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CIMPLEX

 

We propose visionary research to develop modeling, computational, and ICT tools needed to predict and influence disease spread and other contagion phenomena in complex social systems. To achieve non-incremental advances we will combine large scale, realistic, data-driven models with participatory data-collection and advanced methods for Big Data analysis. 

 

 

 

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CONSENSUS

Description: Every real-world planning problem, especially in governance and policy-making, possesses several objectives that are typically subject to inherent conflicts with underlying tradeoffs to be discovered. Policy makers are in need of proper tools that will utilize an overall analytical process, that is, assist in modelling the real-world planning process, automatically obtain the best attainable tradeoffs, and facilitate efficient exploration in order to reach a final decision on which policy to implement.

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CRISIS

CRISIS (Complexity Research Initiative for Systemic Instabilities) is a 3-year project, funded under the FP7-ICT theme. It is a consortium of researchers from 11 leading European academic and private sector institutions, supported by an advisory board of senior current and former policymakers and financiers.

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EMERGENCE BY DESIGN

The overriding imperative for our society is continued economic growth and the engine of this growth is innovation. But an increasing frequency and scale of crises urge us to pose the question: is “the innovation society” sustainable? Innovation is almost exclusively driven by market values while societal values don’t even play the right game to enter the match. To make matters even worse, regardless of what drives innovation, the fundamental directions of societal evolution are strongly locked-in by feedback relations.

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E.U.N.O.I.A

Urban transport is essential for citizens to perform their daily activities, but it also constitutes a major source of pollution. The goal of EUNOIA is to take advantage of smart city technologies and complex systems science to develop new models and tools empowering city governments and their citizens to design sustainable mobility policies.EUNOIA pursues advances in three complementary directions:

  1. Use of data. The massive penetration of ICT is modifying social relationships and travel behaviour, and at the same time is providing us with a huge amount of heterogeneous data: intelligent transport systems, Internet social networks, mobile phone call logs, e-transactions. EUNOIA investigates ...

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EU Community

 

EU Community goes beyond current generation of policy modelling and argumentation tools. It provides decision makers with better policy options by combining social media interactions, qualified contributors, document curation, visual analysis plus online and offline trust-building tools. The results will be open source platforms, and the data itself will be open to re-use by other apps developers...
 

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EveryAware

There is now overwhelming evidence that the current organisation of our economies and societies is seriously damaging biological ecosystems and human living conditions in the very short term, with potentially catastrophic effects in the long term. The enforcement of novel policies may be triggered by a grassroot approach, with a key contribution from information and communication technologies (ICT)...

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Forecasting Financial Crisis (FOC)

The goal of FOC is to better understand systemic risk and global financial instabilities by means of a novel, integrated and network-oriented approach. FOC has delivered several models of financial networks and indicators of systemic importance such as DebtRank. Some of these models and algorithm are being developed in collaborations with central...

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G.L.O.D.E.R.S

The GLODERS research project is directed towards development of an ICT model for understanding a specific aspect of the dynamics of the global financial system:Extortion Racket Systems (ERSs). ERSs, of which the Mafia is but one example, are spreading globally from a small number of seed locations, causing massive disruption to economies. Yet there is no good understanding of their dynamics and thus how they may be countered. ERSs are not only powerful criminal organizations, operating at several hierarchical levels, but also prosperous economic enterprises and highly dynamic systems, likely to reinvest in new markets.  If stakeholders - legislators and law enforcers - are to be successful in attacking ERSs, they need the much better...

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GRACeFUL

Our research pursues laying a base for domain-specific languages aimed at building scalable “rapid assessment tools” for collective policy making in global systems. It involves several different disciplines. At the top policy-modelling level, we adopt and adapt the social discipline of Group Model Building, well-known from business dynamics. This process is backed by visual forms of Constraint Programming and flavoured with gamification aspects. At the host-language level, we work on combining CP and FP. In this context, specific work is being done on domain-specific constraints, constraint composition, and composable solvers and heuristics.

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GROWTHCOM

In the wake of the financial crisis one of the major challenges faced by policymakers in Europe and around the world is re-kindling economic growth and innovation.  Recent research portrays economic growth as a process of evolution of ecosystems of technologies and industrial capabilities.  This research has also shown a strong relationship between the development of the complexity of economies in a globalized market and overall output growth. ICT based tools, in particular complex systems analysis, simulation, systems science methods, and big data capabilities offer policymakers new opportunities to empirically map technology...

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I.N.S.I.G.H.T

Cities embody the twofold challenge currently facing the European Union: how to improve competitiveness while achieving social cohesion and environmental sustainability. They are fertile ground for science and technology, innovation and cultural activity, but also places where problems such as environmental pollution, unemployment, segregation and poverty are concentrated. INSIGHT aims to investigate how ICT, with particular focus on data science and complexity theory, can help European cities formulate and evaluate policies to stimulate a balanced economic recovery and a sustainable urban development...

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NESS

NESS stands for Non-Equilibrium Social Science. The aim of this new scientific community is to ensure that the social sciences are put on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus of the community is economics, where the equilibrium approach (though dominant) struggles to capture the economic realities we observe in the world today...

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Policy Compass

The main goal of Policy Compass is to develop a research prototype of an easy-to-use, highly visual and intuitive tool for social networks and eParticipation platforms, enabling citizens and public officials to easily create, apply, share, embed, annotate and discuss causal models, charts and graphs of historical data from trusted open data sources. The aim is to develop methods and tools that facilitate more factual, evidence-based, transparent and accountable policy evaluation and analysis...

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SENSE4US

Making and implementing policy at any governmental level is a difficult task. Policy-makers and specialists must rely on readily available public information sources that rely on historic, rather than current data. Moreover, they lack the resources and methodology to be able to access current data and take the views of the citizens into consideration when forming policies. Sense4us project will cover this need for tools and techniques and will create a toolkit that will support information gathering, analyzing and policy modelling in real time. The package of utilities will be based on cutting-edge research.

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SIMPOL

In SIMPOL, network science, big data and ICT’s meet economics and financial regulation. Our vision is that only a truly interdisciplinary approach will lead to the fundamental advances in modelling financial and climate policies that our society needs today. On the one hand, we will develop new methods to assess the systemic importance of market players in complex (climate) financial networks and investigate which regulations could help to ignite a transition towards a greener economy and a more sustainable financial system...

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SYMPHONY

Over the last few years, the greatest concern of the global political agenda has been to find a way to overcome the crisis and therefore to look for effective policy instruments and even for new theoretical economic frameworks. Some effort has been made in order to respond to this concern, but we still miss adequate tools for exploring and governing the complex global dynamics of our economic and social system. On the top of the urgency to find...

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