Events at USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Quantification of the High Level of Endogeneity and of Structural Regime Shifts in financial markets. Computational social science lectures

Tuesday 21 of January
12:30, room 253
Lugano Campus

From e-mails to social networks, from credit cards to medical analyses: human actions in today’s world are characterised by data, by digital traces through which it may be possible to draw an extremely detailed profile of our behaviour. This is the field of activity of a new discipline called Computational social science that is growing in importance and that integrates computational with social sciences.

USI, having realised the relevance of this new sector and possessing high-level competencies both in computational and in social sciences, has decided to organise a series of public conferences on this topic. Eight of the worldwide leading experts in the field, who are active at prestigious research centres such as Harvard, Northwestern University, Aalto University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University and ETH Zurich, have been invited to Lugano Campus.

The conferences, coordinated by Prof. Alessandro Lomi of the Faculty of Economics, will continue on Tuesday 21 of January at 12:30, in room 250 of Lugano Campus. Professor Didier Sornette (ETH Zurich) will talk about "Quantification of the High Level of Endogeneity and of Structural Regime Shifts in financial markets". For more information: 

The next conferences, whose exact date and time will be communicated soon, will be dedicated to the following topics:

  1. The Power of Meta-Networks for Rapid Ethnographic Assessment
    Prof. Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University 
  2. The Science of Social Systems, and What Physics Can Contribute
    Prof. Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich 
  3. The Mesh of Civilizations in the Global Network of Interpersonal Communication
    Prof. Michael Macy, Cornell University
  4. Computational models and big data in the study of human social systems
    Dr. Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Harvard Univesity 
  5. The emergence of a computational social science: opportunities and barriers
    Professor David Lazer Northeastern University and  Harvard University
  6. Atypical Combinations in Scientific Impact
    Professor Brian Uzzi Northwestern University

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