FuturICT: FET Flagship Pilot Project

Procedia Computer Science, 2011

5 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2011 Last revised: 1 Aug 2011

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Steven Bishop

University College London

Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Paul Lukowicz

University of Passau

Rosaria Conte

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC)

Date Written: July 26, 2011

Abstract

The ultimate goal of the FuturICT Flagship is to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century. Integrating the three components of ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences will lead to a paradigm shift, facilitating a symbiotic co-evolution of ICT and society. Data from our complex globe-spanning ICT system will be leveraged to develop models of techno-socio- economic systems. In turn, insight from these models will inform the development of a new generation of socially adaptive, self-organised ICT systems.

FuturICT as a whole will act as a Knowledge Accelerator, turning massive data into knowledge and technological progress. FuturICT will create the scientific methods and ICT platforms needed to address planetary-scale challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Specifically, FuturICT will build a sophisticated simulation, visualization and participation platform, known as the Living Earth Simulator. This platform will power Observatories, to detect and mitigate crises, and Participatory Platforms, to support decision-making for policy-makers and citizens.

In the Coordination Action Pilot Study which is running from May 2011-April 2012, activities will take place to develop the scientific vision and roadmap, secure stakeholder commitment, establish the FuturICT legal and operational infrastructure, and build on our remarkable success in uniting previously fragmented research communities. The main aim of the activities throughout the project will be to refine the FuturICT vision and identify measureable milestones along the way. This will produce an ambitious large-scale, science-driven, visionary research initiative to promote and develop future research outcomes in ICT. Through these activities, the Coordination Action will allow Europe to grasp this unique opportunity for groundbreaking progress in science and ICT, with great impacts for society, governance and industry by launching the FuturICT Flagship in 2013.

Suggested Citation

Bishop, Steven and Helbing, Dirk and Lukowicz, Paul and Conte, Rosaria, FuturICT: FET Flagship Pilot Project (July 26, 2011). Procedia Computer Science, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1895523

Steven Bishop (Contact Author)

University College London ( email )

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Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Zurich, 8092
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.coss.ethz.ch

Paul Lukowicz

University of Passau ( email )

Innstrasse 27
Passau, 94032
Germany

Rosaria Conte

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) ( email )

Via Palestro, 32
Rome, RM 00185
Italy

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