FuturICT FET Flagship

Participatory Computing for Our Complex World

FuturICT Workshop at MIT MEDIA LAB, Boston (USA)


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013


Boston, USA

A FuturICT workshop will be held at the Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in February 2013.

The meeting is organized along with the AAAS meeting (http://www.aaas.org/AM2013) and co-sponsored by the MIT Connection Science and Engineering, a virtual center including MIT Media Lab, CSAIL, and LIDS. 

Additional information:



Sponsors of the Initiatives are:

MIT (Connection Center and Engineering & Mit Media Lab)

ETH Zurich 3. SWISSNEX BOSTON (Swiss Consulate in Boston)

Workshop Organizers:

Anna Carbone (Politecnico di Torino, Italy & ETHZ FuturICT Coordination Team, Switzerland)

Alex `Sandy’ Pentland (MIT Media Lab, USA) CHAIR

Keynote Lectures /Participants:

  • Hideaki  Aoyama   (Kyoto University, Japan) “Japanese Consortium for FuturICT: Members and Research activities."

  • Albert Laszlo Barabasi (Northeastern University, USA) “The Science of Impact”

  • Damon Centola (MIT, USA) “Social Dynamics in Online Experiments:  A New Generation of Research and Policy”

  • Peter S. Dodds (University of Vermont, USA) "Measuring the happiness and health of populations in real time…."    

  • Markus Eisenhauer  (Fraunhofer Institute, Germany) “Enterprise systems in a value-driven Internet of People, Things and Services”

  • Alois  Ferscha  (Johannes Kepler, University Linz, Austria) "Socio-inspired ICT"

  • Glenn Jerome  (Washington D.C.) “The Millenium Project”

  • Shlomo Havlin (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) “The extreme vulnerability of network of networks”

  • Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland & FuturICT Scientific Coordinator) “Global Science and Participatory Computing for our Complex World”

  • Cesar Hidalgo (Harvard University, USA) "The Structure and Dynamics of Cultural Exports"

  • Ramesh Jain (University of California, Irvine) “Towards Intelligent Social Systems”

  • Jeffrey  Johnson (The Open University, UK) "Hypernetworks for multilevel complex systems? "

  • David Lazer (Harvard University, USA) “Challenges and opportunities in predicting political and social event”

  • Jose‘ Fernando Mendez  (University of Aveiro, Portugal) “Avalanche Collapse of Interdependent Networks”

  • Asu Ozdaglar (MIT, USA) “Systemic Risk and Stability in Networks”

  • Dino Pedreschi  (University of Pisa, Italy) "Mining social behavior from big data"

  • Sandy Pentland (MIT, USA) “Reinventing Society in the wake of Big Data”

  • Alexei  Pozdnoukhov (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) "Simple Patterns of Complex Urban Dynamics"

  • H. Eugene Stanley (Boston University, USA) “The Fragility of Interdependency: Coupled Networks & Switching Phenomena”

  • Michael Szell (MIT, USA) “Online games as platforms for measuring socio-economic behavior”

  • Alex Vespignani (Northeastern University, USA) "Modeling and forecast of socio-technical systems in the data-science age"

More information on this workshop can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5azm2lmk31tpr2m/ZOoeyxo_cI

The participation is open and free of charge, however due to limited seating capacity, registration is requested  (by email to anna.carbone@polito.it).

Feel free to forward this email to all your potentially interested collaborators.

Looking very much forward to welcoming you at MIT.

Best regards,

Anna Carbone & Sandy Pentland.

Event Agenda and Information Document

Event Agenda

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