Professor Dr Nicos Komninos
Professor Nicos Komninos is currently a professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He teaches courses on "Strategic Planning for Cities”, “Intelligent Cities”, “Smart City Applications Design and Development”, and “Innovation Systems and Strategy".
He is founder and director of the Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) and his fields of expertise are on city and regional planning, innovation systems analysis and strategy, and intelligent cities / smart cities design and development. He 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), and has been honoured with the Award for Excellence and Innovation of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. He has worked as 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 in developing countries and in the drafting of the OECD innovation strategy.