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N. 6 - 30 mar 2011
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Socio-economico

FuturIct: a knowledge accelerator  

Within the FuturIct project, Cnr, as partner of the coordination action and of the emerging national community, has just organized in Rome a preliminary meeting in order to build up a network of national scientific communities to implement the different steps of the plan.

Futurlct is a consortium targeting the European Commission's Future Emerging Technologies Flagship Programme, which intend to focus one billion euros in funding over ten years to further research initiatives of exceptional scope. Its goal is to understand human societies and their interaction within and across the multiple entangled layers of the Earth's social, economic and environmental systems through the application of revolutionary advances in data gathering and processing technologies, and to give to individuals, organizations and governments access to expert knowledge supporting their decisions and policies.

Participants include more than two hundred teams of scientists from over eighty renowned universities and institutions throughout Europe, with collaborations all over the world. It aims to combine the best expertise across all scientific disciplines - from computer science, physics, mathematics, environmental science and economics through psychology, ecology, anthropology and sociology.

Futurlct will utilize supercomputing facilities, networked systems and laboratories, creating a new kind of data-rich social science, on which intelligent future policies can be based. It will build crisis observatories running massive data mining and scenario analyses for the advance detection of possible future crises, such as crashes in financial or housing markets, critical resource shortages in oil, water, or rare minerals, but also impending conflicts, the spread of diseases or harmful environmental changes. The project will act as a knowledge accelerator speeding up research, development and the creation of new business opportunities.

 

 

Fonte: Rosaria Conte, Istituto di scienze e tecnologie della cognizione, Roma, tel. 06/49936428, email rosaria.conte@istc.cnr.it

Per saperne di più: - www.futurict.ethz.ch/data/flyer/FuturICT-Flyer-for-print.pdf