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WEBCAST: Analytics: The real-world use of big data - How innovative enterprises extract value from uncertain data

WEBCAST: Analytics: The real-world use of big data - How innovative enterprises extract value from uncertain data | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

Analytics: The real-world use of big data How innovative enterprises extract value from uncertain data

 

Event Date: 11/07/2012 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

“Big data” is a frequently heard buzzword in 2012, and along with the hype comes anxiety for business executives trying to decipher fact from chatter. 

Join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET to hear the latest results of the 2012 study on big data conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Based on a global survey of more than 1100 business and IT executives, this quantitative study examines the journey that organizations are taking to achieve business value from big data. 

Michael J. Schroeck, Partner/Vice President, IBM Business Analytics and Optimization and

Dr. Janet Smart, Senior Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford will share the phases of the “big data” journey, the objectives and challenges of organizations taking the journey, and the current state of the technology being used to drive results! 


Speakers: 

Michael J. Schroeck, Partner/Vice President, Global Information Management Foundation (IMF) Leader, IBM Business Analytics and Optimization, Global Business Services

 

Dr. Janet Smart, Senior Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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Conference: Technik im Zeichen der Katastrophe 25 -27 January 2013

Dr. roman Brinzanik, Buchautor und Physiker, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

 

Dr. Wolfgang gaissmaier, Harding Center for Risk Literacy und Forschungsbereich Adaptives Verhalten und Kognition, Max-PlanckInstitut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin

 

Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing, Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insbesondere Modellierung und Simulation, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich

 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann, Lehrstuhl für Kirchengeschichte der Theologischen Fakultät an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

 

Dr. Stefan May, Jurist und Soziologe, Juristische Fakultät der LudwigMaximilians-Universität München

 

Norbert Reez, Akademie für Krisenmanagement, Notfallplanung und Zivilschutz – Strategische Krisenmanagement-Übungen, LÜKEX, Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

 

Christian Schwägerl, Biologe, freier Journalist und Buchautor, Berlin

 

Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarke, Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie am Institut für Evangelische Theologie, Technische Universität Dresden

 

Prof. Ph.D. FrSC Nico Stehr, Karl-Mannheim-Lehrstuhl für Kulturwissenschaften, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen

 

Prof. Dr. Dirk van Laak, Professor für Zeitgeschichte, Historisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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Scientific Seminar On Natural Disasters: Bridging Science-Based Early Warning And Early Action Decision Making - News & events - JRC - European Commission

Scientific Seminar On Natural Disasters: Bridging Science-Based Early Warning And Early Action Decision Making - News & events - JRC - European Commission | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

CONCEPT

The key challenge for science-based decision making in disaster management is to bridge the knowledge gap between available real-time scientific analysis supporting early warning and actions triggering early response. In many countries, this knowledge is fragmented among different scientific and technical communities (meteorology, hydrology, geophysical, GIS). Moreover, the approaches utilising this knowledge are diverse and would be more effective with improved coordination across operational agencies (national disaster management centres, civil protection, public health, transport, economy, security), across-borders. The UK Met Office and the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), are addressing these issues through, respectively, the recent Natural Hazard Partnership of 15 public sector agencies and the JRC’s support to European Commission services.
The JRC and the UK Met Office are organising a seminar to map the state of the art in science-based integrated disaster management in the EU Member States and International Organisations. The aim of the seminar is to start a process to bridge the distance between scientific and operational organisations from the Member States and across different disciplines through building sustainable partnerships to move forward from response to early action and prevention. As a short-term outcome, the seminar shall identify a small number of targeted areas where feasible partnerships for sharing knowledge and experiences will benefit national and European level services with positive impacts for the communities at risk.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The seminar aims at gathering a maximum of 100 inter-disciplinary experts on early detection, forecasting and warning of natural disasters as well as on impact assessment. The target audience includes scientists, practitioners and policy-makers across the EU.
The seminar aims to exchange the state of the art and best practices on translating scientific information into actionable advice for operational responders and policy makers. Specifically, the seminar will look at gaps and solutions in (1) transforming scientific-based early warning into early action (2) socio-economic impact assessment
The outcome should be a list of key areas where partnerships will accelerate science “pull through”. In order to keep it focused, the seminar will only consider a limited number of sudden onset disaster types in Europe namely riverine floods, coastal inundation and wind storms. The seminar will focus on the immediate preparedness (early warning) and response phases of the disaster cycle. The seminar will also very briefly address how disaster management can concretely advance climate change adaptation and what parts of the EU experience can be applied elsewhere in the world.
In order to keep it focused, the seminar will only consider a limited number of sudden onset disaster types in Europe namely riverine floods, coastal inundation and wind storms. The seminar will focus on the immediate preparedness (early warning) and response phases of the disaster cycle. The seminar will also very briefly address how disaster management can concretely advance climate change adaptation and what parts of the EU experience can be applied elsewhere in the world.

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ETHICOMP 2013

ETHICOMP 2013

 

University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark, 12-14 June 2013

Since 1995 the ETHICOMP conference series has provided a forum to discuss the ethical and social issues surrounding Information and Communication Technology. During that time over 900 papers have been presented at 12 conferences by individuals from all parts of the world. But ETHICOMP is more than this – it is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to exploring issues and seeking ways forward. Conferences are enjoyable, stimulating and highly interactive events. Collaborative ventures including co-authorship and funded research have been spawned by this supportive and inclusive network.

 

ETHICOMP 2013 will be hosted by the Institute of Business Communication and Information Science at University of Southern Denmark on the Kolding Campus. Local representatives Dr Anne Gerdes, and Gitte Møldrup together with international representative Professor William Fleischman will join the ETHICOMP co-founders Professor Terry Bynum and Professor Simon Rogerson as co-directors of the event.

 

The overall theme for the ETHICOMP 2013 is “The possibilities of ethical ICT”. The aim is to explore from a range of perspectives the complex and often interrelated ethical and social issues surrounding pervasive ICT.

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Collective motion in biological systems: from data to models

Collective motion in biological systems: from data to models

Date: November 5 - 9

 

Convenors: Andreas Deutsch (Dresden), Guy Théraulaz (Toulouse) und Tamas Vicsek (Budapest)

 

The main goal of this workshop is bringing together experts of a quickly growing research area dealing with collective motion in biological systems at cellular and organismic levels. Collective motion is an emergent phenomenon observed when systems consisting of many moving and locally interacting units self-organize.

 

We address two main topics: first, the presentation of experimental data and methods used for reverse-engineering and modeling interactions between units from their trajectories. Understanding how the particular nature of information conveyed during interactions (e.g. visual, chemical and vibratory) may give rise to specific or similar dynamical collective patterns is of particular importance.

 

Complementing the case studies by theory, the second focus is put on the characterization of unifying principles behind the diverse manifestations of collective motion phenomena on the basis of mathematical models. Indeed, different kinds of interaction laws at the individual scale may give rise to similar collective dynamical patterns. There are many important issues: (1) to what level of description one has to go in order to build explanatory models that make the link between individual and collective behaviors? (2) do all these models belong to the same universality class?

 

Scientific activity has recently grown very quickly both in data acquisition and modeling of collective behavior in multi-cellular systems and animal groups as well as in developing and analyzing generic concepts and models of collective motion. Therefore, the workshop is intended to promote a fast exchange of ideas and the establishment of fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations between experts in the field.

 

Confernce poster (PDF)
Confernce Program (PDF)

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7th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems

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7th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems.

 

IWSOS 2013 is the seventh International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems, a multidisciplinary event dedicated to self-organization in networks and networked systems, including techno-social systems.

 

Self-organization relates the behavior of the individual components (the microscopic level) to the resulting networked structure and functionality of the overall system (the macroscopic level), where simple interactions at the microscopic level may already give rise to complex, adaptive, and robust behavior at the macroscopic level.

 

The growing scale, complexity, and dynamics of (future) networked systems have been driving research from centralized solutions to self-organized networked systems. The applicability of well-known self-organizing techniques to specific networks and networked systems is being investigated, as well as adaptations and novel approaches inspired by cooperation in nature. Models originating from areas like control theory, complex systems research, evolutionary dynamics, sociology and game theory are increasingly applied to complex networks to analyze their behavior, robustness and controlability.

 

Self-organization principles not only apply to the internet and computer networks but also to a variety of other complex networks, like transportation networks, telephony networks, smart electricity grids, financial networks, social networks, and biological networks. “Network Science” and “Complex Networks theory” constitute new research areas that provide additional insights into self-organizing systems.

 

IWSOS 2013 will feature the participation of Alessandro Vespignani as confirmed keynote speaker and several invited experts on the field whose names will be published soon. It will also include the presentation of the most select scientific papers among those received in the Call for Papers procedure.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: November 18, 2012
Notification: January 15, 2013
Camera-ready papers due: February 3, 2013
Conference dates: May 9 – 10, 2013

Call for papers

 

This edition aims to be highly multidisciplinary and innovative on its focus and format. Its novelties will be introduced in the coming weeks through this website, which will progressively updated with the relevant scientific and practical information.

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Steve Bishop & Suzy Moat Discuss FuturICT | Synthesis

Session 2 of 21CPD: “FuturICT – The Billion Europe Project: Leveraging New Technology for Social Advancement”.
You can access the videos for this session below. If you experience technical problems (embedding files doesn’t always work!) you can access the videos via Youtube. Steve & Suzy’s speech can be accessed via this hyperlink and the Q&A via this link.

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Serious Games Institute - Events - Call for papers - The SGI - Serious About Games

Serious Games Institute - Events - Call for papers - The SGI - Serious About Games | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

Call for papers: special issue on Serious Games, Information Sciences, deadline: 15 october 2012
Information Sciences will publish a peer-reviewed, special issue on Serious Games in the fall of 2013. Information Sciences is an international, refereed journal with a 5-year impact factor of 2.984. We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration for publication in this special issue.

The emergence of Serious Games as a field of study, research and business has taken many by surprise. Ten years ago few would have guessed that games technologies would be so pervasive, not just in terms of entertainment games. Comparatively recently a new genre of games has emerged: games for non-entertainment purposes, including educational games, training simulations, educational online multiplayer games, games for change, meaningful games and games for health, to name a few. The main trends in research have diverged as well: papers in educational science journals, health journals, popular science journals and psychology journals indicate the range of interest in these non-entertainment games.

This special issue will focus on bringing together contributions from diverse fields of serious games, and perspectives of practitioners and academics. Further, we will strive to present international viewpoints from the various serious games communities of the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. The volume will aim to appeal to a wide range of readers, therefore, such as computer scientists, IT specialists, managers, trainers and tutors, academics in education and scientists interested in creative problem-solving.

The deadline for submission is October 15, 2012. Further details about the special issue and the call for papers can be found here: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/information-sciences/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-serious-games/ Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and listservs!

For more information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief: W. Pedrycz (pedrycz@ee.ualberta.ca) or managing guest editors: Sara de Freitas (s.defreitas@coventry.ac.uk) or Diane Jass Ketelhut (djk@umd.edu).

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ETH - IfB - Workshop 2012 - ETH Risk Center

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Coupled Networks, Dragon Kings and Explosive Percolation
Workshop of the ETH Risk Center October 25-26th, 2012 at SwissRe Tüfi, Soodstrasse 52, Adliswil. Zurich, Switzerland

 

In the last years we have realized that extreme events can have fundamentally different origins and new insight has been gained about their mathematical description in terms of statistical models. New concepts like “explosive percolation” and “dragon kings” have been put forward in this context.

 

In parallel huge progress has been made understanding complex networks which appear in financial, technological and social systems concerning their robustness towards failure or malicious attacks. In particular the risk involved in the coupling between such networks has been discovered to be much larger than expected.

 

It is the purpose of the present workshop to explore the consequences of these new theoretical results on financial and industrial applications and to enhance the interaction between practitioners and academia on questions involving the risk of extreme events.

 

This workshop is organised by the ETH Risk Center in collaboration with industry and academia and hosted by Swiss Re.

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Update: WEBCAST and presentation now available: Analytics: The real-world use of big data

Update: WEBCAST and presentation now available: Analytics: The real-world use of big data | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

If you missed last week's Webcast and presentation from IBM, you can now listen to the Webcast and view the presentation.

Analytics: The real-world use of big data: How innovative enterprises extract value from uncertain data 

This presentation will be available to audience members until August 07, 2013 at 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.


“Big data” is a frequently heard buzzword in 2012, and along with the hype comes anxiety for business executives trying to decipher fact from chatter. 

Webcast presents the latest results of the 2012 study on big data conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Based on a global survey of more than 1100 business and IT executives, this quantitative study examines the journey that organizations are taking to achieve business value from big data. 

Michael J. Schroeck, Partner/Vice President, IBM Business Analytics and Optimization and Dr. Janet Smart, Senior Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford will share the phases of the “big data” journey, the objectives and challenges of organizations taking the journey, and the current state of the technology being used to drive results! 

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CONFERENCE: Φ·SOE | Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Division 10-15 March 2013

The mathematical and computer simulation of social and economic systems is receiving more and more attention.

 

 The dedicated scientific community is rapidly growing and involves, besides sociologist and economists, also physicists, mathematicians, computers scientists, biologists, engineers, and the communities working on complex systems and operations research. To keep an overview, it is important to be well connected, and to benefit from shared information platforms.

 

The division on "Physics of Socio-Economic Systems" (Φ·SOE, previously AKSOE/AGSOE) is committed to support the scientific exchange between the scientific disciplines involved. It has currently more than 200 members and organizes a spring conference with more than 50 contributions each year. During this conference, it features outstanding international speakers not only from socio- and econo-physics, but also from sociology and economics. Furthermore,

 

scientists are awareded for outstanding innovative work in this field.

Next years spring meeting, Regensburg 10.-15. March 2013, is approaching.

 

Confirmed invited speakers include:

 

Ian Couzin (Princeton, USA) "Distributed sensing and decision-making in animal and human collectives"

 

 

Vittorio Loreto (Rome, Italy) "Seeds for new perspectives: a simple model of innovation dynamics"

 

Kim Sneppen (Copenhagen, Denmark) "Modeling co-existence of competing opinions"
Geoffrey West (Santa Fe, USA) "Can There Be a Quantitative Science of Cities, Companies and Sustainability? What Can we Learn from Biology and Physics?"

 

Alan Kirman (Marseille, France) "Mind the gap: What economics, social insects and statistical physics can learn from each other" and as a special highlight: Plenary talk (Monday, noon):

 

Sidney Redner (Boston, USA) "The dynamics of wealth, popularity and persuasion"

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CONFERENCE: CyberEmotions 2013 Warsaw University of Technology 29-30 January 2013

"CyberEmotions 2013

 

If you are interested in collective dynamics of socio-techno networks and affective interactions in such systems then you are invited to the Final Conference of the EU FP7 CyberEmotions Project.

 

The Deadline for abstract submission is extended to 17th November

 

The overall objective of this conference is twofold:
>to present and discuss state of art research related to CyberEmotions
>to present results of the 4-year EU Project CyberEmotions (www.cyberemotions.eu), which produced tools and models of emotional phenomena in e-communities

 

We welcome researchers dealing with computational and mathematical modeling of social processes in which the emotional component plays an important role.
Topics of the Conference include:
>collective dynamics of social web
>sentiment detection and data mining
>emotion modelling
>collective information processing
>propagation of emotional patterns in social media
>applications of sentiment analysis in business, marketing and software development

 

Invited Speakers:

Bernardo Huberman (USA, to be confirmed)
Reanud Lambiotte (Belgium)
Yamir Moreno (Spain)
Bernard Rimé (Belgium)
Marina Santini (Sweden)

 

We expect around 50-70 participants and the conference programme will be comprised of talks and poster sessions. The Scientific Committee will select contributed papers and their mode of presentation."

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ETHICOMP 2013

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The overall theme for the ETHICOMP 2013 is "The possibilities of ethical ICT". The aim is to explore from a range of perspectives the complex and often interrelated ethical and social issues surrounding pervasive ICT.

 

Since 1995 the ETHICOMP conference series has provided a forum to discuss the ethical and social issues surrounding Information and Communication Technology. During that time over 900 papers have been presented at 12 conferences by individuals from all parts of the world. But ETHICOMP is more than this – it is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to exploring issues and seeking ways forward. Conferences are enjoyable, stimulating and highly interactive events. Collaborative ventures including co-authorship and funded research have been spawned by this supportive and inclusive network.

ETHICOMP 2013 will be hosted by the Institute of Business Communication and Information Science at University of Southern Denmark on the Kolding Campus. Local representatives Dr Anne Gerdes, and Gitte Møldrup together with international representative Professor William Fleischman will join the ETHICOMP co-founders Professor Terry Bynum and Professor Simon Rogerson as co-directors of the event.

The overall theme for the ETHICOMP 2013 is “The possibilities of ethical ICT”. The aim is to explore from a range of perspectives the complex and often interrelated ethical and social issues surrounding pervasive ICT.

In order to do this there are two broad themes for the conference:

Process

Process concerns the activities of ICT professionals when undertaking research, development and service/product delivery. Four areas will be explored under this theme:

Education and Training: e.g. e-learning; learning for life; digital tutors; robot learning; the nature and content of ethically sensitive ICT education and training
Design: e.g. value driven; participative
Governance: e.g. internet; closed networks; clouds
Conduct: e.g. professionals, users

Product

Product concerns the outcome of professional ICT endeavor and the potential impact of these products on people, society and the environment.

Application Areas and Impacts: e.g. social space; work place; environmental impacts and safeguards; health
Emerging Technologies: e.g. robotics; nano technology; welfare technology, artificial companions
Embedded ethical values
Technological Integrity

Extended abstracts can be submitted until mid-October for consideration. Full details of the call will be announced shortly by the University of Southern Denmark.

Paper Submission

Papers covering one or several of these perspectives are called for from business, government, computer science, information systems, law, media, anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Interdisciplinary papers and those from new researchers and practitioners are encouraged. A paper might take a conceptual, applied, practical or historical focus. Case studies and reports on lessons learned in practice are welcomed.

Important Dates
8 October 2012: Latest date to submit abstracts via EasyChair conference system.
21 December 2012: Authors informed of programme committee decisions by this date
18 March 2013: Last date for receipt of full papers from authors (electronic version)
12 June to 14 June 2013: ETHICOMP 2013, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark

How to Submit
As in previous ETHICOMP conferences, papers written in English and not published nor submitted elsewhere will be accepted on the basis of an extended abstract of between 800 and 1000 words after a careful review by Programme Committee members. Whilst more than one paper from an author or co-authors is welcomed the final decision on which papers are accepted will probably lead to no more than three papers from a given author being accepted. This will give more opportunity for as many people as possible to participate in ETHICOMP 2013.

The first page of each submission must include the title, all of the authors' names, affiliations, complete mailing addresses including email, telephone numbers, and a statement of commitment that one of the authors will present the paper at ETHICOMP 2013 in Denmark.

A submission lacking any of the above information or outside the range of 800-1000 word limit may not be considered by the Programme Committee for inclusion in the conference programme.

Please make submissions in the electronic form using EasyChair.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 08 October 2012 to EasyChair. You will have to create an EasyChair account if you do not already have one.

Authors will be informed of the decision of the Programme Committee by 21 December 2012."

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CONFERENCE: The Power of Information: Science and Technology to make a difference

CONFERENCE: The Power of Information: Science and Technology to make a difference | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

Call for Participation. Call for Abstracts

 

Do we really know how information works?
The conference addresses the successes and problems of the use of information and information technologies, in the context of innovation, security, data protection and privacy.
It focuses on the possibilities of “active information” to increase the quality of human experience, and finds out whether this can make a difference for science and technology.

 

Background
Information has the power to change our lives. It can increase the quality of human experience, create new environments to realize our dreams and help us to get beyond problems that trouble our world. In the last century Western culture gradually learned to see society as an “information society”. Many are now convinced that we will all benefit from the systematic development of an “information economy”.

It is hard to underestimate the added value of recent “Information and Communication Technologies”.

 

Computers, software and the internet drastically increased our possibilities to compile, select, organize, analyse and disseminate information.
Intelligent environments and machines can provide automated services that humans would never be able to perform

At the same time it remains clear that the mere processing of information - and even the deployment of “Information and Communication Technologies” - does not necessarily produce the powerful “active information” that increases the quality of human experience, and opens new perspectives of action.

 

Listed information. Processing of information risks to remain the mere repetition, accumulation, re-grouping and dissemination of standard information listed on paper, film or digital media. "Listed information" may originally have been active as a clarifying and inspiring input into some specific context, but when listed and moved away from its living context, it is also stripped of its clarifying and inspiring power.

 

Active information. When we are looking for information that is active and guides and deepens our own experience, “listed information” can only play an inspiring role after some radical “re-interpretation” or “translation” (or “transfer”) to our own context.
For several decennia and more, we are developing information-intensive activities, explicitly targeted towards a direct impact on the way we live.

 

Innovation is promoted as a process that goes all the way, from information over new technologies to social change that improves the daily life of people.

Security efforts massively compile information into “intelligence systems” in order to protect people against crime and disasters.

 

Data protection and privacy efforts are promoting and enforcing mechanisms to avoid information reaching society in the wrong way and ultimately hindering people.
For each of these developments, we experience serious problems, opponents doubt whether the approach will ever be successful and proponents feel the need to intensify their efforts.

 

Focus of the conference
The conference will focus on the question whether and how a better understanding of “active information”, as distinguished from “listed information”, can increase the impact and quality of major social efforts that make intensive use of information.

 

The conference will organize three tracks:

Innovation (ICT, Biotechnology, …)
Security
Data protection and privacy.

 

Each track will bring together up-to-date insights about the success and problems of “active information”, identify possible steps to increase the input and quality of “active information”.

Each track will be approached from a variety of different perspectives including science, engineering, and industry; policy-making and law; social studies, ethics and philosophy.

 

Who should attend?
researchers in information-intensive disciplines (such as information technologies, biotechnology, security, privacy technologies,…)
social scientists, philosophers, and scholars in ethics of science and technology
economists
lawyers and legal analysts
decision makers and advisors in public policy
strategic thinkers and captains of industry
popular and scientific media
civil society groups

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CONFERENCE: SocInfo 2012

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New: FuturICT workshop 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

 


Computational models of social phenomena, social simulation Social choice mechanisms in the e-society

 

Social networks: discovery, evolution, analysis, applications Social Behavior Modeling

Web mining and its social interpretations Social Influence and Diffusion Models of Social Influence

 

Security, privacy, trust, reputation and incentive issues Social Communities and Social Network Analysis

 

Design and analysis of social/collaborative Web applications Social Interactions and Collaboration

 

Algorithms and protocols inspired by human societies Socio-economic Systems and Applications
Mechanisms for providing fairness in information systems Virtual communities (e.g., open-source, multiplayer gaming)

 

Impact of technology on socio-economic Recommendation systems

 

Visualization of dynamic social networks Social applications of the Semantic Web

 

Social Informatics Theory Social system design and architectures

 

Trust, Privacy, Risk and Security in Social Contexts Social Intelligence and Social Cognition

 

Social media analytics and social media intelligence Emotional Intelligence and Data Mining

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IMA Conference on Mathematics in Finance

Date: Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 April 2013

 

Location: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University

 

One persistent theme in the history of mathematics is the close relationship between the subject and finance. From the Babylonians, through Fibonacci and then Stevin, Pascal, Fermat, Huygens, Bernoulli and Bachelier the development of mathematics has often been based on solving problems in finance.

 

The series of financial crises following 2007 have highlighted the need for novel mathematics to address the increasingly complex problems of finance. The IMA Conference on Mathematics in Finance has been organised in conjunction with the Bank of England, now responsible for financial stability in the UK, and with reference to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills Foresight project on the Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets. The aim is to encourage mathematicians, from a wide range of backgrounds, to address important societal issues in relation to the operation of modern markets.

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VIDEO: FuturICT: New Era of Participatory Global Computing

swissnex San Francisco welcomes Dirk Helbing from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) for an exploration of current Big Data�...
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ETH - ETH Risk Center - Workshops

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New views on extreme events: Coupled Networks, Dragon Kings and Explosive Percolation"

Date of workshop: Oct. 25-26, 2012

Committee
Prof. Hans Herrmann (Chair)
Prof. Dirk Helbing
Prof. Didier Sornette

Local organizer
Vitor Hugo Louzada, <louzada@ifb.baug.ethz.ch>

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BERGISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WUPPERTAL :: Jackstädt Zentrum für Unternehmertums- und Innovationsforschung :: Risk and Uncertainty in a Changing Society

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Risk and Uncertainty in a Changing Society WORKSHOP

(NOVEMBER 21ST-23RD, 2012)

 

Diemo Urbig is co-organizing the UCSIA International Workshop on RISK AND UNCERTAINTY IN CHANGING SOCIETY held at the University of Antwerp, November 21st-23rd, 2012. This workshop combines keynote speaches by Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich), Adam Burgess(University of Kent), Utz Weitzel (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Gabe Mythen (University of Liverpool) with presentations by a small set of international workshop participants.

 

Workshop Summary: The envisaged and desirable outcomes of change are often subject to risk, which the Stanford Encyclopedia defines as ‘possible but not certain that some undesirable event will occur’. In the context of our changing society we more and more realize that we create and experience risks that insurances do not want to insure or that are only insured at prices we are not willing to pay, either due to the mere size or due to their ambiguous, difficult to measure, nature. These risks need nevertheless to be dealt with by our society. How is this done in terms of dealing with potentially undesirable outcomes?

 

Risks are not simply technological or environmental in nature, they impact on the social structure. The risk experience as a whole acquires new social meanings and demands for alternative responses that meet public expectations for mitigation in the face of the increasing complexity of our global society. Dealing with newly created risks as well as with those risks whose presence we have just recently recognized and understood becomes a cornerstone of our society and identities. Sociological research even suggests the notion of ‘risk society’, a new stage of historical development and structural change related to the way people negotiate their way through this generalized culture of uncertainty. Risk and uncertainty, therefore, provide an interesting lens to capture and understand elements of contemporary social change that otherwise would go unnoticed.

 

Since the 1970s the study of the phenomenon of ‘risk’ has developed  from an essentially technical understanding and application in industry and engineering into an interdisciplinary field of research recognizing the human factor and social and political context shaping the way risks are conceived, negotiated and managed. Within philosophy, economics, psychology, sociology, law, politics, and other fields various aspects such as perception and communication of risk, risk management, governance and regulation, religious and cultural approaches to risk now receive due attention. Risk and uncertainty raise epistemological issues such as knowledge about lack of knowledge, ethical questions concerning risk-taking and risk-imposition or fairness of reciprocal exchanges of risks and benefits. Also matters of philosophy of science are raised by uncertainty such as the appropriate level of scientific knowledge needed for policy decisions.

The workshop focuses on ambiguous global risks, which have an impact that go beyond borders of space and time, affecting future generations and are no longer measurable or insurable (e.g. nuclear power, climate change, financial crisis, but also terrorism). How do we deal with such risks in terms of deciding what risks are acceptable for whom and what coping measures are made available for whom? How are these decisions made in the absence of reliable quantifiable data (or in the case of available data for which the existing analyzing techniques fall short or the political willingness to address them lacks)?  

The core research question of this workshop is what different analytical perspectives may contribute to the understanding of contemporary coping with risks on the micro, meso and macro levels and to what extent these risks affect individual, social and global decision making.

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VS-Games 2012 – organized by Games and Learning Alliance NoE
Genoa, Italy, 29-31 October 2012

http://www.vs-games2012.org/

We are seeking contributions that advance the state of the art in the technologies and knowledge available to support development and deployment of serious games. The following topics are particularly encouraged:

-Game design
-Gamification
-Platforms and tools for gaming
-AI applications for serious games
-Serious games methodologies
-User-modeling
-User assessment
-Game modeling
-Virtual environments
-Human-computer interaction
-Augmented reality
-Visualization techniques
-Alternate reality games
-Frame games
-Transmedia
-Pervasive gaming
-Mobile gaming
-Education and learning
-Educational principles/theories/outcomes
-Serious game mechanics
-Mapping educational outcomes and principles into serious game mechanics
-Case studies in serious games and virtual worlds
-Applications (e.g., areas such as environment, cultural heritage, health, smart buildings, v-commerce, business, management, entrepreneurship, humanities, engineering, manufacturing, security, safety, ethics)
-User studies

Important dates
• Full Papers (8 pages): 18th May 2012
• Short Papers (4 pages): 18th May 2012
• Poster Papers (2 pages): 18th May 2012
• Call for Workshops: 18th May 2012
• Call for Tutorials: 18th May 2012

Journal special issues
The conference organization committee is dealing with scientific publishers for organizing one or more journal special issues hosting the best technical and educational papers of the conference.

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