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 in computer science with a major in ICT for sustainability
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 and planning
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 smart sustainable cities of the future (underway).
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, project manager, and consultant. Over the past few 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, 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 computing infrastructures, middleware architectures, and wireless communication networks.
Bibri has a genuine interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. In light of his multidisciplinary academic background, his research interests include the following areas:
ICT visions of pervasive computing
Big data analytics and context–aware computing for sustainability
Sustainable urban planning and development
Sustainable city models (eco–city, compact city, green urbanism, new urbanism, etc.)
Smart city approaches (ambient city, ubiquitous city, sentient city, real–time city, etc.)
Sustainability transitions and 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 environment policy.
Bibri is the author of three recent books: two in the field of pervasive computing and one in the field of smart sustainable cities of the future. 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. Unprecedented shifts in the Philosophy and Sociology of Sustainability Science in the Exabyte Age: The Unique Power of the Big Data Deluge (400 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
- (2018) A Foundational Framework for Smart Sustainable City Development: Theoretical, Disciplinary, and Discursive Dimensions and Their Synergies Journal: Sustainable Cities and Society. Sustainable cities and society.
- (2018) The IoT for Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: An Analytical Framework for Sensor–Based Big Data Applications for Environmental Sustainability. Sustainable cities and society.
- (2017) ICT of the New Wave of Computing for Sustainable Urban Forms: Their Big Data and Context–Aware Augmented Typologies and Design Concepts. Sustainable cities and society. vol. 32.
- (2017) On the Social Shaping Dimensions of Smart Sustainable Cities: A Study in Science, Technology, and Society. Sustainable cities and society. vol. 29.
- (2017) Smart sustainable cities of the future: An extensive interdisciplinary literature review. Sustainable cities and society. vol. 31.
- (2017) The Core Enabling Technologies of Big Data Analytics and Context-Aware Computing for Smart Sustainable Cities: A Review and Synthesis. Journal of Big Data. vol. 4 (1).
- (2017) Big Data and Context–Aware Computing Applications for Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future. CEUR Workshop Proceedings. vol. 1818.
- (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.
- (2015) The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence: Cognitive, Emotional, Affective, Behavioral and Conversational Aspects. Springer. 2015. ISBN 978-94-6239-130-7.
- (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.