• From swarm intelligence to digital democracy: new tools for a complex society

    July 19-25, 2018

  • From swarm intelligence to digital democracy: new tools for a complex society

    July 19-25, 2018

  • From swarm intelligence to digital democracy: new tools for a complex society

    July 19-25, 2018

Aim and scope:
This summer school will provide opportunities to collect experience with modern data analysis, in particular Big Data analytics. This includes subjects to mine data in the Internet of Things. Our main and special guest speakers, who are recognized authorities in this field, will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, computational models and practical results.


Closing lecture and Panel


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The official language is English.

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Travel and accomodation

Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (very close to the same hotels) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).


Two kinds of participants are welcome.

Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. Passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program.

Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.

Registration fees is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €. 
Early registration applications can be submitted from November 27th, 2017 up to  April 20th, 2018. Late registrations will be accepted until August 30th, 2018. Admission notification will start on January 31st, 2018, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae or an updated link to an official website.  In case of cancellation after fees payments, a 25% penalty will be applied. Payment must be received by April 30th, 2018 for Regular Registration and June 29th, 2018 for Late Registration.

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Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)
Dirk Helbing (ETH, Zurich)
Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (George Mason University, USA)

Steering Committee

Paolo Ferragina (University of Pisa, Italy)
Fosca Giannotti (CNR Pisa, Italy)
Giovanni Giuffrida (University of Catania, Italy)
Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, Italy)
Vittorio Loreto (University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy)
Sergio Palazzo (University of Catania, Italy)
Dino Pedreschi (University of Pisa,Italy)
Carlo Pennisi (University of Catania, Italy)
Alessandro Pluchino (University of Catania, Italy)
Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
Andrea Rapisarda (University of Catania, Italy)
Carlo Ratti (MIT, Boston, USA)

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Università di Catania
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia
Università di Verona

Neodata Group