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Nach der Katastrophe geht das Gezerre weiter

Nach der Katastrophe geht das Gezerre weiter | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it
Fast drei Jahre nach der Loveparade-Katastrophe haben die Betroffenen noch keine Akteneinsicht. Anwalt Julius Reiter kritisiert das schleppende Ermittlungsverfahren und das Gezerre um Verantwortung.
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The Scientific Concert at EPFL

If you missed the scientific event hosted by EPL earlier this month on 6th December, you can now watch it on the video link .
>The Scientific Concert performance by the Geneva Brass Quintet played music set to the 6 research megaprojects and contains insights from presenter Daniel Saraga, Dirk Helbing, FuturICT Scientic Coordinator and other Flagship leaders.
>Here are more details from the event programme:
The music was composed by Ludovic Neurohr and Lionel Walter is the project coordinator.
>CONTEXT: In 2010, the European Union launched a contest aimed at delivering 1 billion euros to a research project (FET Flagship Initiatives). After a first selection among 26 projects submitted, 6 are still competing. The winner will be nominated at the beginning of February 2013. All projects are absolutely fascinating and will extend the horizons of science. Their themes are: sensors, the brain, simulations, virtual avatars, robots and graphene. 
>PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The idea is to set these 6 scientific projects to music during a concert. There will be 6 scenes, one for each project. Every scene will be opened by Daniel Saraga, a science journalist, who will describe the scientific project. The project will then be set to music by the “Geneva Brass Quintet” (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba). The music chosen for each scene reflects the scientific content of each project. 
Each scene will last more or less 15 minutes, with 5 minutes allocated to the project description and 10 minutes to music. The concert will thus last approximately 2 hours, intermission included. This event, at the border between music and science, will enable scientists and the general public to meet and dialogue. 
With the help of music, the major scientific projects of the 21st century will become concrete for the general public.
>PARTICIPANTS: Geneva Brass Quintet Established in 2001, the Geneva Brass Quintet is a chamber music group of Swiss musicians. After studying at the Geneva Conservatory, they all graduated with a Master of Music. Eager to create a close-knit musical unit and being particularly attracted to chamber music, they formed the 'Geneva Brass Quintet' (GBQ) with the aim of sharing their passion with the public. 
Well-known in Switzerland, the GBQ has already performed at the Sion Festival, St-Germain concerts in Geneva and the "Guilde romande de la musique de chambre" (French-speaking Chamber Music Guild), as well as at prestigious venues such as the Victoria Hall and Saint Peter's Cathedral in Geneva. The Geneva Brass Quintet regularly plays for various Swiss radios and has also been invited many times to the Espace 2 (Swiss radio) “Schubertiades”. 
In 2008, the GBQ started an international career with an extensive tour in South Africa. After this, they received an invitation to the festival "Cuivres en Dombes" and to the Mégève festival and embarked on another extensive tour in China and a concert in Dubaï in 2011. Other projects are emerging in Latin America and Asia. 
The first GBQ CD, "Brass@ge", released by VDE Gallo, received excellent reviews in Switzerland and abroad. For its 10th anniversary, the GBQ is preparing a second CD along with other musicians : panflute, organ, soprano and choir. Indeed, in addition to numerous recitals, the group opens up to fruitful collaborations, many of which have already been noticed : series of concerts with the Sinfonietta of Lausanne, the Polhymnia choir or the Wind Band of Lausanne. 
The GBQ repertoire is extremely eclectic in style and period. It also emphasises Swiss composers, many of whom have written pieces specifically for the GBQ. 
Finally, each year in early February, the GBQ organises the Geneva Brass Festival, an international event dedicated to brass which takes place in Geneva. 
GBQ members are: Samuel Gaille et Lionel Walter, trumpets Christophe Sturzenegger, horn David Rey, trombone Eric Rey, tuba

SCIENTIFIC AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
Prelude: small introduction by the Geneva Brass Quintet.

1ST SCENE
Scientific Project : FUTURICT 
Steven Bishop, University College London, UK &Dirk Helbing, EPFZ, Switzerland
DESCRIPTION :
Analyse all socio-economic data available on the Internet to simulate and prevent crises.
MUSIC :
Violin concert in A minor, BWV 1041 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arranged by Michel Torreilles
DESCRIPTION :
For this highly mathematical project, we have chosen the most mathematical of composers: Johann Sebastian Bach. This piece, the complete structure of which can be mathematically analysed, showcases the intrinsic power of mathematics to get extraordinary compositions when associated with the genius of Bach or to predict future crises when associated with the talent of FuturICT project’s researchers.

2ND SCENE
Scientific Project :
Human Brain Project
Henry Markram, EPFL, Switzerland
Description :
Simulate a human brain on a computer at the microscopic scale.
Music :
Four Sketches
Anthony Plog (*1947)
Description :
This piece is based on sonic cells that propagate and enrich themselves throughout the four movements of the piece, like the transmission of electrical signals in the brain. In four very contrasting, yet connected by a sound unity, parts this piece perfectly illustrates the complexity and beauty of the human brain.

3RD SCENE
Scientific Project :
IT Future of Medicine
Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
Description :
Create a computer model of patients and diseases.
Music :
Eleven Chorale Preludes Op. 122
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), arranged by Ralph Sauer
Description :
This piece, based on Lutheran chorals, is considered Brahms’ last masterpiece. The choral themes swing between death, healing and hope : "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen", "Herzlich tut mich verlangen", "Mein Jesu, der du mich" and are completely in phase with the objectives of the IT Future of Medecine project.

4TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
Graphene
Jari Kinaret, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Description :
Develop flexible and transparent graphene-based chips.
Music :
Encyclopédie de l’Opéra
Kurt Sturzenegger (*1949)
Description :
Graphene is a material which gathers a lot of qualities. This encyclopaedia of the opera gathers some of the most famous excerpts of operas. You will hear the lightness of the Toreador Air from Carmen, the solidity of the Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner, as well as the fineness of Rossini in the Barber of Sevilla. Lightness, solidity, fineness : three of the main properties of graphene.

5TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
Guardian Angels
Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Switzerland
Christofer Hierold, EPFZ, Switzerland
Description :
Manufacture low-energy sensors to track our movements.
Music :
Guardian Angels
Ludovic Neurohr (*1983), creation, composed for the occasion.
Description :
For Guardian Angels, a new composition was commissioned to the young and talented Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohr. This piece is inspired by the issues of the Guardian Angels’ project. This piece’s world premiere will be on the occasion of this concert.

6TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
RoboCom
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Description :
Develop robots to assist humans.
Music :
Suite from Nutcracker
Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), arranged by Peter Lawrence
Description :
Composed at a time when robots did not exist yet, Tchaikovsky set to music the history of a nutcracker and a whole range of toys coming to life, first in a slightly mechanical way (in the March of the Toys) and then as fully-fledged characters. As for the future of robots?

FuturICT's insight:

1ST SCENE Scientific Project : FUTURICT 
Steven Bishop, University College London, UK &Dirk Helbing, EPFZ, Switzerland

 

DESCRIPTION :
Analyse all socio-economic data available on the Internet to simulate and prevent crises.

 

MUSIC :
Violin concert in A minor, BWV 1041 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arranged by Michel Torreilles

 

DESCRIPTION :
For this highly mathematical project, we have chosen the most mathematical of composers: Johann Sebastian Bach. This piece, the complete structure of which can be mathematically analysed, showcases the intrinsic power of mathematics to get extraordinary compositions when associated with the genius of Bach or to predict future crises when associated with the talent of FuturICT project’s researchers.

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The Way Ahead - New Directions at FBK ICT IRST Encounter Outstanding Visions from Across the Field | FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

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December 17, 2012 8:30 am - December 18, 2012 12:30 pm

FBK ICT IRST: The Way Ahead

(Source: Fondazione Bruno Kessler )
On 17-18 December 2012 FBK hosts the conference "The Way Ahead - New Directions at FBK ICT IRST Encounter Outstanding Visions from Across the Field"

The first of the 2 days event will feature FBK's researchers also gathering experts of Artificial Intelligence field, such as Barbara Grosz (Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), giving a keynote talk about "What Question Would Turing Pose Today?".

In the following session about "Engineering the Smart Territory", Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence) will deal with "Cyber-Physical AI Systems for Resource-Efficient Living".

The third session of the first conference day will be focused on "Audio& Video Processing for Smart Spaces" hosting, the expert of computational intelligence and intelligence sensing, Andrea Cavallaro (Queen Mary University's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences) talking about "Camera networks for smart spaces".

The first afternoon session dedicated to the topic "From Data to Knowledge" will feature, among the other the international contribute of Stefan Decker (DERI, Digital Enterprise Research Institute).
A panel session on the topic "The Way Ahead...Challenging Social Challenges and the EIT" will take place in the afternoon. It will feature, among the others, University of Trento , Fondazione Bruno Kessler and fondazione Edmund Mach's members and EIT top brasses, as Anders Flodström - EIT ICT Labs Director for Education, Fabio Pianesi- VP EIT Italy, Gianfelice Rocca - VP of the EIT Governing Board.

The second day will be opened by Willem Jonker, CEO EIT ICT Labs. He will talk about "EIT ICT Labs: Lessons Learned and the Way Ahead" thus giving an overview on the past activities of the research centre and of its future. Alex Vespignani, Northeastern University's expert in "big data" analysis, forecasting how diseases and epidemics spread, network science, social and technological networks, will open the session "Global Simulation & Behavior Understanding".

The closing session will feature Lorenzo Dellai, President Autonomous Province of Trento, and Massimo Egidi, President FBK and Rector LUISS.

For further information, details and to book your participation in the event please visit Fondazione Bruno Kessler's dedicated page.
Venue: Conference Room “Sala Stringa”
FBK, Via Sommarive 18 - Povo
Trento, Italy
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Conference: NetMob 2013 - The main conference on the scientific analysis of mobile phone datasets

NetMob 2013 - The main conference on the scientific analysis of mobile phone datasets with a special event on the Data for Development (D4D) challenge.

The availability of mobile phone datasets has opened the possibility to improve our understanding of large-scale social networks by investigating how people exchange information, build trust, create markets and develop social interactions. Mobile phone datasets can also be used to analyze mobility and better understand complex processes such as the spread of information and viruses or transportation and the use of urban infrastructures.

 The 2013 edition of NetMob will take place at the Media Lab at MIT in a conference format similar to that of the previous editions: one track of short contributed talks, a simplified submission procedure, no proceedings (except for a book of abstracts), and the possibility to present recent results or results submitted elsewhere.

 

Scientific Commitee

Co-chair: Vincent Blondel, University of Louvain (Belgium) and MIT
Co-chair: Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT Media Lab
Rein Ahas, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Samuel Arbesman, Harvard University
Laszlo Barabasi, Northeastern University
Dirk Brockmann, Northwestern University
Francesco Calabrese, IBM Research Dublin (Ireland)
Augustin Chaintreau, Columbia University
Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University
Rob Claxton, British Telecom (UK)
Vittoria Colizza, Inserm (France)
Massimo Colonna, Telecom Italia (Italy)
Nicolas de Cordes, Group Marketing, Orange (France)
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, MIT
Nathan Eagle, txteagle
Kenth Engø-Monsen, Telenor (Norway)
Marta Gonzales, MIT
Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon University
Cesar Hidalgo, Media Lab, MIT
Kimmo Kaski, Aalto University (Finland)
János Kertész, Budapest University of Technology (Hungary)
Gautier Krings, Real Impact (Belgium)
Renaud Lambiotte, University of Namur (Belgium)
Juha Laurila, Nokia Research (Switzerland)
David Lazer, Northeastern University
Franck Legendre, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Sune Lehmann, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge (UK)
Esteban Moro Egido, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Nuria Oliver, Telefonica Research (Spain)
Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Harvard University
Dino Pedreschi, Università di Pisa (Italy)
Daniele Quercia, University of Cambridge (UK)
Carlo Ratti, Senseable City Lab, MIT
Jari Saramäki, Aalto University (Finland)
Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Labs (France)
Andy Tatem, University of Florida
Patrick Thiran, EPFL (Switzerland)
John Tsitsiklis, MIT
Paul Van Dooren, University of Louvain (Belgium)
Alexander Varshavsky, AT&T Labs

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CONFERENCE:LASI 2013 - Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2013 (LASI-13) - ResearchBib

CONFERENCE:LASI 2013 - Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2013 (LASI-13) - ResearchBib | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it
Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2013 (LASI-13)

Stanford University, July 1-5, 2013

http://www.solaresearch.org/events/lasi

twitter: #lasi13

Introduction

Learning Analytics as both a research topic and emerging marketplace has recently garnered the attention of faculty, educational researchers and administrators, policy makers, data scientists and learning technology entrepreneurs. Unprecedented quantity of, and access to, learner-generated data has opened up new opportunities, for instance, for researchers to better understand how learners learn, for educators to assess the impact of teaching activities and interventions, and for learners to receive personalized, real-time, automated support for their learning advancements.

Learning Analytics (LA) as a field is related to disciplines such as educational data mining, machine learning, various branches of psychology, learning sciences, psychometrics, and systems theory. LA aspires to integrate cognitive, social, pedagogical, technical, and organizational components to advance a holistic view of learners and the cognitive, social, organizational contributions to their learning processes. Cross-disciplinary research, publications, and specific documented socio-technical systems and their associated designs and algorithms are important for advancing these goals.

For the past three years, the Society for Learning Analytics Research has hosted open online courses, the international LAK conference and national meetups, initiated a distributed research lab for PhD students, and established the Journal of Learning Analytics. During this timeframe, researchers from learning sciences, computer supported collaborative learning, and related disciplines have found research affinity with the emerging LA field.

Leading international universities have initiated programs and enacted strategies to use LA to improve learner success and improve organizational effeciency. Numerous schools have adopted personalization and adaptive learning systems to support learners. Corporations and startups have also turned their focus to learning analytics, resulting in numerous entrants into the LA field to promote increased learner success and more efficient learning practices.

This bricolage of research, intersecting fields of study, and corporate activity has created an exciting, albeit sometimes confusing, landscape for academics, PhD students, and the diverse users of LA products and projects.

Summer Institute

A critical window of opportunity is opening as we stand on the threshold of what may be a new discipline with disruptive potential for educational research and practice. Bringing the right mix of people together for an intensive ‘summer camp’ could serve as an intellectual and social springboard to accelerate the maturation of the discipline — as was the case for other young disciplines, such as cognitive neuroscience.

The Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) is a strategic five-day event, July 1-5, 2013, co-organized by SoLAR and Stanford University.

The objective is that participants will leave better equipped to actively engage in advancing the LA field through their teaching and research activities. Specifically, LASI has two goals:

Build the field of Learning Analytics through cross disciplinary interactions, identification of research and teaching needs, advancement of LA methods, and connecting isolated researchers.

Develop the skills and knowledge of doctoral students and academics, equipping them to engage actively in LA research and teaching.

Selection of participants will balance disciplines, skillsets and seniority — see the application criteria for details.

Format

The Summer Institute’s goals of (1) building the LA field and (2) developing the skills of researchers, educators and students will be achieved through a combination of lectures, hands-on tutorials, group work and ample opportunity for informal interactions. Expected activities include presentations from notable researchers, innovative startups, and experts from related fields, coupled with research discussions, workshops and a doctoral consortium track will attend to supporting PhD candidates… all designed to define the needs of the LA field, identify research gaps and needs, and establish a research agenda.

Virtual and Regional LASI events

Lectures from Stanford will be live-streamed, enabling not just remote attendance, but regional Institutes, making this an event with a potentially global footprint. Currently there are events planned in Europe and Latin America, with others under consideration. The regional events will be designed to combine remote viewing of Stanford events, with local presentations, workshops and debates — whatever meets the needs of your context, with you feeding back to the network what’s unfolding in your part of the world.

Institute Leads

Ryan S.J.d. Baker, Columbia University, Teachers College, USA

John Behrens, Pearson Education, USA

Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University, UK

Shane Dawson, University of South Australia, AUS

Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, CA

Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of British Columbia, USA

Ken Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Grace Lynch, Open Universities Australia, AUS

Taylor Martin, Utah State University, USA

Roy Pea, Stanford University, USA

George Siemens, Athabasca University, CA

Timeline

Applications due: 17:00 PST, January 30, 2013

Notification: March 30, 2013

Summer Institute: July 1-5, 2013
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Risk Talk on mega events | Swiss Re - Centre for Global Dialogue

Risk Talk on mega events | Swiss Re - Centre for Global Dialogue | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

Risk Talk on mega events - planning for the unforeseeable

23 Jan 2013
Organised by: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

 

The Risk Talk series organised by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue brings together international experts and practitioners to discuss current and future economic, political and societal risks and opportunities.

 

What is a mega event? They can be defined as “short-term events with long-term consequences for the cities that stage them … associated with the creation of infrastructure and event facilities often carrying long-term debt and always requiring long-term use programming.” The general public knows mega events by names such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Street Parade and Züri Fäscht. How do you plan for and mitigate against risks for such an event?

 

The Centre is pleased to present experts on the organisational, risk management and crowd control aspects of planning and running mega events. Of equal concern is the fact that mega events are becoming ever more commercial. This development prompts organisers and sponsors to protect valuable brands and related content through the use of intellectual property law (eg trademarks, copyright). Using logos, photographs and even mere words without obtaining the rights can infringe upon them and cause problems for corporations and individuals alike.

 

The presenters at the Risk Talk are:

Alexander Koch, Deputy Head Corporate Communications, FIFA
Will Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Southampton
Dirk Helbing, Professor of Sociology, Modeling and Simulation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

 

Donatella Fiala & Ivan Mijatovic, Senior IP Counsel at Swiss Re will be the co-moderators for the event.

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A lot of planning goes into risk management. From this article we can see that the risks are studied from many angles from finance to security and planning.

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Smart Cities conference - 5 December 2012   - CEN-CENELEC

Smart Cities conference - 5 December 2012

 

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI (the European Standards Organisations) were invited by the European Commission to participate in the recently set up High Level Group by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities to give input on standardization needs.

Increasing levels of activity at European level on the topic of Smart Cities, have therefore prompted CEN and CENELEC to consider the potential need for standardization work in support to Smart Cities at European level.

 

To start the debate on this topic, CEN and CENELEC are organising an open event on Smart Cities and Energy on
5 December 2012. This conference is organised in conjunction with the CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum Energy Management and will take place in Brussels.

 

Please consult the draft programme.

Register by sending us an email stating your name, your interest in the topic, and your company/organisation name.

Admission to the event is upon confirmation of registration only.

If you have any further questions on this event please contact Ms. Andreea Gulacsi.

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ESSA 2013


The European Social Simulation Association and Warsaw School of Economics, Division of Decision Analysis and Support invite researchers and scholars interested in applications and theoretical foundations of simulation modeling in social sciences to participate in the 9th European Social Simulation Association Conference.

The conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for social scientists, theorists, applied researchers and simulation modelers to cooperate and exchange ideas concerning state of the art in methods and applications of computational social sciences.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Applications of agent-based modelling in social sciences
Agent-based computational economics & finance
Conflict resolution & cooperation
Coupled human-natural systems
Diffusion of innovations
Dynamics of trust, social norm, structures, reputation & opinion
Epidemiology & pharmacoeconomics
Group decisions & collective behaviors
Market design, mechanism design & auctions
Privacy, safety & security
Public policy & regulatory issues
Resource management, environmental practices & policy
Social emergence & evolution of institutions
Social media and volunteered information
Social networks and their dynamics
Tools and methods for development of simulation models
Advanced distributed computing
Agent ontologies
Agent-embodied Artificial Intelligence
Model replication, verification & validation
Participatory & Human-in-the-Loop simulations
Simulation software & programming computational frameworks
Techniques for visualizing, interpreting and analyzing simulation outputs
Coupling simulations and optmization methods
Data analysis software for simulations
Experiment design and data farming for simulations
Simulation metamodels
Statistical & data mining techniques for simulated data

Local organizing committee contact: contact@essa2013.org

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A dialogue on a global, integrated systems approach for policy-makers

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On 2nd November 2012, Prof. Steve Bishop (chair) hosted the GSDP meeting “a dialogue on a global, integrated systems approach for policy-makers”.

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Oxford Internet Institute - Events - Big Data: Rewards and Risks for the Social Sciences

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Thursday 21 - Friday 22 March 2013: This workshop is targeted at those who are working at the coal face of big data in the social sciences.

 

Abstract

The Oxford Internet Institute will be holding a 2-day workshop for social scientists who are grappling with the challenges of big data. The workshop is targeted at those who are working at the coal face of big data in the social sciences: those who are doing research using large-scale data and are interested in what this means for the future of the social sciences.

 

Why is the workshop being held?

We are hoping that this workshop will serve several purposes: to connect researchers facing similar challenges and learn from each other, to inspire new collaborations in this fast-moving area, to move beyond the hype and develop high-powered research agendas and good practices, and to inform a research project that we have on this topic (see Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge project)."

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"Building an Ethos of Resilience: A New Manifesto for Business" - Conference

"Building an Ethos of Resilience: A New Manifesto for Business" - Conference

 

Tuesday 13th November 2012

 

ISRS is due to hold its inaugural conference on 13 November 2012, entitled “Building an Ethos of Resilience: A new Manifesto for Business.”

 

The purpose of the conference is to assess how individuals, organisations and societies can build resilience to crises. In the modern interdependent, networked world, crises are now the norm not the exception. Without understanding the true nature and reasons for these events, the risk of continued vulnerability remains. This conference will unpick the complexities that give rise to crises and offer practical and deliverable solutions to those seeking to tackle the crucial task of building resilience.

Resilience to crises is the key to the fitness of organisations in our uncertain times. This is a working event for business leaders, civil servants and academics to help guests develop practical ideas to take back into their own environment so that they can build greater personal and organisational resilience.

 

The symposium of world-class speakers to lead the discussions includes:

 

Tony Blair – the importance of resilience in leaders
Michael Gove – education is the foundation
John Reid – placing resilience at the heart of your strategy
John Browne – constant innovation
Michael Smyth – embracing the regulatory environment
Andy Haldane – financial resilience
Prof Paul Ormerod – most things will fail
Sue Campbell – nurturing talent what we can learn from the Olympics
Prof David Price – from silos to ‘Grand Challenges’
Ross Kemp – human resilience

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IMA Conference on Mathematics in Finance

Date: Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 April 2013 Location: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University...
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FuturICT – Global Participatory Computing for Our Complex World 

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FuturICT – Global Participatory Computing for Our Complex World Date: Friday, 18th January 2013Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 
Venue: Lecture Room 5, Level 3, Nanyang Executive Centre 
Address: 60 Nanyang View, S(639673)
Speaker: 
Dirk Helbing is Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation at ETH Zurich
Title:
FuturICT – Global Participatory Computing for Our Complex World
AbstractThe ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project is to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies probably constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century and is equally important for the development of novel robust, trustworthy and adaptive information and communication technologies (ICT), based on socially inspired approaches.
Integrating ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences will create a paradigm shift, facilitating a symbiotic co-evolution of ICT and society. Data from our complex globe-spanning ICT system will be leveraged to develop models of techno-socio-economic systems. In turn, insights from these models will inform the development of a new generation of socially adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.

FuturICT as a whole will act as a Knowledge Accelerator, turning massive data into knowledge and technological progress. In this way, FuturICT will create the scientific methods and ICT platforms needed to address planetary-scale challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Specifically, FuturICT will build a sophisticated simulation, visualization and participation platform, called the Living Earth Platform. This platform will power Crisis Observatories, to detect and mitigate crises, and Participatory Platforms, to support the decision-making of policy-makers, managers, and citizens.
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In the course of a LinkedIn discussion, I developed a concept for a global framework fro the discourse about responding t the global crisis -- with an emphasis on a componetn of systematic and transparent assessment of arguments aiming at bringin argument merit to bear on decisions. Is this something your project is interested in? How can I find out/ contribute?
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Scientific Concert: 6 research megaprojects set to music by the Geneva Brass Quintet

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Scientific Concert
Forum Rolex Learning Center

 

Thursday 6th december at 6h15pm

6 research megaprojects set to music by the Geneva Brass Quintet

 

Project description
The idea is to set these 6 scientific projects to music during a concert. There will be 6 scenes, one for each project.

 

Every scene will be opened by Daniel Saraga, a science journalist, who will describe the scientific project. The project will then be set to music by the “Geneva Brass Quintet” (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba). The music chosen for each scene reflects the scientific content of each project.

 

Each scene will last more or less 15 minutes, with 5 minutes allocated to the project description and 10 minutes to music. The concert will thus last approximately 2 hours, intermission included.
This event, at the border between music and science, will enable scientists and the general public to meet and dialogue. With the help of music, the major scientific projects of the 21st century will become concrete for the general public.

 

In 2010, the European Union launched a contest aimed at delivering 1 billion euros to a research project (FET Flagship Initiatives). After a first selection among 26 projects submitted, 6 are still competing. The winner will be nominated at the beginning of February 2013.

 

All projects are absolutely fascinating and will extend the horizons of science. Their themes are: sensors, the brain, simulations, virtual avatars, robots and graphene.

 

The idea is to set these 6 scientific projects to music during a concert. There will be 6 scenes, one for each project. Every scene will be opened by Daniel Saraga, a science journalist, who will describe the scientific project. The project will then be set to music by the “Geneva Brass Quintet” (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba). The music chosen for each scene reflects the scientific content of each project.

 

Each scene will last more or less 15 minutes, with 5 minutes allocated to the project description and 10 minutes to music. The concert will thus last approximately 2 hours, intermission included.
This event, at the border between music and science, will enable scientists and the general public to meet and dialogue. With the help of music, the major scientific projects of the 21st century will become concrete for the general public.

 

With the participation of :
- Prof. Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Guardian Angels project coordinator
- Prof. Dirk Helbing, EPFZ, FuturICT project coordinator
- Prof. Auke Ijspeert, EPFL, RoboCom project researcher

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Interdisciplinary Applications of Agent-Based Social Simulation and Modeling | Open Agent Based Modeling Consortium

Interdisciplinary Applications of Agent-Based Social Simulation and Modeling | Open Agent Based Modeling Consortium | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013
Interdisciplinary Applications of Agent-Based Social Simulation and Modeling
Editors: Diana Francisca Adamatti (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, FURG, Brasil) Graçaliz Pereira Dimuro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, FURG, Brasil) Helder Coelho (Universidade de Lisboa, UL, Portugal)
Contact: DianaF. Adamatti (dianaadamatti@furg.br)
Web page URL: http://bit.ly/VB7Ivd
Description Social simulation has a dialectical relationship to Artificial Intelligence (AI), in general, and Multi-agent Systems (MAS), in particular. It is both an area for the application of methods, techniques, and technologies of AI and MAS, as well as a source of inspiration for new theories, models, and methods for AI and MAS, as it draws upon the theories, models, and methods of the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political science, economy, government, management, etc.).
Theories and models of societies and smaller social systems that embody a computational concern are at the center of the area of study. Micro-level and macro-level issues concerning structures and processes at the social and individual levels, as well as the mutual influence between such conceptual levels, and the problems of upward and downward causation between them have also been studied.
However, what comes next? What can we expect for the future of Social Simulation? This book presents new insights on Social Simulation and Modeling, and discusses agent-based applications concerned with four project orientations:
the problem-oriented view;
the methodology-oriented view;
the technology-oriented view;
the theory-oriented view.
The aim is to offer a selection of interdisciplinary social simulation applications, on the light of realistic agent-based models, around the integration of the four above aspects, in order to give conditions for building reliable real-world applications.
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FuturICT Hungarian Kick Off Meeting

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FuturICT Hungarian Kick Off Meeting

 

The project kick-off meeting at Szeged University (SZTE) took place on 7 December 2012.  The project is sponsored by the Hungarian Government and started on December 1 for 24 month, with a budget of 1,6 billion HuF (ca 5.5 million Euro).  The consortium is led by Mark Jelasity for SZTE, and the subproject leaders include Janos Kertesz (CEU) and George Kampis (Eötvös).

 

The goal of sciences has always been twofold: understand the world around us and contribute to the development of mankind, improve the quality of the life. As human society is getting more and more complex, new problems and opportunities are arising as consequences of globalization, technological, demographic and environmental changes. To combat these challenges we have to unite the forces of many disciplines and reach new scientific breakthroughs, address the techno-socio-economic challenges in a common multidisciplinary framework. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in various fields of sciences and a strong commitment to participate in the FuturICT effort.

 

 

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Workshop by FuturICT in conjunction with MIT Media Lab during AAAS - 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting

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AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting The Beauty and Benefits of Science

 

---------->7/1/2012 Update

The meeting is organized along with the AAAS meeting (http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2013/)

 

Workshop Organizers:

Anna Carbone (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland (MIT Media Lab, USA)

 

Speakers/Participants:

Albert Lazlo Barabasi (Northeastern University, USA)

Damon Centola (MIT, USA)

Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Cesar Hidalgo (Harvard University, USA)

Ramesh Jain (University of California, Irvine)

David Lazer (Harvard University, USA)

Gene Stanley (Boston University, USA)

Alex Vespignani (Northeastern University, USA)

 

More information on this workshop can be downloaded here:

http://tinyurl.com/FuturICT-MIT

 

Contact:

anna.carbone@polito.it

team@futurICT.eu

 

 

-----> 3/12/2012 Original posting

The 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston (14-18February 2012) will highlight the “unreasonable effectiveness” of the scientific enterprise in creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live.

 

FuturICT will be holding a Workshop at MIT MEDIA LAB 13-14 February in conjunction with the AAAS.org Annual Meeting. Meet Sandy Pentland, Dirk Helbing & others from FuturICT. For further information contact team@futurICT.eu

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Conference: SocInfo 2012

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Socinfo 2012

 

Key note speakers

Andreas Ernst

Bernardo Huberman

Dirk Helbing

 

Update: FuturICT workshop programme at SocInfo 2012

 

(Friday, December 7, 14.00 - 16.00)

14.00 – 14.30 Matus Medo (University of Fribourg) The growth of information networks

14.30 – 15.00 Alios Ferscha (Institut für Pervasive Computing) Collective Awareness - Models and Dynamics
15.00 – 15.30 Daniel Gatica-Perez (EPF Lausanne) Checking In or Checked In: Comparing Large-Scale Location Disclosure Patterns
15.30 – 16.00 Michael Mäs (ETH Zurich)
The structural effects of randomness on the emergence of social norms. Results from the laboratory

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Conference: BIONETICS 2012 - 7th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to network and discuss the latest research findings regarding principles and design strategies in biological and bio-inspired systems.

 

You are cordially invited to participate to BIONETICS 2012, the 7th International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information and Computing Systems, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from December 10th to 11th 2012 (Monday - Tuesday), at the Congress Center.

 

BIONETICS 2012 aims to provide a world-leading and unique opportunity for bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines that seek the understanding of the fundamental principles and design strategies in biological systems, and leverage those understandings to build bio-inspired systems for problem-solving and engineering applications, with a special focus on: networking, distributed systems, information processing, multi-agent systems, single and multi-robot systems, biomimetics, optimization, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological and bio-synthetic systems.

 

Scope of the Conference

BIONETICS 2012 solicits contributions dealing with the modeling and application of ideas from natural processes and systems. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Signal/information processing and communication models in biological systems
Coordination and cooperation models in biological systems
Bio-inspired formal models and methods
Bio-inspired algorithms and mechanisms
Bio-inspired software and hardware systems
Biomimetics, bioengineering, and synthetic biological systems
Modeling and simulation of bio-inspired systems, biological systems, synthetic biological systems
Self-* properties in bio-inspired systems, biological systems and synthetic biological systems
Design and performance issues in bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems
Design of hybrid systems combining bio-inspired methods with methods from other domains
Tools, testbeds, and deployment issues in bio-inspired and synthetic biological systems
Real-world applications and standardization of bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems
Socially-aware, game theoretic, and other metaphor-driven interdisciplinary approaches to bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems

 

Special Tracks

Organic computing systems
Bio-inspired cooperative networking
Engineering emergence: techniques, applications, and practice
Bio-inspired cooperation and coordination in swarm robotics and multi-robot systems
Bio-inspired learning mechanisms in single and multi-agent/component systems
Nano-scale communications and networking
Design and engineering of swarm systems
Bio-inspired intrusion detection in networks and multi-robot systems
Bio-inspired processing of audio and visual information
Modeling and application of gene regulatory networks
Bio-inspired self-assembly from nano- to macro-scales
Bioinformatics

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A dialogue on a global, integrated systems approach for policy-makers hosted by Prof Steven Bishop

On 2nd November 2012, Prof. Steve Bishop (chair) hosted the GSDP meeting “a dialogue on a global, integrated systems approach for policy-makers”.

 

This meeting was held at UCL and was attended by several prominent scientists, policy makers and advisors, including Lord Julian Hunt as the keynote speaker. Framing talks were given by: Jamie MacIntosh (UCL), Yulia Timoshkina UCL and Gazprom, Jeff Johnson (OU), Greg Fisher (Synthesis), Paul Ormerod (Volterra), Yasmin Merali (Warwick), and Bernard Silverman (Home Office). The talks given and subsequent discussion focused on the role of narrative in communicating complexity and systems theory more effectively to policy makers and decision takers. In particular the discussion examined ways in which researchers could better communicate and relate complex models to address major issues that are facing us as a society such as climate change and the financial crisis. Both of this issues were cited as examples where existing models had failed and needed to be improved especially with a complex systems perspective. The dialog also looked at the many challenges researchers face in communicating these more complex systems based ideas that do not always have a simple black and white answer.

 

Attendees

Steven Bishop (chair), UCL
Peter Baudains, UCL
Lord Julian Hunt, UCL
Yulia Timoshkina, UCL (Honorary Research Associate)
Jeff Johnson, OU
Jamie McIntosh, UCL Institute for Security & Resilience Studies
Greg Fisher, Synthesis Think Tank
Paul Ormerod, Volterra Consulting
Yasmin Merali, Warwick Business School
Bernard Silverman, Home Office
Chris Farmer, Oxford University
Maria Angulo, DEFRA
Rachel Freeman, Sustain

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Call for Collaboration Proposals, FuturICT Latin America

Call for Collaboration Proposals, FuturICT Latin America | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

The Latin American Node of FuturICT (http://futurict.unam.mx ) is launching a call to identify potential collaborators in Latin America with research groups within the FuturICT FET Flagship project (http://futurict.eu ).


FuturICT is a major project which aims at tackling the global challenges of humanity in the 21st century.  Its goals, structure, and proposed methods can be found at http://www.futurict.eu/the-project/proposal

Latin American researchers, companies, organizations, and governments interested in participating in FuturICT are invited to submit a two page proposal describing their interests, expertise, and contact details. The proposal should specify in which aspect of FuturICT the collaboration is proposed. At the Latin American Node, we will integrate the proposals and facilitate the contact with particular groups in Europe and elsewhere. 

Please submit your proposal before January 7th, 2013 to futurict@futurict.unam.mx


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MSI – Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

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"Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

 

“We are at a phase transition from the reasoning from the Enlightenment to a fine-grained understanding of individual interactions and permissioning of those data,” says Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory, Pentland is a pioneer in big data, computational social science, mobile and health systems, and technology for developing countries. He will speak at MSI’s Dec. 4-5 “Big Data” conference at MIT."

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MSI - What will big data mean for marketers?

MSI - What will big data mean for marketers? | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

What will big data mean for marketers?


It was no surprise that “big data” emerged as a priority topic for scholarly research in a recent survey of Marketing Science Institute company members. Marketers have always been at the forefront of using the big data of their day, beginning with the mailing lists and targeted catalogs of Montgomery Ward and Sears and the early IRI/Nielsen scanner data.

 

History suggests that marketers should be, once more, the drivers of their firms’ efforts to exploit data for customer insights and offerings. But will they meet the expectation? Today’s big data poses a new challenge, one that does not build on the skills that have been refined in past decades of training in the marketing discipline.

 

Historically, marketing research handled stocks, not flows, notes MSI Executive Director John Deighton. Researchers analyzed relatively small samples of data in batches. They modeled the batches, estimated model parameters, tested them on hold-out samples, and then applied the parameters to new batches to make new resource allocations. “It was a relatively leisurely process, and not entirely trustworthy in turbulent environments. Now, with massive streams of information flowing continuously, firms want methods that can cope with the turbulence.

 

They can’t tolerate pilots who close their eyes periodically to process information. They want pilots that have their eyes open all the time.”

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Richmond Events - Richmond Events

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Dirk Helbing opened the Security Conference in Zurich talking about the Science of Systemic Risks. Our increasingly complex world brings with it new types of risk and with it new attempts to understand and manage systems and scenarios. Dirk talked us through various jargon and terminology: The science of systemic risks; the theory of complex systems; the predator prey dynamics of models; game theory applied to markets; and network dependence of spreading dynamics. With fascinating insight, Dirk compared stop-start traffic to economic cycles, explained crowd disasters as systemic failures and looked at the November 4, 2006 European power failure and the US banking cascade as modern problems of our coupled and interdependent world. Further, he showed that the current financial crisis, rather than resulting from lack of regulation, may be the result of greater connectivity of financial institutions worldwide and a tendency just to cheat a little more with more remote organisations with which one has fewer important relationships. The correlation between connectivity and financial problems was striking.The other most popular conference sessions at the Swiss Security Conference were:-Risk management – the black swan integratedData loss Prevention – business lessons learnedSecurity awareness – don’t be the last resortManaging your company’s social media risk In comparison,  the UK Security Forum’s most popular topics were slightly different as each of Richmond conference programmes are developed individually for the participants:-Tomorrow’s information securityThe evolution of information securityPreparing response to a cyber attackBYOD securityDealing with the insider threatRisk, assurance and the business 
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