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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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Future Planet: Future Planet - The Future of Human Survival - Of Mice and Men

Future Planet: Future Planet - The Future of Human Survival - Of Mice and Men | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning? | Learning Emergence

10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning? | Learning Emergence | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
The European Physical Journal does not spring to mind as the first place to look for work on the future of education – but its Special Topics edition has an explicit focus on advances in Complex Systems, including socio-technical-economic systems, not just physical or biological. So it’s very satisfying to point to a more detailed account of the thinking behind the proposal, which we’ve just published as an open access special issue of EPJST.
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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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Research in social management of data, the “oil of the 21st century”

Research in social management of data, the “oil of the 21st century” | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
FuturICT (www.futurict.eu), scientifically lead by Professor Dirk Helbing (ETHZ) and coordinated by Professor Steven Bishop (UCL) has now submitted an outstanding proposal to the European Commission (EC) on behalf of a consortium of leading EU...
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Hurricane Sandy: Big Data Predicted Big Power Outages

Hurricane Sandy: Big Data Predicted Big Power Outages | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
What can be learned for future weather events? For starters, simulations must happen quickly and no single forecasting model will do.
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El BIFI monitorizará los niveles de gripe en España gracias a la ciencia ciudadana - Aragón Universidad

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15-11-2012

 

El BIFI monitorizará los niveles de gripe en España gracias a la ciencia ciudadana
La UZ monitorizará los niveles de gripe en España gracias a la ciencia ciudadana. El BIFI pone en marcha GripeNet.es, una herramienta que ayudará a investigar los mecanismos de propagación de las enfermedades infecciosas. Esta iniciativa opta a mil millones de euros para los próximos diez años.

 

Zaragoza.- El Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos (BIFI) de la Universidad de Zaragoza, en colaboración con la Fundación Ibercivis, ha implementado una plataforma computacional para monitorizar los niveles de gripe en España. GripeNet.es es una herramienta que permitirá recopilar datos en tiempo real sobre la incidencia de esta enfermedad a través de la colaboración desinteresada y anónima de voluntarios vía Internet.

El sitio www.gripenet.es se adhiere así al proyecto www.influenzanet.eu que ya existe en Europa y en el que participan, entre otros, países como: Portugal, Reino Unido, Francia e Italia. Con la incorporación de España a través de GripeNet.es, será posible estudiar de manera más precisa la evolución espacial y temporal de una epidemia en Europa Occidental.

Esto contribuirá a mejorar significativamente los modelos computacionales con los que se trabaja en la actualidad, pues la precisión de éstos depende en gran medida de la disponibilidad de datos reales. El objetivo final, como han explicado desde la UZ, es “ser capaces de predecir la evolución de una epidemia, tal y como se hace en la actualidad, en meteorología con las tormentas, huracanes, etc.”.

 

El éxito del proyecto depende, por tanto, de la colaboración ciudadana. Aquellos que se registren, podrán comunicar de manera anónima y en tiempo real si han padecido la enfermedad, cuáles han sido los síntomas, etc.


Estos estudios persiguen un doble objetivo: permitir a los investigadores seguir avanzando en el conocimiento de los mecanismos de propagación de las enfermedades infecciosas y contar con una herramienta de divulgación para acercar la ciencia al ciudadano e involucrarlo directamente en el estudio científico dada la importancia de su colaboración.

La iniciativa se presentará al público este viernes 16 de noviembre a las 11.00 horas en el Edificio I+D del Campus Río Ebro, coincidiendo con el lanzamiento de la web y la apertura del registro. El secretario científico del BIFI e investigador principal del proyecto,Yamir Moreno, será el encargado de dar a conocer todos los detalles de esta plataforma.

Se prevé que esta red sea uno de los pilares de la investigación vinculada al proyecto FuturICT.eu, cuya propuesta para las FET Flagship ha sido presentada a la Comisión Europea hace pocos días. La propuesta FuturICT se ha clasificado la primera entre las 21 propuestas recibidas para ser financiadas durante los próximos diez años como parte de la puesta en marcha de grandes proyectos científicos europeos, para lo cual, se cuenta con un presupuesto de mil millones de euros.

 

El objetivo de FuturICT es integrar las áreas de tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC), las ciencias sociales y las ciencias de la complejidad. Para ello, se aboga por el desarrollo de la ciencia participativa y la tecnología con el propósito de ayudar a comprender, explorar y gestionar los sistemas sociales complejos, globales e interactivos que conforman el mundo actual.

 

Al mismo tiempo, se prepara el camino para un nuevo paradigma de TIC basado en los sistemas sociales que impulse la auto-organización, la auto-regulación y la conciencia colectiva. FuturICT profundiza, por lo tanto, en algunas de las líneas estratégicas del BIFI y de la Fundación Ibercivis.

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Yaneer Bar-Yam: In Response to Newtown tragedy

by Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of NECSI

 

Simple statements to characterize a cause are inadequate. It is not sufficient to assert that the prevalence of guns is the sole cause, nor the perpetrator's mental instability, his social isolation, or his desire for infamy and media attention. We must realize that multiple factors create the conditions for such calamity, and we must responsibly address them together.

 

Conditions of society which cause more stress than some individuals can bear are a critical component. Each individual's unique situation, in psychological and social contexts, must be recognized and addressed, whether this involves medical attention or social support. Ready availability of firearms and widespread violence in the press and entertainment play a key role. To argue that a healthy, balanced individual in a supportive context would not abuse the power of firearms is beside the point. Protecting society requires recognition of the existence of many diverse individuals. Laws about firearms and limits on exposure to violent media should reflect the risks of the most vulnerable.

 

Individuals subject to trying conditions, exposed to violence, with sensitive psyches and access to firearms present the greatest risk for the tragedies we have seen in Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and elsewhere. We should also recognize that such extreme acts of violence are only the most visible manifestations. Many lesser incidents combining psycho-social strain and the exposure, motivation, and opportunity for violence also lead to intense suffering. To create social policies capable of averting future tragedies, it is necessary to set aside narrow, ideological and single-issue perspectives in favor of systemic approaches.

 

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Vygintas Gontis: Econophysics – brand new outlook into social sciences | Physics of Risk

Vygintas Gontis: Econophysics – brand new outlook into social sciences | Physics of Risk | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Econophysics is not a very well known interdisciplinary field of research in Lithuania. There are very few Lithuania based scientists who are related to this
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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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Berner Fachhochschule

New Science and Technology to Manage Our Complex, Connected World: FuturICT - scientifically lead by Professor Dirk Helbing (ETHZ) and coordinated by Professor Steven Bishop (UCL) has now submitted an outstanding proposal to the EC on behalf of a consortium of leading EU universities and research organisations.

The Research Institute for Security in the Information Society (RISIS) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences is a member of the project consortium. If the project is funded, Professor Endre Bangerter is going to work on new security paradigms and issues that emerge in the context of the large scale IT infrastructures underlying the project.
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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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FuturICT's curator insight, December 17, 2012 7:36 AM

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

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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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Zu viele Besucher wurden zum Verhängnis - Schweizer Forscher: Eine "Panik" war es nicht

Zu viele Besucher wurden zum Verhängnis - Schweizer Forscher: Eine "Panik" war es nicht | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Dirk Helbing Interviewed on German Television (3sat.de)  about the Duisburg Love Parade disaster.

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FuturICT, czyli co boli konkretną część świata

FuturICT, czyli co boli konkretną część świata | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Chcemy zbudować 'Planetarny system nerwowy', który pozwoli nam spojrzeć na to, co boli konkretną część świata. To pomoże nam prognozować przyszłe wydarzenia, takie jak wybuch kryzysu. I pomoże politykom podejmować decyzje - mówi magazynowi Next prof.
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In financial ecosystems, big banks trample economic habitats and spread fiscal disease - MoneyScience's blog - MoneyScience

Like the impact of an elephant herd grazing on grassland, multinational banks shape the financial environment to an extent that far outweighs their small number...
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