Computational Social Science: Text and Decisions

July 16 - July 23, 2011, Lipari Island, Italy

The recent growth of socially interesting data logs generated by modern media usage could hardly be overlooked by social scientists. However, traditional social scientists’ analytical techniques cannot cope with databases of such large size. The fledging interdisciplinary field of Computational Social Science (CSS) includes automated information extraction as one of its foci. CSS lies at the intersection of social science, computational science, and complexity science. The new Lipari School on Computational Social Science will address this topic through seminar sessions by world-class researchers in the field. The “Text and Decisions” theme of this 2011 edition will focus on text and data mining techniques to support decision processes in the realm of social science.

List of speakers

  • Claudio Cioffi-Revilla
    A Computational Social Science Framework for Text Analysis and Social Media Modeling [abstract].
    Director of the Center for Social Complexity, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, Washington DC.

  • Huan Liu
    Community Detection and Mining in Social Media [abstract]
    School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

  • Roel Popping
    Computer-assisted text analysis, and the relevance of decision making and text mining [abstract]
    Department of Sociology, University of Groningen


  • Marc A. Smith
    Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Maps and Measures with NodeXL [abstract]
    Chief Social Scientist
    Connected Action Consulting Group

  • Calogero Zarba
    Introduction to matrix algebra [abstract]
    Neodata Intelligence s.r.l., Italy

  • Alessandro Pluchino
    Netlogo: An agent based simulation programmable environment [abstract]
    University of Catania, Italy

Guest Speaker

  • Kathleen M. Carley
    Dynamic Network Analysis [abstract]
    Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

School director

  • Prof. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University, USA

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Giovanni Giuffrida,University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Carlo Pennisi, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Alberto Trobia, University of Palermo, Italy