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Professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy at the Aristotle University of ThessalonikiNicos Komninos is a professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and director of the Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO). His expertise is on “intelligent cities” and “cyber-physical systems of innovation”. He has coordinated about one hundred projects under the European research and territorial development programmes and has been honoured with the Award for Excellence and Innovation for achievements in competitive research. He has worked as an expert for the European Commission in the development of technology parks, regional innovation strategies and digital growth strategies across many regions of Europe; for UNIDO on innovation in developing countries; and the OECD innovation strategy. He has published extensively on territories of innovation, smart and intelligent cities, including a trilogy on intelligent cities (Routledge 2002; 2008; 2014). He is associate editor of the “Journal of Smart Cities” and member of the editorial board of other ten academic journals.