Algorithms, Data, and Models for Social and Urban Systems

July 26-August 1, 2015, Lipari Island, Italy
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We still have a couple of more seats available!!
Deadline EXTENDED: July 10, 2015

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.

This year we offer up to 3 fellowships from our sponsor Google to cover the tuition fee of the School. Applications for fellowhips will be considered based on their scientific CV and on enrollment time. The decision will be communicated during the school itself. To be considered for the selection please contact our school organizer by email.

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List of speakers

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

  • Alessandro Mei
    Security and Privacy in Social and Urban Systems [abstract]
    Computer Science, Sapienza University, Rome-Italy

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

Special Guest Speakers

  • Claudio Cioffi Revilla
    What is Computational Social Science? [abstract]
    George Mason University (USA)

  • Paolo Ferragina
    Algorithmic techniques for Big Data [abstract]
    University of Pisa, Italy

  • Wulf Daseking
    University of Freiburg, Dipl. Ing. Architect, Former Chief Planning Officer for the City of Freiburg

  • Daniele Quercia
    Urban Informatics [abstract]
    Yahoo Research


  • Davide Bennato
    Computational and socio-computational approach in conflict. The case of “Mafia Capitale” [abstract]
    University of Catania, Italy


Students session

Students are expected to give a quick overview of their research work status during the Wednesday afternoon Students Session. This will be an excellent opportunity for all students to get a feedback about their research from the speakers as all of them will be attending such session. Furthermore, candidacy for Google fellowship will be also based on such a presentation. Presentations are expected to be no more than 5 minutes and have to be articulated over three slides as follows:
  • Who am I, affiliation and what is my main reserch problem.
  • Current status of my research
  • Future direction


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 July 10th, 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