Smart Cities

July 27 - August 2, 2014, Lipari Island

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The Jacob T. Schwartz International School for Scientific Research in 2010 opened a new set of summer schools on Computational Complex Systems

The 2014 edition addresses Ph.D. students, junior and senior researchers to the forefront of research activity on data mining and computational models for the analysis, modeling and understanding smart cities. Recognized authorities in the field will give formal lectures tailoring these for an interdisciplinary audience. Participants will also have the opportunity to present the results of their research during a short communication session. As a whole, the planned summer school will allow participants to be exposed to cutting edge results in one of the most challenging research area, while at the same time enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of one of the most beautiful italian islands.


  • Luis Bettencourt
    The Kind of Problem a City is. Quantitative Theory of City Size. The Individual in the City, Statistics and Growth
    Santa Fe Institute, USA

  • Alexei Pozdnoukhov
    UC Berkeley, USA

  • Michael Batty
    Representing and simulating cities
    The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UK

Guest Speakers

  • Dirk Helbing
    Self-Organization and Self-Optimization of Traffic Flows on Freeways and in Urban Networks
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • Vito Latora
    The growth of cities and neural networks
    Queen Mary University of London, UK and Università di Catania INFN, IT

Special Guest Speaker

  • Francesco Profumo
    Chairman of the Smart City Observatory ANCI
    IREN Group President, ESCP Europe Torino Campus President, Chairman of the Smart City Observatory ANCI , Italy

School Directors

  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)
  • Prof. Andrea Rapisarda (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Santo Fortunato (Aalto University)

  • Dr. Rosalba Giugno (co-director, University of Catania)
  • Dr. Alessandro Pluchino (co-director, University of Catania)
  • Dr. Alfredo Pulvirenti (co-director, University of Catania)

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro -- Lipari School secretary
Universita' degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071
Fax: +39 095 7337032 / +39 095 330094