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 of the future at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer 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 an unusual academic journey by studying a range of subject areas at the intersection of science, technology, and society. His intellectual endeavors have resulted in an educational background encompassing knowledge from, and meta–knowledge about, various disciplines—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 software development
  • Master of Science in computer science—research focused—with a major in Context Awareness and Natural Interaction in Ambient Inteligence
  • 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 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)
  • Master of Arts in communication and media for social change
  • Master of Social Science with a major 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 a ICT and sustainability strategist, IT business engineer, project coordinator, 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 sustainability innovations, environmental innovations, integrated renewable enrgy and smart energy, smart cities, sustainable 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 sustianability science,  urban complexity, data–driven scientific urbanism, urban computing and intelligence, as well as the IoT and big data analytics and their core enabling and driving technologies, namely sensor technologies, data processing platforms, cloud and fog computing models, Artificial Intelligence, and wireless communication networks.


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


  • Sustainable development goals (SDG) 11 and 13
  • Data-driven smart sustainable cities
  • Sustainable cities (e.g., compact city, eco–city,  green city, low-carbon city, symbiotic city)
  • Smart cities (e.g., real–time city, data–driven city, ambient city, ubiquitous city)
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Data-driven smart solutions for environmental sustainability
  • Integrated renewable energy and smart energy
  • Environmental innovations and sustainable energy transitions
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) 
  • Sustainabuility transition governance and socio-technical shifts
  • Technological and sectoral innovation systems
  • Industrial ecology (e.g., industrial symbiosis, eco-indusrial parks)
  • Technology, innovation, and environmental policies


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


1. Data-Driven Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: Urban Computing and Intelligence Innovations for Environmental Sustainability (to be published by Springer by mid-2022.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

7. Resilient and Responsible Smart Cities - Edition 2 (400 pages), Springer, 09/2021. 



Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications