"Modeling and forecast of socio-technical systems in the data-science age"
"Modeling and forecast of socio-technical systems in the data-science age", Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University
The School of Informatics and Computing Colloquium Series
Speaker: Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University
Where: IMU Georgian Room
Topic: Modeling and forecast of socio-technical systems in the data-science age
Abstract: The big data revolution and the ever increasing computational power are providing the necessary data, numerical experiments and validation tests which are finally adding an "applied" dimension to complex networks and systems science. Data-driven computational models are finally providing a quantitative understanding of the emerging tipping points and nonlinear properties that often underpin the most interesting characteristics of human collective behavior and networks. These models are at the center of data gathering and computational modeling infrastructures that offer predictive analytic tools for processes as diverse as epidemic outbreaks, information spreading, knowledge diffusion, and Internet packet routing. The field of complexity science has thus entered a new stage of its life in which applications and quantitative results allow us to deal with problems which have a huge impact on our lives such as pandemic emergencies, traffic congestion, systemic risks, and the emergence of social collective behavior.
Here I review some of the recent progress toward the developing of infrastructures for the analysis and forecast of socio-technical systems that integrates the complex features and heterogeneities of real-world systems.
Biography: Alessandro Vespignani is currently Sternberg University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, where he leads the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems. He is fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the Academy of Europe, and fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University. He is also serving in the board/leadership of several international scientific journals and the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation. He is president elected of the Complex Systems Society. Vespignani is focusing his research activity in modeling diffusion phenomena in complex systems, including data-driven computational approaches to infectious diseases spread.
- Tuesday April 30, 2013 03:00 PM
- Tuesday April 30, 2013 04:00 PM
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