Simon Elias Bibri

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

Department of Computer Science Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Background and activities


Simon Elias Bibri is Researcher in the area of data–driven smart sustainable cities and Assistant Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer Science and Department of Architecture and Planning, Trondheim, Norway. His true passion for academic and lifelong learning, coupled with his natural thirst for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge, has led him to wittingly pursue an unusual academic journey by embarking on studying a diverse range of subject areas—at the intersection of computer science, data science, urban science, environmental science, and the social and human sciences. His intellectual pursuits and endeavors have resulted in an educational background encompassing knowledge from, and meta–knowledge about, different academic and scientific disciplines. He holds the following degrees:


  • Bachelor of Science in computer engineering with a major in software development and computer networks
  • Master of Science–research focused–in computer science with a major in Ambient Intelligence
  • Master of Science in computer science with a major in informatics
  • 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 Science in sustainable urban development
  • Master of Science in environmental science with a major in ecotechnology and sustainable development
  • Master of Social Science with a major in business administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts in communication and media for social change
  • Master of Science in economics and management
  • PhD in computer science and urban planning 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, Bibri had served as an ICT and sustainability strategist, IT business engineer, project manager, 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 smart sustainable cities, sustainable cities, green innovation, sustainable business model innovation, and green ICT strategies.


Bibri's current research interests include smart sustainable cities, sustainable cities, smart cities, urban science, urban analytics, sustainability science, complexity science, data–intensive science, data–driven scientific urbanism, as well as the IoT and big data analytics and their core enabling and driving technologies, namely sensor technologies, data processing platforms, data-centtic applications, cloud and fog computing models, and wireless communication networks.


Bibri has a genuine interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Given his multidisciplinary academic background, his general research interests fall within the following areas:


  • ICT of ubiquitous computing (i.e., Ambient Intelligence, the IoT, and Sentient Computing)
  • Big data science and analytics 
  • Data–driven smart sustainable urbanism
  • Sustainable cities (e.g., compact city, eco–city,  green city, environmental city, symbiocity)
  • Smart cities (e.g., real–time city, data–driven city, ambient city, ubiquitous city, sentient city)
  • Sustainability transitions and socio–technical shifts
  • Philosophy of science and scientific and epistemological paradigm shifts
  • Science and technology studies (STS) 
  • Technological innovation systems
  • Sustainable business model innovation
  • Industrial ecology (e.g., industrial symbiosis, smart urban metabolim, eco-indusrial parks)
  • Technology,  innovation, and environment policies.

Bibri has authored six academic books whose titles are as follows:


1. The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence: Cognitive, Emotional, Affective, Behavioral and Conversational Aspects (525 pages), Springer, 07/2015.

2. The Shaping of Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Historico–epistemic, Socio–cultural, Politico–institutional and Eco–environmental Dimensions (301 pages), Springer, 11/2015.

3. 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.

4. Big Data Science and Analytics for Smart Sustainable Urbanism: Unprecedented Paradigmatic Shifts and Practical Advancements (505 pages), Springer, 06/2019.

5. Advances in the Leading Paradigms of Urbanism and their Amalgamation: Compact Cities, Eco–Cities, and Data–Driven Smart Cities,  (501), Springer, 06/2020.

6. A Novel Model for Data-Driven Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: Backcasting as a Strategic Roadmap to Transformational Change, Springer, 03/2021.



Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications