Simon Elias Bibri

PhD Scholar—Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future

Department of Computer Science Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
+47 98846857
IT-bygget, Gløshaugen

Background and activities


Simon Elias Bibri is a Ph.D scholar in the area of smart sustainable cities of the future and Assistant Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer and Information Science and Department of Urban Design and Planning, Trondheim, Norway. His true passion for academic and lifelong learning, coupled with his natural thirst for interdisciplinary 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, information science, environmental science, and the social and human sciences. His intellectual pursuits and endeavors have hitherto 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 ICT management and strategy

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 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

Postgraduate degree (one year  of Master courses) in management and economics

PhD in ICT with a major in 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, still ongoing academic journey, Bibri had worked as a sustainability and ICT strategist, business 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 green ICT strategy, big data analytics and context-aware computing, strategic sustainability innovations, sustainable business model innovation, sustainable urban development, smart cities, and sustainable cities.


Bibri's current areas of research work include smart sustainable cities; Ambient Intelligence (AmI), Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Sentient Computing (SenComp) as well as how these computing paradigms relate to urban sustainability, sustainability science, urbanization, and urban design and planning; and big data analytics and context–aware computing and the associated core enabling technologies, namely sensor technologies, data processing platforms, cloud and fog computing infrastructures, and wireless communication networks.


Bibri has a genuine interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. In light of his multidisciplinary academic background, his research interests span or fall in the following areas:


ICT visions of ubiquitous computing 

Big data analytics and context–aware computing for urban sustainability

Sustainable urban development and planning

Sustainable city models (eco–city, compact city, green urbanism, new urbanism, etc.)

Smart city approaches (ambient city, ubiquitous city, sentient city, real–time city, Internet-of-things-enabled city, etc.)

Sustainability transitions and major socio–technical shifts

Green innovation and knowledge–intensive entrepreneurship

Philosophy and sociology of scientific knowledge

Social construction and shaping of science–based technology

Technological and national innovation systems

Sustainable business model innovation

Technology,  innovation, and environmental policy.


Bibri is the author of three recent books: two in the field of ubiquitous computing and one in the field of smart sustainable urban development. Also, he has occasionally been working on his fourth book in parallel with his doctoral studies. The titles of these books 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-Driven Smart Sustainable Urbanism: Unprecedented Paradigmatic, Scientific,  Practical and Futuristic Shifts  (405 pages).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Bibri, Simon Elias. (2018) Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: The Untapped Potential of Big Data Analytics and Context–Aware Computing for Advancing Sustainability. Springer Publishing Company. 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-73980-9.
  • Bibri, Simon Elias. (2015) The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence: Cognitive, Emotional, Affective, Behavioral and Conversational Aspects. Springer. 2015. ISBN 978-94-6239-130-7.
  • Bibri, Simon Elias. (2015) The Shaping of Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Historico–epistemic, Socio–cultural, Politico–institutional and Eco–environmental Dimensions. Springer. 2015. ISBN 978-94-6239-142-0.