Dimitra Simeonidou

Head of Bristol Digital Futures Institute and Professor and Director, Smart Internet Lab


Co-creating the next generation connectivity infrastructures:  Designing for a sustainable, inclusive and human-centric Future Internet

This talk will discuss co-creational, socio-technical approaches to future network innovation. I will be reflecting on lessons learned working with a wide range of sectors, from smart cities to digital creative, logistics and manufacturing. Looking forward, I will be presenting UK-funded initiatives aiming to develop co-creational innovation methodologies for the Telecommunications sector, addressing key societal challenges such as climate change, inequalities and trust.


Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research focuses on the fields of high-performance networks, programmable networks, Future Internet, wireless-optical convergence, 5G/6G and smart city infrastructures.

In the past few years, she is increasingly working with Social Sciences and Humanities on topics of climate change and digital transformation for society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G and Open RAN pilots.

Dimitra is a member of the DSIT Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council, a founding member of UKTIN and has led major research projects funded by UKRI and the EC. She is currently coordinating the DSIT REASON project, developing blueprint architectures and technologies for 6G.

She is the author and co-author of over 700 publications, numerous patents and several contributions to standards. She has been a co-founder of three spin-out companies developing solutions for connected smart infrastructures.

Dimitra is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), a Fellow of WWRF, a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar and a member of UKCRC.