Algorithms, Data, and Models for Social and Urban Systems

July 26-August 1, 2015, Lipari Island, Italy

Social and urban systems have been the focus of social science theory and research for centuries, but only until recently have computational approaches enabled novel explorations of challenging and enduring research questions and the opening of new frontiers for investigation. What is the role of Computational Social Science in advancing the science of social and urban systems? Which advanced algorithms and data structures play a key role in these investigations? In 2015 our Lipari Summer School in CSS will address questions such as the role of GIS (geographic/geospatial information systems), social media, big social data, agent-based models, network models, and their integration in the study, design, and implementation of social and urban systems. Students are encouraged to apply early because enrollment is competitive and limited.
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List of speakers

  • Andrew Crooks
    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling
    George Mason University, USA

  • Alexei Pozdnukhov
    Location-Based Social Networks
    Berkeley, USA

  • Carlo Ratti
    Senseable Cities
    Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, and Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati, USA, Italy

Special Guest Speakers

  • Paolo Ferragina
    University of Pisa, Italy

  • Wulf Daseking
    Univerity of Freiburg, DE


Participants will be arranged in a comfortable hotel at very special rates. The conference room 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 courseworks 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. According to our university rules 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 fee is 470 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social event. Late registration is 570 Euros.

Deadline for application is May 31, 2015 (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 June 1, 2015.

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.

School directors

  • Prof. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University, USA
  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof.Paolo Ferragina, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Prof. Giovanni Giuffrida,University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Carlo Pennisi, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Alberto Trobia, University of Palermo, Italy

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Prof. Giovanni Giuffrida