eastern Europe. He has published papers on various topics, including the view on mental disorders throughout history, the historical and social patterns of alcohol use, and minority rights and minority policies in SE Europe.
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Dimitris MILOSSIS is electrical engineer with studies in the School of Technology, University of Patra, Greece. He has a Diploma in Electronics for Telecommunications from the University of Southampton, England and a Masters cource in Business Adninistration (MBA) in University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). He is a PhD candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on the topic of “Regional Innovation Systems”.
Since 1999, his is working as a researcher at the URENIO research unit in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and participates in various European projects. His scientific interests are in business performance assessment (benchmarking), web development, and networking in Innovation Management Tools and New Product Development.
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Anastasia PANORI is a senior research associate. Her main research interests focus on urban and socio-economic development, as long as Smart Cities and Smart Specialisation Strategies at a regional level. Since 2012, she has been working as a researcher and has participated in various projects funded by the European Union and the Greek Government. By education, she is an Electrical and Computer Engineer (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Engineering) and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. She is also a PhD candidate in Economic and Regional Development in Panteion University of Athens.
Nitsa PAPADOPOULOU received a Masters in Business Administration from St John”s University U.S.A, specializing in strategic business planning and marketing. Her undergraduate studies are in Linguistics and Education.
Prior to her current position, she worked for consultancy companies and was responsible for the development of services and coordination of product delivery to clients, and training and monitoring of personnel. She has participated in research projects concerning regional development in the Health Network (Rhine Esprit Project DGXIII) and Interborder Development (ADAPT). Her scientific research interests are mainly focused on knowledge management and innovation management techniques.
Since April 2002, she is an active member of URENIO and participates in the implementation and coordination of research projects related to Regional Development and Innovation Technology for the regions of Thessaly, West Macedonia, and Ionian Islands.
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Maria PARASKEVA received a Master of Arts in Black Sea Cultural Studies from the International Hellenic University. She is a graduate of the Department of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Before her current position, she was a project manager at the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for seven years. She was also the head of the department that was responsible for combating people’s exclusion from occupation, and for the department that aimed at promoting graduates to labor.
During her career, she has worked at the “Organization of Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki “97”, and at Macedonian Press Agency. She has taught “Greek as a foreign language” and “vocational guidance” at the Vocational Training Centre, where she has also written the handbooks on both subjects. She also taught English (as a foreign language) at various coaching schools.
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Isidoros A. Passas
Isidoros A. PASSAS has a Bachelor of engineering on computer systems from the School of Engineering of University of Sussex in U.K. He is in the process of accomplishing his M.B.A. in University of Sheffield in the U.K. His scientific interests are in the application of information technology in business processes of SMEs, business and cluster intelligence, innovation measurement and benchmarking, and web 2.0 new product development, and website assessmenmt.
Since 2001, he has been working as a researcher at the URENIO research unit. He is currently involved in the development of web-based roadmaps concerning New Product Development and the creation of Spin-off companies and supports the URENIO web platform and applications related to benchmarking.
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Artemis PSALTOGLOU is an Architect Engineer and researcher focusing on urban planning and spatial development. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (AUTH) exploring the role and contribution of social innovation in cities. Her research interests include the concept of urban intelligence, the use of digital technologies in tackling urban challenges, as well as the social dimensions of smart cities.
In terms of education, she is a graduate of the Department of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and she holds a master degree on Smart Cities from the University of Girona (Spain). During her studies, she received a scholarship for her master studies from the spanish bank Santander and two scholarships from Stavros Niarchos Foundation for her participation in international workshops related to digital technologies and architecture (AA Visiting Thessaloniki and AA DLAB 2016). Since may 2016, she is working as a PhD researcher at URENIO participating in the implementation of research projects and the preparation of projects proposals.
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Maria S. Schoina
Maria S. Schoina is a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduation she was involved in several structural design studies as self-employed or in cooperation with a design and construction firm. She has also been working as a scientific researcher at the Universities of Thessaly and Western Macedonia, in a series of projects and studies in the fields of Regional Development, Innovation, Management of Technology and Tourism Management.
Since 2000 she has been working for the Urenio Research Unit of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, participating in the implementation and the management of research projects such as: InnoRegio: Dissemination of Innovation and Knowledge Management Techniques, InVent: Innovative Actions in Thessaly, Istos: Innovative Actions in the South Aegean, Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) in Southwest Bulgaria, Medi-Cube: Mediterranean Technology Led Incubator Co-operation.
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Elena SEFERTZI is associate professor of Spatial Systems and Innovation Strategies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Master’s Degree of Sociology from the University of Paris Rene Descartes – Sorbonne, a post-graduate degree (DEA), and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. Her teaching and research activities focus on regional innovation strategies, strategic planning, technology transfer and regional development. She has participated and coordinated more than fifty research projects funded by research organisations and the European Commission (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), Framework Programmes (FP), and Territorial Cooperation Programmes).
She is the author of numerous articles and editor of books, including “Flexibility and alternative corporate strategies” (Industrial Relations, vol. 51, no 1, 1996), “Neo-industrialisation and peripherality” (Geoforum, vol. 29, no 1, 1998), “Innovation in the every day life of libraries” (Technovation, no 20, 2000), “Changing regional systems of innovation in Greece” (European Planning Studies, 2003), “Innovation: System-areas, technology transfer, and innovative development in Greece” (Gutenberg,1998), “Innovation Development Technologies in Regions and Production Complexes” (Gutenberg, 2001),” Cost Cutting Innovative Technologies” (European Territorial Cooperation Programme, 2012).
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Paraskevi TARANI studied architecture at the School of Engineering in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, on the topic “The European Cities in the New Economy of Knowledge”.Her research interests include the area of urban and regional innovation, urban theory and planning.
As member of the URENIO research unit since 1994, she has been involved in several research projects dealing with city and regional development and innovation diffusion, such us: Regional Technological Project (RTP) of Central Macedonia, Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS+) Central Macedonia, Agropolis Technology Park of Thessaloniki, Innovation in Ionian Islands. Her experience in the field of urban planning includes several projects on urban renovation and planning, technology parks, and new areas development. A number of her projects and articles on the urban condition have been published in international magazines for architecture and urban planning (Techniques & Architecture, D” Architectures, Architecture in Greece, Threshold).
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Panagiotis C. TSARCHOPOULOS
Panagiotis C. TSARCHOPOULOS received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Urban and Spatial Planning from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1992 and 2013, respectively.
He supports the URENIO Research Unit web presence. Since 1993, he has been working in R&D projects funded either by the E.C. or the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology dealing with digital innovation spaces. His current research emphasis is on smart/intelligent cities and regions, and especially on the digital space of intelligent cities. He also teaches, with Professor Komninos, the “Digital Cities” course at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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Sotiris ZIGIARIS has an MSc in Computer Science graduate of Lamar University USA. He also has studied Business Administration Management. He received his PhD from Aristotle University in 2009 with a thesis of EU regional systems of innovation. His area of specialization is regional development, public innovation policy, and smart cities.
He has engaged in major re-engineering projects in the United States as well as in Greece, such as the BPR project in the National Telecommunication Organisation of Greece. He is participating in regional development projects in the region of Thessaly, Western Macedonia, Peloponnesus, Ionian Islands, Southern Aegean, working mainly in the design of regional innovation policymaking and the development of public support mechanisms for innovation management. He is a member of the technical assistance team for the regional development of the Bulgaria Ministry of Development. Since 2013 he is Ass. Professor of Business Administration at the MIS PMU University of Saudi Arabia.
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