Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.

Disaster, Response, and Recovery

FuturICT: New Science and Technology for a More Resilient and Sustainable Future

Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Sheraton Ballroom IV

Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

The ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project 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 probably constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century and is equally important for the development of novel robust, trustworthy, and adaptive information and communication technologies (ICT), based on socially inspired approaches. Integrating ICT, complexity science, and the social sciences will create 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-socioeconomic systems. In turn, insights from these models will inform the development of a new generation of socially adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.
FuturICT as a whole will act as a knowledge accelerator, turning massive data into knowledge and technological progress. In this way, 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 called the Living Earth Platform. This platform will power crisis observatories, which will detect and mitigate crises, and participatory platforms, which will support the decision-making of policy-makers, managers, and citizens.

Dirk Helbing in the news: Scientific American (Dec 2011).

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