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Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective

Location Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
Date 02 - 07 October 2010
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The digital revolution and the advent of the Internet are transforming the way we work and how we spend our free time. These phenomena are also changing how we communicate with each other and the way in which we establish and maintain our social relations.

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The relationship between Internet and society is complex and bidirectional, leading to a co-evolution of the two systems. In fact, the Internet exists because humans need networking and the Internet evolution is ultimately driven by our ever-increasing use of it.

The complexity of the current Internet structure and its future developments cannot be understood without taking a full multi-disciplinary approach. Such an approach must necessarily be based on the science of complex systems, and in particular complex network theory. It must also depend on social sciences and humanities to elucidate the underpinnings of the Internet at a societal and economic level.

This conference brought together experts in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), social scientists, as well as experts in the area of complex systems They assessed the state-of-the-art, identify new trends and envision future developments in the intertwined domains of future Internet and society.
Topics that were covered in the conference included:

  • Internet topology and modelling
  • Complex techno-social networks
  • Modelling of collective social behaviour
  • Social and human dynamics
  • Spreading and epidemics in techno-social systems
  • Virtual social systems
  • Co-evolution of Internet and society
  • Internet as a socio-economical system
  • Mobile social networks
  • Internet enabled applications and business
  • Future Internet as a techno-social system

For more information please visit the ESF Research Conferences website.

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Applications closed on 9 June 2010. Should you have missed the deadline, please contact the conference officer and inquire about the procedure to attend the event.

Chaired by

Romualdo Pastor-Satorras
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear (FIB), ES

Claudio Castellano
CNR-ISC (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi) and Dipartimento di Fisica, "Sapienza" Universita' di Roma, IT

Programme Committee

Thibaut Lery - European Science Foundation, FR

Gian Mario Maggio - CREATE-NET, BE

Alain Peyraube - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris), FR

Peter Richmond - Trinity College Dublin, School of Physics, IE

Fabrizio Sestini - European Commission, DG INFSO, BE

Caroline Whelan, COST Office, BE

Scientific Committee

Loretta Anania - European Commission, BE

Giovanni Colombo - Information Society and Technology Advisory Group (ISTAG), IT

Juan Carlos De Martin - Politecnico di Torino, IT

Jose Fernandez-Villacanas - European Commission, BE

Dirk Helbing - ETH Zurich, CH

Luciano Lenzini - University of Pisa, IT

Vittorio Loreto - University of Rome "La Sapienza", IT

Felix Reed-Tsochas - CABDyN Complexity Centre, UK

Maxi San Miguel - Inst. for Cross-Disciplinary Physics & Complex Systems, ES

Contact Information

Antje Teegler
Conference Officer
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
B-1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 3857
Fax +32 2 538 8486


Hotel Villa del Mare

85041 Acquafredda di Maratea

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