Invited Speakers

This information will be regularly updated until the beginning of the conference.

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Plenary Speakers

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Christoph von der Malsburg
Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg  is Senior Fellow of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. His research interests concern theoretical computational neurobiology, brain theory, self-organizing systems, biological and computer vision, and the cognitive architecture of the brain, that is, the nervous system's physical data and process structure underlying all cognitive phenomena. His work regards the development of functional models of vision processes, including ontogenesis, learning and memory organization.
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS'10: "The Brain as Organizing Entity"
Date and time of the talk: 13 September 2010, 9h30-10h30 Lisbon time (WEST)

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José Fernando Mendes
Dr. José Fernando Mendes is Professor at the University of Aveiro. He is a theoretical physicist working on Statistical Physics. His research, in the last years, focus mainly in the study of the structure and the evolution of complex networks. His last research on networks has numerous applications and is a realization of a general principle: “popularity is attractive”. Some of his recente studies are related with social networks and neural networks.
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS’10: "Structural properties of complex networks"
Date and time of the talk: 13 September 2010, 16h30-17h30 Lisbon time (WEST)

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Didier Sornette
Dr. Didier Sornette is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC), ETH Zurich; Director of the Financial Crisis Observatory; co-founder of the Competence Center for Coping with Crises in Socio-Economic Systems; member of the Swiss Finance Institute; Professor of Physics associated with the Department of Physics (D-PHYS), ETH Zurich; Professor of Geophysics associated with the Department of Earth Sciences (D-ERWD), ETH Zurich. His actual research priorities concern: (1) the Financial Crisis Observatory, a scientific platform aimed at testing and quantifying rigorously, in a systematic way and on a large scale the hypothesis that financial markets exhibit a degree of inefficiency and a potential for predictability, especially during regimes when bubbles develop (http://www.er.ethz.ch/fco/index); (2) the Center for the prediction of social, commercial and marketing success by combining information stemming from the dynamical responses to endogenous versus exogenous shocks of large databases; and (3) prediction of crises and extreme events in complex systems and risk management, with applications to social systems (financial crashes, recessions, cyber risks) and natural systems (earthquakes, rupture, epileptic seizures, immune system collapse).
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS’10: "Parallels Between Earthquake Prediction, Financial Crash Prediction and Epileptic Seizures Predictions" (abstract)
Date and time of the talk: 13 September 2010, 17h30-18h30 Lisbon time (WEST)

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Henri Berestycki
Dr. Henri Berestycki is a research director at EHESS - “École des hautes études en sciences sociales” and Director of Research at the Centre for Mathematical and Social Analysis, EHESS, Paris. His research interests include equation theory and the mathematical models of the financial markets; mathematical models in biology and in ecology; phenomena of invasion and dynamics of population growth; and modelling in social sciences. 
Title of the talk at ECCS’10: "Reaction-diffusion and propagation phenomena: from biological invasions to criminality"
Date and time of the talk: 14 September 2010, 9h00-10h00 Lisbon time (WEST)

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Dirk Helbing
Dr. Dirk Helbing has a Physics and Mathematics background. He was professor at the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology, and in 2007 he was appointed Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zürich. Since 2008, he is elected member of the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina". His research interests reach from traffic science over crowds and disaster management to biologically inspired logistics. Apart from developing information portals to accelerate scientific innovation, he is particularly interested in techno-social systems, which will determine the future of Web2.0. Furthermore, he is the chairman of the newly established ETH Competence Center "Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems", which will develop computer models of crisis scenarios and finally provide decision support for politics and economy. Recently, he has been the main supporter and representative of FuturIcT, a response to the European Flagship call. Dirk Helbing will talk about the FuturIcT Knowledge Accelerator, a previously unseen multidisciplinary international scientific endeavour with focus on techno-socio-economic-environmental systems.
Title of the talk at ECCS’10: "The FuturICT crises relief project: Unleashing the power of information for a sustainable future"
Date and time of the talk: 14 September 2010, 16h30-17h30 Lisbon time (WEST)

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Carlo Ratti
Dr. Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer who runs the firm Carlorattiassociati in Torino, Italy, and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has directed the MIT SENSEable City Lab since 2004. The Lab explores the "real-time city" by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics, and their relationship to the built environment. Carlo has co-authored over 100 scientific publications and holds several patents. His Digital Water Pavilion at the World Expo 2008 was hailed by TIME Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year.’ He was included in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list in 2008 and Blueprint Magazine's List of 25 Who Will Change the World of Design in 2010. He is currently working on a nanotech project that envisions life in 2050 for the Venice Biennale and is opening a research center in Singapore as part of a $35 million MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility.
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS’10: “Senseable Cities: Exploring Urban Futures”
Date and time of the talk: 17 September 2010, 9:00-10:00 Lisbon time (WEST)

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Rosaria Conte
Dr. Rosaria Conte is President of AISC, Italian Association of Cognitive Science, President of ESSA, the European Association of Social Simulation, and head of the LABSS (Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation) at the ISTC (Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology), Rome and University of Siena. She has been teaching Social Psychology in the last 18 years. She is a cognitive and social scientist, with a special interest for the study of positive social action (altruism, cooperation and social norms), and reputation-based social regulation. Quite active in the MAS field, she contributed to launch the field of social simulation in Europe by organising amongst the main events held in the last ten years or so, editing collective volumes and coordinating a EU-funded Special Interest Group on Agent-based Social Simulation. She has coordinated several national and European research projects under the 6th FW.She has published about 140 among scientific articles and books on cognitive social agents, norms representation and reasoning, and agent-based simulation. Her research interests range from Agent Theory to Multi Agent Systems, from Agent-Based Social Simulation and Cultural Evolution to Info-societies and Virtual Markets.
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS’10: "Dynamics of (Il)legality"
Date and time of the talk: 17 September 2010, 14:00-15:00 Lisbon time (WEST)

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João Fiadeiro
João Fiadeiro (1965) belongs to the generation of choreographers that emerged towards the end of the 1980s and who gave rise, in the sequence of the American post-modern movement as well as the movements of the French and Belgian Nouvelle Danse, to the Nova Dança Portuguesa [New Portuguese Dance]. A large part of his formation was carried out between Lisbon, New York and Berlin, after which he joined the Dance Company of Lisbon (86-88) and the Gulbenkian Ballet (89-90). In 1990 he founded RE.AL, a centre for research and artistic residencies, which not only constitutes the basis for the creation and diffusion of his work but also hosts transdisciplinary events and supports emergent artists by organizing laboratories and artistic residencies. He regularly teaches and present is works across Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and South America. In his research he argues for a practice of awareness in an extremely reflexive manner, focusing on decision making in performance. He is also interested to contaminate other areas of research with his thoughts and know-how in order to contribute to a broaden discussion between art, science and society. João Fiadeiro will explain and demonstrate the Real Time Composition Method with the help of some of his co-workers.
Title of the plenary talk at ECCS’10: "Anatomy of a Decision"
Date and time of the talk: 17 September 2010, 15h30-17h00 Lisbon time (WEST)


Track B: Collective Human Behaviour and Society - Section Philosophy of Science

Olga Pombo- University of Lisbon
Title of the talk at Track B: "Models and representations of knowledge organization"
Date and time of the talk: to be announced

John Symons - University of Texas at El Paso
Title of the talk at Track B: "Complexity and Laws of Nature"
Date and time of the talk: to be announced


Satellite Meeting: Emergence, Path dependence and Transitions in Geographical Space

Peter Allen - Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "The Complexity of Structure, Strategy and Decision Making"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 9h00-10h00 GMT

Cyrille Bertelle - Professor in Computer Science, Le Havre University
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Swarm intelligence to model spatial dynamics"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 16h30-17h30 GMT


Satellite Meeting: High Throughput Humanities

Alan Mislove - Northeastern University, USA
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Leveraging online social networks for large-scale population demographics"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 9h15-10h00 GMT

Juyong Park - Seoul National University, Korea
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "The Network of Contemporary Musicians"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 10h30-11h00 GMT

Sebastian Ahnert - University of Cambridge, UK
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Mapping Flavour Space"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 11h00-11h30 GMT

Sang Hoon Lee - Umeå University, Sweden
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Googling Social Interactions: Web Search Engine Based Social Network Construction"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 14h00-14h30 GMT

Alexander Mehler - University of Bielefeld, Germany
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "TBD [Linguistic Networks in Large Datasets]"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 14h30-15h00 GMT

Petter Holme - Umeå University, Sweden
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Networks of Internet mediated prostitution"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 16h30-17h00 GMT

Lev Manovich - UCSD / Calit2, USA
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "TBD [Image Scatter Plots: Art, Mangas, Time, and Science]"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 17h00-17h30 GMT


Satellite Meeting: Modelling the non-separability of a very complex world

James P. Crutchfield - University of California at David, USA
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Causal Decompositions of Spacetime"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 9h10-10h00 GMT

Didier Sornette - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Endogenous versus Exogenous Origins of Crises and Triumphs"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 10h30-11h30 GMT

Michel Bitbol - CNRS, Paris, France
Title of the talk at the satellite meeting: "Contextuality and non-separability in the philosophy of quantum physics"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 14h00-14h30 GMT


Satellite Meeting: Young Researchers Session at ECCS'10

David Chavalarias - Complex Systems Institute Paris Ile-de-France and Center For Research in Applied Epistemology (CREA, Ecole Polytechnique), Team Complex Systems, Adaptive Rationality and Social Cognition
Title of the talk at the Young Researchers Session: "TINA: mapping the science for scholars and decision-makers"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 9h00-10h00 GMT

Vitorino Ramos - LaSEEB - Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Lab., IST, Technical University of Lisbon
Title of the talk at the Young Researchers Session: "Assembling the superset of 4 critical research areas in Complexity: Evolution, Self-Organization, Cognition, Network Topology"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 14h00-15h00 GMT

Anders Lyhne Christensen - Lisbon University Institute
Title of the talk at the Young Researchers Session: "Experiments In Swarm Robotics"
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, 17h15-18h15 GMT


Satellite Meeting: COSI-ICT- science of COmplex Systems for socially Intelligent ICT

Andrew McGettrick - University of Strathclyde and Chair of the Education Board of the ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
Title of the talk at COSI-ICT: TBA [The ACM Computing Curricula]
Date and time of the talk: 15 September 2010, time TBA


Satellite Meeting: [ENTRE] Artistic and Scientific Research: meeting points and bridging lines

João Fiadeiro - choreographer, Atelier Re.Al
Title of the talk at [ENTRE]: TBA [Real Time Composition: Creativity, decision-making and self-organization]
Date and time of the talk: 16 September 2010, time TBA


Satellite Meeting: Graphical models for reasoning on biological systems: computational challenges

Michael Stumpf - Imperial College, London
Title of the talk at the Satellite Meeting: "Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) to Learn the Structure and Dynamics of Complex Systems"
Date and time of the talk: 16 September 2010, 9h15-10h00 GMT

Janine Illian - University of Saint-Andrews
Title of the talk at the Satellite Meeting: "Ecological applications of spatial point process theory - examples of spatial complexity"
Date and time of the talk: 16 September 2010, 14h00-14h45 GMT

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Satellite Meeting: SCIVE’10 - Social Complexity of Informal Value Exchange

Roger Ballard - Director of the Centre for Applied South Asian Studies
Title of the talk at SCIVE’10: "Informal Hawala/Hundi Systems of Value Transfer"
Date and time of the talk: to be announced

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Public Session on Global Problems

Date and time of the panel: 14 September 2010, 17h30-19h30 GMT

Markus Kirkilionis - WMI, University of Warwick
Concept and Introduction

João Caraça - Technical University of Lisbon, Science Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Panel member- theme: Economics

Brian Cartwright - Securities and Exchange Commission of the USA Council
Panel member - theme: Financial Stability

Robert Meyers - Ramtech Limited
Panel member - theme: Technological Change and Sustainability

Jim Hall - Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Panel member - theme: Climate Change