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Big Data & social media for crisis management: Lecture at ETH, Zurich

Big Data & social media for crisis management: Lecture at ETH, Zurich | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation, delivered a public lecture on Big Data & social media for crisis management at Zurich's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH, one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences in the world. The Foundation was invited by Prof. Dirk Helbing, Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modelling and Simulation. ICT4Peace is an active partner of Prof. Helbing's FuturICT project.

 

Sanjana's presentation looked at events on the ground from his home country, Sri Lanka, as well as, at the time of the presentation, content generation on and around the bombings at the Boston marathon, as key examples of how today information is produced at exponentially increasing rates, leading to new ethical, philosophical, scientific, journalistic, scientific, computational and other challenges, as well as opportunities.

 

The presentation looked at cities around the world, including from the African subcontinent, embracing big data and making decades of hitherto closed or hard to access information available, for free, in the public domain via the web, and relevant APIs and frameworks. The presentation looked at how even the UN, often perceived as extremely conservative and conventional, is today leading the way in flagging the value of big data and leading the development of platforms as well as political leadership to meaningfully use it in key operations. Through information visualisations, Sanjana demonstrated just how much a city's contours and its population movements could be tracked. Examples were also shown from the world of data driven journalism - how big data, from its production to its consumption and open analysis, is changing the way the news is generated, distributed and engaged with.

 

The presentation focussed on the impact of big data in humanitarian aid and relief operations, including with the UN OCHA and other key humanitarian actors in the UN system. After going into how digital cartography today is no longer the exclusive domain of GIS experts, Sanjana also flagged key drivers from other domains - from algorithms in the online music industry that can sift through millions of tracks in less than a second to the gamification of disaster response - that will drive both the awareness of big data as well as progress in actually leveraging its potential to really make an impact in the efficiency and effectiveness of relief work.

 

Finally, Sanjana touched more deeply on some of the ethical and rights based concerns over the generation, use and archival of big data, especially around humanitarian disasters in fragile States, and in post-war contexts. Ending on the note that sharing, not hoarding, firewalling and storing, is the new power, Sanjana flagged the report by the ICT4Peace Foundation The potential and challenges of open data for crisis information management and aid efficiency.

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La UE invierte 2.000 millones en el grafeno y la recreación del cerebro humano | Materia

La UE invierte 2.000 millones en el grafeno y la recreación del cerebro humano  |  Materia | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
La Unión Europea escoge dos proyectos de investigación que contarán con el mayor respaldo económico concedido para instituciones académicas, según ha confirmado 'Materia'. El anuncio oficial se hará el 28 ...
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Simulation der Zukunft | Telepolis

Simulation der Zukunft | Telepolis | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Simulation der ZukunftWissenschaftler wollen auf Supercomputern berechnen, wohin sich die Gesellschaft bewegt und so eine "Ära sozialer und sozio-inspirierter Innovationen" einleiten

Ende Januar wird sich die EU entscheiden, welches FET Flagship sie unterstützen wird. Gesucht werden wissenschaftliche Großprojekte vom Format der Mondlandung. Einer der aussichtsreichsten Kandidaten auf die immensen Fördergelder ist FuturICT. Das Projekt soll die Weltgesellschaft auf Supercomputern simulieren, die Zukunft managen und eine neue Wissenschaft gründen. Ob der von langer Hand geplante Paradigmenwechsel gelingt, ist aber ungewiss.

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Tödliche Panik

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Wissenschaftler wollen mit virtuellen Simulationen Katastrophen frühzeitig erkennen und verhindern Von Katja Heise

 

Mit Smartphone-Apps und Drohnen sollen in Zukunft Unglücke wie das auf der Love-Parade verhindert werden

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ETH forscht an der Zukunftsmaschine: Eine Milliarde von der EU?

ETH forscht an der Zukunftsmaschine: Eine Milliarde von der EU? | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Ein neues Grossprojekt der Hochschule will nicht weniger als die ganze Welt erklären – und dadurch Katastrophen verhindern. 

Es ist nur ein kleiner Schritt für die EU-Kommission, aber ein grosser für die Wissenschaft. In den nächsten Tagen entscheidet die Europäische Union über Fördergelder von bis zu einer Milliarde Euro. Brüssel will damit ein wissenschaftliches Grossprojekt verwirklichen, das Europa weltweit zum Vorreiter machen soll. Forscher sprechen von einem Man-on-the-Moon-Projekt, weil es vergleichbar ist mit der Errungenschaft des ersten Menschen auf den Mond.

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La scienza che verrà: 10 anticipazioni sul 2013

La scienza che verrà: 10 anticipazioni sul 2013 | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

L’UE sceglie i due progetti bandiera da 1 miliardo di euro
Grande eccitazione per l’imminente scelta della Commissione europea dei due progetti bandiera che guideranno l’innovazione scientifica e tecnologica nei prossimi dieci anni, grazie a un finanziamento di un miliardo di euro ciascuno. La competizione si è aperta nel 2010 e i progetti giunti ora alla fase finale sono sei (non vi sarete mica persi i nostri articoli sui sei FET Flagship?). Alla fine di gennaio, l’annuncio dei due vincitori. Nanorobot che controlleranno costantemente il nostro stato di salute, miracolose applicazioni del grafene, assistenti robot, una grande simulazione del cervello umano ma soprattutto FutureICT, su cui si concentrano le scommesse: una sperimentazione su scala globale volta a simulare e prevedere le future crisi sistemiche della nostra società.

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Bruce Edmonds: 3 joint papers in a special issue of EPJ Special Topics on "Participatory Science and Computing for Our Complex World"

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FuturICT Project:The FuturICT bid could not accord more strongly with the ISRS mission. Success in addressing the measures of resilience will be invaluable to FuturICT and society- Jamie Mackintosh

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A special edition of the European Physical Journal http://link.springer.com/journal/11734/214/1/page/1, Vol. 214 pp 1-666 (2012) has been published which supports the 'FuturICT' bid. It comprises 23 Chapters authored by scientists belonging to the FuturICT community.

Links to the individual chapters are also available on the FuturICT website.

The ISRS Director, Dr Jamie MacIntosh also co-authored a chapter within this special edition, entitled "Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies."

FuturlCT is a FET Flagship project using collective, participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences and complexity science, to design socio-inspired technology and develop a science of global, socially interactive systems. The project will bring together, on a global level, Big Data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its coevolution with technology. It will place Europe at the forefront of a major scientific drive to understand, explore and manage our complex, connected world in a more sustainable and resilient manner.

The FuturICT bid could not accord more strongly with the ISRS mission. Success in addressing the measures of resilience will be invaluable to FuturICT and society. Resilience can offer a graceful convergence through creating jobs and healthy competitiveness. This is vital. FuturICT is the perfect platform for delivering such outcomes.
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FuturICT FET Flagship: open access special issue.

FuturICT FET Flagship: open access special issue. | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
FuturICT FET Flagship: open access special issue.
Simon Buckingham Shum, Tuesday 11 December 2012
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FuturICT and the European Balancing Act - EMC+

FuturICT and the European Balancing Act - EMC+ | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Steve Todd reports on Future and Emerging Technologies—the EU pathfinder program in information technologies.
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FuturICT souhaite modéliser et prédire les événements à l'échelle mondiale | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation

FuturICT souhaite modéliser et prédire les événements à l'échelle mondiale | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Le projet vise à mettre en place ce que ses concepteurs appellent un simulateur sociologique qui, en compilant de multiples données, serait capable de deviner l'imminence de conflits, de crises, de changements...
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IT Reseller - Perspektiven für den ICT-Standort Schweiz

IT Reseller - Perspektiven für den ICT-Standort Schweiz | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Am 11. und 12. November findet in Luzern das Swiss ICT Symposium 2013 statt. 20 hochkarätige Referenten nehmen Stellung zu den Perspektiven des ICT-Werkplatzes Schweiz. Abgerundet wird der Event durch die Verleihung der Swiss ICT Awards 2013.
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Am 11. und. 12. November wird am «Swiss ICT Symposium 2013»* über die Zukunft des ICT-Standorts Schweiz diskutiert. ETH-Professor Dirk Helbing wird dann zeigen, wie er mit «FuturICT» auf einem Computer das ganze Weltgeschehen simulieren und berechenbar machen will. Nationalrat Balthasar Glättli spricht über die Netzneutralität, Stefan Burschka von Ruag identifiziert Botnetze und UBS-CIO Stefan Arn berichtet von seinem Alltag. Auch bekannte Persönlichkeiten aus Kultur (Yello-Mann Dieter Meier) und Sport (Max Heinzer, Weltnummer 1 im Degenfechten) werden aus ihrem Leben erzählen.

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Fußgängerpsychologie: Die verschlungenen Wege der Menschen - Spektrum.de

Fußgängerpsychologie: Die verschlungenen Wege der Menschen - Spektrum.de | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Fußgänger sind unkalkulierbar. Welche Wege sie wählen, ist nach wie vor die große Unbekannte in der Forschung. Physiker und Soziologen haben daher ein neues Modell entwickelt, das auch psychologische Faktoren in Zahlen übersetzt. Passanten werden damit berechenbar, ihre Bedürfnisse können besser berücksichtigt werden - wenn Stadtplaner umdenken.
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Seeking the next CERN: Europe to award $1.3 billion to next-generation science projects- Washington Post

Seeking the next CERN: Europe to award $1.3 billion to next-generation science projects- Washington Post | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

By Associated Press, 

Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 3:32 PM

BERLIN

 

Call it Europe’s Got Talent for geeks. Teams of scientists from across the continent are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive up to €1 billion ($1.33 billion) over 10 years to keep Europe at the cutting edge of technology.


The contest began with 26 proposals that were whittled down to six last year. Just four have made it to the final round.

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Virtual ‘mirror’ of world to help predict future - Steven Bishop in The Sunday Times

Virtual ‘mirror’ of world to help predict future - Steven Bishop in  The Sunday Times | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

A BRITISH-LED scientific project is poised to win £800m backing from the European Union.

 

University College London (UCL) is co-ordinating a group of institutions that is seeking to develop a computer model of the world’s population, economy and society.

 

Creating a virtual “mirror” of the world would allow scientists, governments and others to obtain unparalleled insights into the way society responds to certain events and under certain circumstances.

 

For example, the impact of natural disasters or the introduction of new laws could be assessed in the virtual world, providing data about the effect on society and the economy. The response to contagious diseases could also be tried and assessed in the virtual world.

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The U.S. Needs a FuturICT Program to Confront the Challenges of 21st Century Government - GovLoop - Knowledge Network for Government

The U.S. Needs a FuturICT Program to Confront the Challenges of 21st Century Government - GovLoop - Knowledge Network for Government | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

By Bill Brantley

About GovLoop GovLoop is the "Knowledge Network for Government" - the premier social network connecting over 60,000 federal, state, and local government innovators.

A great resource to connect with peers, share best practices, and find career-building opportunities

 

Over a 100 researchers in the top European universities are launching a ten-year Big Science project to create a new science for the 21st Century: FuturICT. FuturICT is the merger of information and communication technologies (ICT), complexity science, and social science to create “socially-adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.” What does that mean and why should we care?

Simply put, our technological society is changing at an ever-increasing speed and complexity that we can no longer manager with our current scientific understanding and “collective experience from our simpler past.” Our best efforts to manage these complex networks often results in “counter-intuitive effects driven by positive feedbacks that lead to domino-like cascades of failures.” We need to create systems that can quickly recover from failures – predictable and unpredictable. We need to create sustainable solutions to our most pressing societal needs. And we need to accomplish in a future of constrained resources and increasing citizen demands.

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New Scientist: 2013 Smart Guide: Hot computing for a cool billion - tech - 26 December 2012

New Scientist: 2013 Smart Guide: Hot computing for a cool billion - tech - 26 December 2012 | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Six mega-projects, from a supercomputer brain simulation to a real-life SimCity on a global scale, are vying for two prizes, each worth $1 billion, 

 

It has been called science's X Factor: six mega-projects vying for two prizes, each worth a cool €1 billion.

 

In 2010, the European Commission put out a call for visionary computing initiatives comparable to the moon landing or the mapping of the human genome. Such ultra-ambitious projects would change the way we think about the world and ideally solve some of its problems, too.

 

Of 21 ideas submitted, six were shortlisted for further development. These include the Human Brain Project - an attempt to simulate the brain using a supercomputer - and a scheme to create a new generation of electronic devices based not on silicon but graphene.

 

The winners will be announced at the end of January. The prize money, from European countries and private firms as well as the European Union, will be spread over 10 years.

 

Our money is on FuturICT, a real-life SimCity on a global scale. It will give individuals, companies and governments real-time information about the planet, and run simulations to find the best strategies for dealing with issues such as climate change.

 

FuturICT was conceived after the 2008 financial crash drove home our lack of understanding about today's hyperconnected world. The civilisation simulator will be an open platform, accepting data on anything from social media and the stock exchange to climate models and political preferences. Stay tuned for the start of something big.

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Complexity-Aided Design | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities

Complexity-Aided Design | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
“In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations. This skin is already being stitched together….. “. This comment from Harvard’s Cherry Murray, Dean of Engineering symbolises the foundation on which the FuturICT project is to be built. In essence, complexity theory suggests that human systems evolve like biological systems from the bottom up but that interventions are required to make sure that our own ability to evolve such systems meets sustainable limits and enables an optimum quality of life. In world of electronic sensing at every level, the potential for getting things badly wrong as well as reaching for what might be brilliantly right is greater than at any time hitherto. FuturICT proposes to realise these quests by using complexity theory to develop new designs for societal systems that meet these goals through contemporary information and communications technologies. This is one of several papers in the special topics section of the European Physical Journal that traces out this mission and suggests ways forward. Get the paper here. Some are open access and click here to see the contents of this issue
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Complexity Science, Learning Analytics & Collective Intelligence

Complexity Science, Learning Analytics & Collective Intelligence | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
FuturlCT is a FET Flagship project using collective, participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences and complexity science, to design socio-‐inspired technology and develop a science of global, socially interactive systems. The project will bring together, on a global level, Big Data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its co-‐ evolution with technology. It will place Europe at the forefront of a major scientific drive to understand, explore and manage our complex, connected world in a more sustainable and resilient manner.

In this open access special issue of EPJST, you’ll find a fascinating set of contributions from European scientists who set out a 10 year research agenda within their fields: what are the really tough problems? There are also visionary position papers outlining the kind of socio-technical infrastructure that FuturICT will investigate, and a foregrounding of the ethical dimensions that human Big Data and Analytics always raise.
• Foreword
• Introduction: The FuturICT knowledge accelerator towards a more resilient and sustainable future
• FuturICT: Participatory computing to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way
• Accelerating scientific discovery by formulating grand scientific challenges
• A planetary nervous system for social mining and collective awareness
• Towards a living earth simulator
• Towards a global participatory platform: Democratising open data, complexity science and collective intelligence
• FuturICT – The road towards ethical ICT
• Theoretical and technological building blocks for an innovation accelerator
• The FuturICT education accelerator
• Challenges in complex systems science
• Challenges in network science: Applications to infrastructures, climate, social systems and economics
• A complex systems approach to constructing better models for managing financial markets and the economy
• Manifesto of computational social science
• Exploratory of society
• An economic and financial exploratory
• Socio-inspired ICT: Towards a socially grounded society-ICT symbiosis
• Complexity aided design: The FuturICT technological innovation paradigm
• Causality discovery technology
• Smart cities of the future
• Data and models for exploring sustainability of human well-being in global environmental change
• The emerging energy web
• Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies
• Linking science and arts: Intimate science, shared spaces and living experiments
• Big science and big administration: Confronting the governance, financial and legal challenges of FuturICT
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JOURNAL: THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL SPECIAL TOPICS  Vol. 214 (November II 2012)"Participatory Science and Computing for Our Complex World".

http://epjst.epj.org/index.php?option=com_toc&url=/articles/epjst/abs/2012/14/contents/contents.html

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Information Playground: FuturICT and the European Balancing Act

Information Playground: FuturICT and the European Balancing Act | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

FuturICT and the European Balancing Act

December 03, 2012

 

Several years ago I was involved in an NSF grant proposal that focused on academic collaboration between geographically disparate scientific data sets. A handful of universities in the United States were part of the proposal.I participated on behalf of EMC and in concert with several other vendors.

The term “Big Data” was not yet in vogue.....

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BBC & UCL announce new strategic partnership

BBC & UCL announce new strategic partnership | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

BBC Research & Development today announced a new strategic partnership with UCL, to drive innovation, and collaborate on a wide programme of R&D activity. Building on the BBC’s history of partnerships, this venture will bring together some of the brightest minds in the UK to discuss and tackle the challenges for digital media and the creative industry at large.

 

Over the next four years, the new partnership between BBC and UCL will focus on an ambitious programme of research work that seeks to advance state-of-the-art communications technologies, Internet research, content production, user experience (UXD) and access services. The outcomes of this research will also be shared with the wider industry.

 

As part of the partnership, the BBC and UCL will share facilities and resources, and create new opportunities for students, graduates, staff and third parties with a range of sponsored studentships for doctorate level research, internships, student placements and a staff exchange programme. This initiative will form the foundation for future collaboration with other academic and industrial partners and as such will act as a catalyst in accelerating UK performance in this sector.

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