Computational Social Science: Big Data

July 20 - July 27, 2013, Lipari Island, Italy

The Social Sciences are undergoing deep changes in terms of research style, data availability, underlying knowledge, and methods. Today, the availability of social ''big data'' cannot be overlooked by social scientists. Big data utilization and management will be an integral part of the future of Computational Social Science. The 2013 edition of the Lipari Summer School on Computational Social Science will bring together world-class experts in the fields of quantitative social science and big data analysis to provide a lecture and workshop series to an interdisciplinary international audience. The goal of the 2013 edition is to expose social science researchers to tools and methods for analyzing big datasets of socially relevant information.

List of speakers

  • Paolo Ferragina
    Beyond the Bag-Of-Words Paradigm [abstract]
    University of Pisa, Italy

  • Jianbo Gao and Claudio Cioffi-Revilla
    Massive media event data analysis to assess world-wide political conflict and instability [abstract]
    University of Florida, USA and George Mason University, USA

  • Kalev H. Leetaru
    Using “Big Data” To Understand the World Around Us: Towards Realtime Modeling, Monitoring, and Forecasting Global Society [abstract]
    University of Illinois, USA

  • Andrew Tomkins
    Algorithms and approaches to understanding large-scale social data [abstract]
    Google Research, USA


  • Davide Bennato
    Using social media data for social science research [abstract]
    University of Catania - Department of Humanistic Science, Italy

  • Damiano Carra, University of Verona, Italy
    Rosalba Giugno, University of Catania, Italy
    Calogero Zarba, Neodata Group, Italy
    Non relational data management for big data management [abstract]

  • Alfredo Pulvirenti
    Tools and techniques for data mining [abstract]
    University of Catania - Department of Clinical and Molecular Biomedicine, Italy

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
  • Prof. Rosalba Giugno, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Alfredo Pulvirenti, University of Catania, Italy