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Lipari Summer School on Computational Social Science

The Lipari 2014 Summer School will examine the intersection between parameters that define a city as smart and the enabling technology that guarantees proper planning and implementation. Apply by April 30.

Complex Social Systems
Modeling Spatio-Temporal Reasoning in Complex Social Systems

July 20 - July 26, 2014,
Lipari Island, Italy
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

"Smart city" projects are a strategic opportunity for reorganizing local governance. A smart city is a complex adaptive system (CAS) from a computational social science perspective. Smart cities promise a considerable rate of innovation that will benefit urban populations, making them more accessible in spatio-temporal terms, and increase efficiency and rationalization in the management of environmental and energy resources. Furthermore, they will promote new ICT competences. For this reason, technological innovation should be calibrated to these potential scenarios and properly planned so that it enables greater social equity and access.

Many "smart city" projects aim to demonstrate the valuable contribution of ICTs. However, significant diversity among urban systems make it clear that the interaction among urban attributes and processes that define a city as “smart” (smart economy, smart mobility, smart environment, smart people, smart living, smart governance) cannot overlook new government decisions and policies.

In fact, technologies that support each of the smart parameters must solve key challenges related to their effective usability, sustainability, and impact. There is therefore a need for including technological development and experimentation within governance cycles that are internal to each parametric domain (economy, mobility, environment) as well as externally connected to the overall government of the socio-territorial, economic, and technological dynamics that are active in every area.

The Lipari 2014 School on Computational Social Science will examine the intersection between parameters that define a city as smart and the enabling technology that guarantees proper planning and implementation. World-renowned speakers will provide presentations on smart cities focusing on both salient social issues and the emerging technologies.

  • Andrew Crooks, George Mason University, USA
  • Prabhakar Raghavan, VP of Strategic Technologies, Google Research, USA
  • Carlo Ratti, MIT, USA
  • Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University, USA
  • Paolo Ferragina, University of Pisa, Italy

Deadline for application is April 30, 2014 (admission notification will start on April 1st according to registration time). Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae and specify two professors whom letters of recommendation will be asked to, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified about admission by May 8, 2014.

The following new textbook is highly recommended for this course:

C. Cioffi-Revilla, Introduction to Computational Social Science: Principles and Applications (Springer, 2014), available through various websites (Springer, Amazon, etc.)

The official language is English.

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