MIT – FBK alliance on Human Dynamics Observatories

How can we create organizations and governments that are cooperative, productive, and creative? These are the questions of social physics, and they are especially important right now, because of global competition, environmental challenges, and government failure. The engine that drives social physics is big data: the newly ubiquitous digital data that is becoming available about all aspects of human life. By using these data to build a predictive, computational theory of human behavior we can hope to engineer better social systems.
MIT Connection Science and Fondazione Bruno Kessler are launching an alliance and a joint research program to improve companies, cities and societies through a deep understanding of human behaviors and targeted interventions that leverage human connections.
Tuesday, 20 september

Inaugural Event for FBK-MIT Alliance
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
“Luigi Stringa” Conference hall
Povo, September 20th, 20168.30
Francesco Profumo, FBK President
Paolo Traverso, Director Center for information and Communication Technologies

Alex Pentland, Director MIT Media Lab

Invited keynote speaker.
Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland helped to create and direct the Media Lab, where he directs the Human Dynamics research group and leads the Connection Science initiative. One of the most-cited scientists in the world, Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, and a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance, and the Institute for Data-Driven Design. Pentland and his students pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are Social Physics (Penguin Press, 2014. Publish in Italian by EGEA) and Honest Signals (MIT Press, 2008). He received his BS in computer science from the University of Michigan, and his PhD in computer science, psychology, and AI from MIT. Pentland is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a leader within the World Economic Forum, and has received numerous awards and prizes including the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

Coffee break

Panel on data-driven health:
By combining fine-grained, ubiquitous monitoring of human behavior with standard medical data and genomic data, we are taking the first steps towards an holistic understanding of diseases processes. In this panel, experts on predictive medicine, epidemic modeling and computational health will discuss the impact of the data revolution for physical and mental health, the business impact on healthcare systems and insurance companies, and the privacy and ethical issues raised by managing health personal data.

Ciro Cattuto, Scientific Director of the Istituto per l’Interscambio Scientifico
Cesare Furlanello, Head of Complex Data Analytics at FBK
Andrea Cavalli, Istituto italiano di tecnologia and Human Technopole
Andrea Pezzi, Innovation Director dept. Unipol
Nicola Segata, CIBIO
Panel on data-driven finance
Thought leaders from academia, bank industry, innovative fintech startups will discuss new data sources (e.g. social media, mobile phone data) for credit scoring of small-medium enterprises and underbanked individuals, the rise of digital currencies (Bitcoin, Sardex, etc.), and the potential of the technology underpinning digital currency – commonly called “the blockchain” – in
revolutionising finance.

Raffaele Mauro, Endeavor Italia
Cristiano Motto, Head of Technology Management at Barclays Europe
Dino Pedreschi, Università di Pisa
Espen Beer Prydz, World Bank15.30
Coffee break

Panel on data-driven cities and government Cities are essential crucibles for innovation, tolerance, novelty, and economic prosperity, but they also face challenges in terms of, for example, traffic, pollution, poverty, and criminality. In this panel, experts will discuss data-driven approaches to model human mobility, to predict crime and poverty levels of urban areas, and to design evidence-based policies to fight crime, reduce traffic and build liveable, sustainable and resilient cities.

Daniele Quercia, Head of Social Dynamics group at Bell School Of Cambridge
Francesco Calabrese, Vodafone Italia
Fosca Giannotti, C.N.R.
Emmanuel Letouze, Director Data-pop Alliance

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