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WEHIA-COST PhD School - WEHIA 2013 June 17th to June 19th

WEHIA-COST PhD School - WEHIA 2013 June 17th to June 19th | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it
18th Annual Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents

 

The WEHIA-COST PhD School on "Agent-based modeling and policy design for financial crises" will be held before the WEHIA 2013 workshop, from June 17th to June 19th.

 

The School is particularly suited for PhD students, Post-docs and young researchers.

 

TUTORIALS:

 

1. "An Introduction to ABM Validation", Lecturer: Pasquale Cirillo,

  Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

 

2. (Topic to be defined) ,Lecturer: Domenico Delli Gatti*, Catholic

  University in Milan, Italy

 

3. "Economic models in which crises are endogenous and not acts of

  God", Lecturer: Alan Kirman, Université d'Aix-Marseille III, France

 

4. "Simulation Models on Systemic Risks", Lecturer: Akira Namatame,

  National Defence Academy, Japan

 

5. A fifth Tutorial will be announced soon.

 

*to be confirmed

 

A demo and main results of the Iceace model and simulator of the Icelandic economy will be also presented. The Iceace model and simulator has been developed within the research project "Financial instability, credit rationing and business cycles in an agent- based model: The case of Iceland" funded by the Icelandic Research Center (Rannis).

 

 

RULES::

 

The PhD School will be free of charge for the registered participants of the WEHIA 2013 workshop. The number of seats available is however limited.

Furthermore, a maximum of 10 grants of 320 Euro each will be awarded to selected PhD students and Post-docs to contribute to their accommodation expenses.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

 

Grants will be awarded and participants will be admitted on the basis of a CV and research statement (max 2 pages) to be sent to wehia2013@ru.is by March 25th 2013.

 

Notification of admission and of grants will be sent by April 15th, 2013.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

 

The School is funded by COST Action IS0902 on:"Systemic Risks, Financial Crises and Credit - the roots, dynamics and consequences of the Subprime Crisis".

 

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS:

 

Participants of the PhD School will have a chance to celebrate the independence of Iceland, along with thousands of Icelanders who flock to the center of Reykjavik to celebrate Independence day on June 17th. The highlight of the celebrations is an outdoor concert in the heart of Reykjavik, featuring some of Iceland´s biggest stars in music.

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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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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: 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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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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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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WEBCAST: The Millennium Project to Launch the 'Global Futures Intelligence System' at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., January 16th

WEBCAST: The Millennium Project to Launch the 'Global Futures Intelligence System' at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., January 16th | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

About The Millennium Project

 

The Millennium Project was established in 1996 as the first globalized think tank. It conducts independent futures research via its 46 Nodes around the world. Nodes are groups of individuals and institutions that select thought leaders and scholars in their country or region to participate in globally significant research and feed back the results. They connect global and local perspectives. The Millennium Project is supported by UN organizations, multinational corporations, universities, foundations, and governments. It is a global information utility for decision-makers and educators facing some of the biggest challenges in human history, such as climate change, water and energy, globalization, science & technology, rich-poor gaps, security, ICT, management, and ethics. It updates and improves insights on the progress and regress of critical issues. It is the only global futures resource produced by a really global system. The Millennium Project was a 2012 ComputerWorld Honors Laureate for its innovated work in collaborative information systems to benefit humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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MSI – Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

MSI – Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data | FuturICT Events of Interest | Scoop.it

"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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