The URBAN AND REGIONAL INNOVATION Research (URENIO) is a university laboratory at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki focusing on the design, development and governance of innovation ecosystems and intelligent cities.
URENIO research and supply of technological services are the fields of urban and regional development, innovation systems and strategies, and intelligent cities. URENIO is part of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Development in the Faculty of Technology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. URENIO has participated in numerous research projects funded by the European R&D Framework Programmes (FP and H2020), the Competitiveness and Innovation Programmes (CIP), the EU territorial cooperation programmes (INTERREG, MED, SEE, etc.), the Innovative Actions of the European Regional Development Fund, the OECD, and the United Nations. Research carried out in the Lab is acknowledged by leading organisations worldwide. It is among the early proponents of research in the field of intelligent cities, having introduced the concept of intelligent cities as cyber-physical systems of innovation and the most advanced innovative agglomerations. URENIO is certified with ISO 9001 for the Design and Development of Software.
The mission of URENIO Research is to promote the innovation-led development of cities and regions, the creation of innovation territories, environments supporting R&D, human skills, and learning, and intelligent cities as main planning and development model for the present period.
URENIO promotes also the development of cloud-based infrastructure and solutions for smart cities, repositories for hosting applications and solutions, and a strategic approach to the development of intelligent / smart cities scaling-up from learning to strategy elaboration and then to technology design and development.
The Lab is also active in the field of smart specialisation and smart growth, supporting regions in the design of innovation strategies or digital growth strategies, and online platforms and methods that facilitate the design and implementation of those strategies.