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VACANCIES: Senior Research Fellow in Complexity Economics (three posts) Said Business School

Senior Research Fellow in Complexity Economics (three posts)
Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford

Grade 8: £37,012 - £44,166 p.a.

 

"We are seeking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow in Complexity Economics (up to 3 posts) to join the research team based at INET@Oxford at the University of Oxford. These posts are fixed-term for three years.

 

The Complexity Economics Programme is based at the Said Business School and at the Mathematical Institute. The successful candidates will be based at one of these departments.

 

You will be expected to undertake both independent and joint research in relevant aspects of the Complexity Economics Programme, under the guidance and supervision of the Directors.

You will be expected to then integrate specific research findings with the work of all programme partners and co-author articles for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals in different disciplines, presenting research results at international workshops and conferences. You will be expected to oversee the day-to-day management of the programme and contribute to the training and development needs of graduate students.

 

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. economics, physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative sociology, mathematical biology, ecology, or evolutionary theory). Post-doctoral training in relevant research areas, and in particular, complex systems, is desirable.

 

Please submit two written references with your application.

 

All applications must be made online.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 7 January 2013.
Contact Person : Sarah Buckley Vacancy ID : 104750
Contact Phone : 01865 288414 Closing Date : 07-Jan-2013
Contact Email : vacancies@sbs.ox.ac.uk"

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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

Institute IMDEA Networks is among the 7 participants of the Spanish node (FuturICT Spain) within the FuturICT consortium.

 

The Institute will provide its extensive experience on content distribution, network architectures, protocols, communications, green ICT and internet economics, among other fields, as well as skills specific to tackle this project, such as trace and data gathering from social and peer-to-peer-networks, mobile networks and sensor networks.

 

Amongst the key people involved in the research and coordination activities of the FuturICT project, Marco Ajmone Marsan- Full Professor at the Electronics and Telecommunications Department and Chief Researcher at IMDEA Networks- will act as ‘leader’ of the WorkPackage 6.6 on ‘Smart Energy Systems’, where IMDEA Networks will be concentrating its activities.

 

Antonio Fernández Anta, Senior Research at IMDEA Networks, shall coordinate the IMDEA team. Within the overall FuturICT aim to accelerate the scientific cycle that goes from data generation to prediction, the Institute’s research activities will focus on smart energy systems.

 

They will look at future scenarios, devise solutions for future energy networks and energy-efficient ICT (using existing and newly developed tools) and generate insight, understanding and knowledge about the societal, economic, technological and environmental uses of this research, most particularly how its findings may be used in decision making, policy formulation, forecast and crisis management scenarios.

 

FuturICT is in perfect alignment with Europe’s Vision 2020 with its strong focus on innovation and socio-economic-environmental as well as health challenges. Big Data and Open Data are the “oil of the 21st century” and as Europe is scarce of natural resources, it must build on ideas so the ability to refine them can become Europe’s newest resource. Innovations in this area will offer new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, for self-employment and stimulate an age of creativity leading to economic, social and cultural prosperity.

 

Over the next few weeks the EC will seek review of the six final proposals with a view to funding two FET Flagship projects starting in 2013.

 

More information:
• FuturICT Spanish node: http://futurict.es
• Video presentation of the project: http://www.futurict.eu
http://player.vimeo.com/video/29779008?autoplay=1
• The Proposal
• IMDEA Networks 3rd Annual Workshop: Internet Science 2011
• We want to build a Planetary Nervous System, Interview to Dirk
Helbing,Chair of Sociology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and Scientific
Coordinator of FuturICT
• Conference Takes A New Approach To Studying The Internet And Social Networking
• International Workshop To Investigate Internet Science And Social Networking

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Miljard euro voor onderzoek naar beheersbaarheid crises | Folia Web

Miljard euro voor onderzoek naar beheersbaarheid crises | Folia Web | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Een flight simulator voor beleidsmedewerkers.’ Zo noemt hoogleraar kwantitatieve economie Cars Hommes de workshop FuturICT die op 30 september wordt gehouden op de economische faculteit. De workshop is bijzonder omdat deze wordt gehouden in het kader van het ‘EU Flagship onderzoek’, een tien jaar durend onderzoeksproject dat zijn weerga niet kent. De Europese Commissie trekt er 1 miljard euro voor uit, verspreid over tien jaar, een project dus waarin honderd miljoen per jaar omgaat, te beginnen in 2013.

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Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win | TIME.com

Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win | TIME.com | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49.
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Resetting the Business Agenda - The Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data

Published on Oct 30, 2012

 

The session presents key findings of a new IBM-Saïd Business School report on corporate adoption of Big Data. Dean Peter Tufano, Professor Dolores Romero Morales and Dr Janet Smart are co-authors of this report, which is based on a survey of senior executives at over 1,000 firms. What is "Big Data?" How broadly has it been adopted? By whom? To do what? What's holding firms back from greater use of Big Data?

 

Commenting more generally on the hope, hype and perils of this phenomenon are David Kay, VP Sales IBM; Anand Rajaraman, former SVP Global eCommerce, Walmart; Stephen Shelton, Head of Data Services, BAE Systems Detica; and Major General Jonathan Shaw, former Head of Cyber Security, MOD.

 

The 24 October 2012 Saïd Business School Symposium, "Resetting the Business Agenda", was an afternoon of insightful debate, discussions and deliberations with critical thinkers and internationally renowned experts and speakers from Oxford and beyond.

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FuturICT: simulare il mondo per prevedere le prossime crisi

FuturICT: simulare il mondo per prevedere le prossime crisi | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
È uno dei 6 progetti-bandiera dell’Unione europea nell’ambito della ricerca scientifica. Come la psicostoria di Asimov, cercherà di prevedere il comportamento delle masse umane.
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El acelerador de conocimiento FuturICT se pone en marcha / Noticias / SINC - Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas

El acelerador de conocimiento FuturICT se pone en marcha / Noticias / SINC - Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
SINC, Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas, plataforma multimedia de comunicación científica...
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FuturICT FET Flagship Project Proposal Submitted to European Commission

FuturICT FET Flagship Project Proposal Submitted to European Commission | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

FuturICT FET Flagship Project Proposal Submitted to European Commission
26 October 2012 ETH Zürich

FuturICT (www.futurict.eu), scientifically lead by Professor Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich) and coordinated by Professor Steven Bishop (UCL), has now been submitted an outstanding proposal to the EC on behalf of a consortium of leading EU universities and research organisations. FuturICT was rated 1st out of the 21 proposals received for the initial stage of the competition which asks for visionary and highly ambitious proposals around Big Science projects that extend over a 10 year period and €1 Billion budget. The report on the FuturICT Pilot Phase was rated “excellent”.

ETH Zurich and EPFL are both strongly involved in the project, with more than a dozen research teams. Besides European’s academic powerhouses, vibrant research communities integrating ICT experts, social and complexity scientists have been established in USA, South America, Japan, China, and Australia.

The unifying goal of the FuturICT FET flagship is to integrate the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), social sciences and complexity science, to develop a new kind of participatory science and technology that will help us to understand, explore and manage the complex, global, socially interac­tive systems that make up our world today, while at the same time paving the way for a new paradigm of ICT systems that will leverage socio-inspired self-organisation, self-regulation, and collective awareness.

FuturICT capitalizes on three developments: the collection of Big Data and Open Data of techno-socio-economic activities, the availability of previously unseen supercomputing power, and opportunities created by social media and socially interactive technologies. These developments will eventually enable the creation of a “Planetary Nervous System” to measure the state of the world in real-time, a “Living Earth Simulator” to study possible scenarios resulting from causal interdependencies between different processes and systems, and a “Global Participatory Platform” to allow people to solve problems collaboratively that are more complex than any one individual or team can handle. FuturICT will hence develop new science and technology to better man­age the opportunities and challenges of our complex, connected world. FuturICT will also create new busi­ness opportunities through its new ICT paradigm, characterized by socio-inspired ICT, a co-evolution of ICT with society, platforms for collective awareness, ethical and value-sensitive design, and a whole new infor­mation ecosystem fuelled by FuturICT’s Innovation Accelerator, Global Systems Science, and Exploratories which are strongly linked to industry verticals.

FuturICT is in perfect alignment with Europe’s Vision 2020 with its strong focus on innovation and socio-economic-environmental as well as health challenges. Big Data and Open Data are the “oil of the 21st century” and as Europe is scarce of natural resources, it must build on ideas so the ability to refine them can become Europe’s newest resource. Innovations in this area will offer new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, for self-employment and stimulate an age of creativity leading to economic, social and cultural prosperity.

http://www.futurict.eu

 

 

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Lifeboat News: The Blog:FuturICT Vision for the Social Sciences, ICT & Complexity Science

Lifeboat News: The Blog:FuturICT Vision for the Social Sciences, ICT & Complexity Science | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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FuturICT Vision for the Social Sciences, ICT & Complexity Science

FuturICT Vision for the Social Sciences, ICT & Complexity Science | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
FutureICT have submitted their proposal to the FET Flagship Programme, an initiative that aims to facilitate breakthroughs in information technology.
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Big Data, Smart Meters and the (Near) Real-Time Grid : Greentech Media

Big Data, Smart Meters and the (Near) Real-Time Grid : Greentech Media | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Schneider Electric’s Telvent and OSIsoft team up on a software platform to capture smart meters’ big data potential.
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VACANCY: NOVEL THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS

VACANCY: NOVEL THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS Posted on Behalf of Universität Hamburg, KlimaCampus

"Climate change is a key challenge for both, science and society. The Cluster of Excellence „Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP) is responding to this challenge in an integrated way, linking together natural and social sciences. Main partners are the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Centre DKRZ. CliSAP has initiated the “KlimaCampus Hamburg”, an alliance of research institutions covering a wide range of expertise on integrated climate system science in Hamburg, thus offering excellent conditions for research and education.

 

The Cluster of Excellence invites applications for a

Research Associate/Postdoc m/f (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

The successful applicant will carry out activities in the context of the CLISAP2 project within the group of Theoretical Meteorology and his/her research will be focused on the development of new methods in statistical mechanics/dynamical systems for the investigation of geophysical fluid flows, with the vision of the Earth as a complex system featuring multiscale properties and irreversible processes.

 

Interdisciplinary research abilities are greatly appreciated.
The successful applicant will have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:
• Climate Tipping Points;
• Dynamical Systems: Lyapunov exponents and covariant vectors;
• Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics;
• Extreme Events and Large deviation theory;
• Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Stochastic parametrizations;
• Adjoint Methods.

 

The objective of the research group in Theoretical Meterological is to develop new lines of interdisciplinary resaerch across geosciences, physics, astronomy, and mathematics for attaining a new level of understanding of geophysical and planetary systems and developing new approaches for studying general non-equilibrium systems.

 

Responsibilities
The applicant will carry out collaborative and independent research within the group of Theoretical Meteorology. Activities to start up or reinforce research contacts within the research group and within the
Clisap2 project will be supported. The set up of new research links with other research and academic institutions in Germany and abroad and the preparation of re-search proposals will be greatly appreciated. The applicant will also contribute to the organization of scientific events.
Specific tasks include presenting research at international conferences, publishing results in peer reviewed research journals and advising and supporting junior team members in their research. If the candidate wishes to undertake some teaching activities, this will be supported.

 

Requirements
We expect a doctoral degree in mathematics, physics, meteorology, oceanography, geosciences or a related subject and the following skills:
• Proven research abilities in one or more of the following areas • Climate Tipping Points; • Dynamical Systems: Lyapunov exponents and covariant vectors; • Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics; • Extreme Events and Large deviation theory; • Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Stochastic parametrizations; • Adjoint Methods.
Demonstrated experience in developing interdisciplinary research Demonstrated knowledge and skills in presenting an publishing research results Proficiency in programming scientific numerical simulations Ability to conduct independent work. Ability to perform collaborative research.

 

General information
Payment is according to salary group E 14 TV-L. The position is offered starting January 1st, 2013, ending December 31st, 2016. (see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz)). The position calls for 39 hours per week.
The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants.
Application dossiers (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two references) are to be submitted
to:

office.clisap@zmaw.de

or to

Universität Hamburg
KlimaCampus
CliSAP Office
Code/Reference Number A-1_Postdoc
Grindelberg 5
20144 Hamburg

 

Please submit your application until November 30th, 2012. Please do not submit any original copies of your documents; furthermore, your documents will only be returned to you if you include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with your application. The interviews with the shortlisted candidates will take place in the week of December 17th 2012.
For additional information please do not hesitate to contact Prof.
Valerio Lucarini, valerio.lucarini@zmaw.de, phone +49(0)40-42838-9208 Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

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Advice for the Aspiring Data Scientist | SmartData Collective

Advice for the Aspiring Data Scientist | SmartData Collective | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
It’s been well-documented throughout the blogosphere over the past few weeks, but every time I read it, I’m still a little surprised--more so by the grandiosity of it all, rather than the fact of the matter.
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Investigación en gestión social de datos, el 'petróleo del siglo XXI'

Investigación en gestión social de datos, el 'petróleo del siglo XXI' | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
El proyecto FuturICT liderado por el Profesor Dirk Helbing (ETHZ) como Director Científico y coordinado por el Profesor Steven Bishop (UCL), ha presentado a la Comisión Europea (CE) una propuesta en representación de un consorcio integrado por...
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Want to Kill Your Career? Just Ignore the Big Data Boom - Forbes

Want to Kill Your Career? Just Ignore the Big Data Boom - Forbes | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Did you know: Companies that haven’t put together comprehensive plans for managing and exploiting Big Data expect that the price tag for that failure to act will be $71 million in lost revenue per year?
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Big Data Set to Explode as 40 Billion New Devices Connect to Internet - Forbes

Big Data Set to Explode as 40 Billion New Devices Connect to Internet - Forbes | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Oracle president Mark Hurd (Getty Images North America via @daylife) If you think we’ve got Big Data problems now—with “only” about 9 billion devices connected to the Internet—what’s the situation going to be like when that number soars to 50...
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Oxford professors urge businesses to adopt Big Data

Oxford professors urge businesses to adopt Big Data | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Increasing numbers of businesses are harnessing the advantages of “Big Data” according to a study from the University of Oxford’s Saїd Business School and the IBM Institute for Business Value.

 

Commentators said big data is “much discussed but ill-defined”, and companies would do well to make the most of sophisticated analytics.

 

Big data can mean any number of things, such as social media analytics, real-time data, information management or the handling of vast amounts of data from traditional and non-traditional routes.

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Companies Value Big Data But Are Still Hesitating, Says IBM

Companies Value Big Data But Are Still Hesitating, Says IBM | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Although most people believe in Big Data, they aren't adopting it quickly, because they don't understand it, says a study by IBM and Oxford University...

 

Companies Value Big Data But Are Still Hesitating, Says IBM
Lack of understanding may be holding up Big Data, says a study from IBM and Oxford University

 

On October 22, 2012 by Peter Judge 0

Organisations are looking to Big Data for future profits – but most are at an early stage, according to an IBM-backed report. And when they get started, they may be stymied by a lack of skills.

 

Nearly two-thirds of UK organisations want to use Big Data for competitive advantage, according to a study by IBM and Oxford University’s Said Business School. However, around 70 percent of those polled are at the early stages of introducing the technology – exploring the subject and learning what it is about.

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UNESCO learning analytics policy brief – DRAFT for comment

Simon Buckingham Shum:

 

"The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education publishes Policy Briefs on emerging developments in the field. I have been commissioned to produce a brief on Learning Analytics, and with their permission, am sharing this draft for comment: UNESCOIITE-LearningAnalytics.v4.pdf

If you are willing to send me feedback via comments on this blog post, or email, this would be most welcome!

Does this help you grasp what’s going on in the field?
Do you see major omissions in topics?
Are there some great examples I should be citing?
What do you think about the recommendations?
In short — would you pass this to your senior lead for ICT in Education?
Feedback by 14 Nov please"

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Zu viele Besucher wurden zum Verhängnis (In German)

The Love Parade Disaster.

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

 

Video - Ursache der Loveparade-Katastrophe sei die zu große Besucherdichte gewesen, sagt der Zürcher Soziophysiker Prof. Dirk Helbing.

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FuturICT project - Tudor represents Luxembourg as National hub leader | CRP Henri Tudor

FuturICT project - Tudor represents Luxembourg as National hub leader | CRP Henri Tudor | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
FuturICT FET flagship project’s full proposal has been successfully submitted to European Commission. Tudor represents Luxembourg as National hub leader in the proposal.
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Understanding mobility in a social petri dish : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Understanding mobility in a social petri dish : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
"Understanding mobility in a social petri dish

Michael Szell, Roberta Sinatra, Giovanni Petri, Stefan Thurner & Vito Latora

 

Despite the recent availability of large data sets on human movements, a full understanding of the rules governing motion within social systems is still missing, due to incomplete information on the socio-economic factors and to often limited spatio-temporal resolutions. Here we study an entire society of individuals, the players of an online-game, with complete information on their movements in a network-shaped universe and on their social and economic interactions. Such a “socio-economic laboratory” allows to unveil the intricate interplay of spatial constraints, social and economic factors, and patterns of mobility. We find that the motion of individuals is not only constrained by physical distances, but also strongly shaped by the presence of socio-economic areas. These regions can be recovered perfectly by community detection methods solely based on the measured human dynamics. Moreover, we uncover that long-term memory in the time-order of visited locations is the essential ingredient for modeling the trajectories."

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FuturICT: The Tool That Promises To Predict The Future | Labcoat Life | Learn Science at Scitable

FuturICT: The Tool That Promises To Predict The Future | Labcoat Life | Learn Science at Scitable | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
'If you dropped all the world's data into a black box, could it become a crystal ball that would let you see the future?even test what would happen if you chose A over B?
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Live Streaming: Joseph Stiglitz - Barcelona GSE "Restoring Growth and Stability in a World of Crisis and Contagion"

Live Streaming: Joseph Stiglitz - Barcelona GSE "Restoring Growth and Stability in a World of Crisis and Contagion" | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Live streaming page for Barcelona GSE Lecture by Joseph Stiglitz... November 5

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European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Transport solutions for the future of the economy and environment

European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Transport solutions for the future of the economy and environment | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Traffic congestion is a serious problem. According to a recent study conducted by INRIX Europe, Belgium is the worst country in Europe for congestion, with motorists spending 55 hours a year in traffic jams, followed by Holland (50 hours) and Italy (29 hours). It is estimated that by 2050 the world's roads could see 4 billion vehicles: four times today's figure.

 

How to tackle the problem of traffic congestion was recently discussed at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Conference in Vienna, which was organised by the European Commission. One topic was how to avoid a global gridlock (in response to the news of a traffic jam in China, which lasted 11 days).

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