Simon Elias Bibri

Researcher—Data–Driven Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future—and Assistant Professor

Background and activities



Simon Elias Bibri is Researcher and Assistant Professor in the area of data–driven smart sustainable cities of the future at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer and Information Science and Department of Architecture and Planning, Trondheim, Norway.


Bibri is Editorial Board for Smart Cities, Urban Science, Energies, Sustainability, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Cities and Society, and Land Journals. 


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Bibri has pursued a long academic journey by studying a range of subject areas at the intersection of science, technology, and society. His intellectual endeavors and pursuits have resulted in an educational background encompassing knowledge from various disciplines—namely computer science, engineering science, systems science, environmental science, as well as the social  sciences



He holds the following degrees:


  • Bachelor of Science in computer engineering with a major in computer information systems 
  • Master of Science in computer science—research focused—with a major in informatics and Ambient Intelligence 
  • Master of Science in computer and systems sciences with a major in decision support and risk analysis
  • Master of Science in entrepreneurship and innovation with a major in new venture creation
  • Master of Science in strategic leadership toward sustainability
  • Master of Social Science with a major in sustainable urban planning and development
  • Master of Science in environmental science with a major in eco-technology and sustainable development
  • Master of Social Science with a major in business administration (MBA)
  • PhD in computer science and sustainable urban development with a focus on data–driven smart sustainable cities of the future.

Bibri has earned all his Master’s degrees from different Swedish universities, namely Lund University, West University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Malmö University, Stockholm University, and Mid–Sweden University.


Before embarking on his long academic journey, Simon had served as a green ICT and sustainability strategist, IT manager, software development engineer, researcher, and consultant. Over the past years and in parallel with his academic studies, he has been involved in a number of research and consulting projects pertaining to environmental innovations, integrated renewable energy and smart energy technologies, smart cities, data strategies for sustainable urban development, sustainable business model innovation, and green ICT strategies.


Bibri's current research interests include smart sustainable cities, urban science. philosophy of big data science, social shaping of big data technology, data–driven scientific urbanism, urban computing and intelligence, as well as AIoT and big data analytics and their core enabling technologies, namely sensor technologies, data processing platforms, cloud and fog computing models, simulation models, and decision support systems.


Bibri has a genuine interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. His general research interests fall within the following areas:


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Urban planning and design
  • Urban governance 
  • Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT)
  • Data-driven smart sustainable urbanim
  • Data-driven compute-intensive urbanism 
  • Sustainable cities (e.g., symbiotic city, eco–city,  low-carbon city, green city, compact city)
  • Smart cities (e.g., real–time city, data–driven city, ubiquitous city)
  • Integrated renewable energy and smart energy technologies
  • Data-driven smart solutions for environmental sustainability
  • Environmental innovations and renewable energy transitions
  • Sustainability transition governance
  • Science, technology, and innovation studies
  • Circular economy and business model innovation for sustainability
  • Technological  innovation systems
  • Industrial ecology and circular metabolism


Bibri has authored six books and edited two books, entitled as follows:


  • Data-Driven Smart Eco-Cities of the Future: Urban Computing and Intelligence Innovations for Environmental Sustainability Planning (forthcoming).
  • Furure Smart Cities, 425 pages, Springer (forthcoming)
  • Resilient and Responsible Smart Cities, 450 pages, Springer, 12/2021. 
  • Advances in the Leading Paradigms of Urbanism and their Amalgamation: Compact Cities, Eco–Cities, and Data–Driven Smart Cities,  525 pages, Springer, 06/2020
  • Big Data Science and Analytics for Smart Sustainable Urbanism: Unprecedented Paradigmatic Shifts and Practical Advancements, 505 pages, Springer, 06/2019
  • Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: The Untapped Potential of Big Data Analytics and Context–Aware Computing for Advancing Sustainability, 660 pages, Springer, 03/2018
  • The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence: Cognitive, Emotional, Affective, Behavioral and Conversational Aspects, 525 pages, Springer, 07/2015
  • The Shaping of Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Historico–epistemic, Socio–cultural, Politico–institutional and Eco–environmental Dimensions, 305 pages, Springer, 11/2015



Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications