Nicos Komninos is a professor at the Faculty of Technology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and director of URENIO Research. He has coordinated more than a hundred projects under the European research and territorial development programmes, many of which focus on ‘intelligent cities’ and ‘cyber-physical systems of innovation’. He has worked as an expert with the European Commission in setting science and technology parks, regional innovation strategies, and digital growth strategies across many regions of Europe; with UNIDO on innovation in developing countries; and with the OECD on the respective innovation strategy. He has published extensively on innovation systems and strategies, urban planning, smart and intelligent cities, including the trilogy ‘The Age of Intelligent Cities’ (Routledge 2002; 2008; 2014). He is associate editor of the ‘Journal of Smart Cities’ and member of editorial board of other ten academic journals (more at www.komninos.eu).