Italian press: article about TAGora on La Stampa

posted by Ciro Cattuto on March 28, 2007 at 12:43 pm | no comments

An article about TAGora was published today on La Stampa.
The PDF version of the article (Italian only) is available here

TAGora at the DPG conference

posted by Ciro Cattuto on March 24, 2007 at 1:31 am | no comments

Some results of the TAGora project will be reported at the DPG conference in Regensburg (March 26th to 30th, full program available here).

  • Title: Stochastic models for social tagging behavior
    Speaker: Ciro Cattuto
    Session: AKSOE 10.2
    Day, time and location: Wednesday, March 28th, 14:00-14:30, H8

  • Title: Ranking and community detection in unweighted networks
    Speaker: Vito D. P. Servedio
    Session: DY 4.1
    Day, time and location: Monday, March 26th, 12:00-12:15, H3

  • Title: Non-equilibrium phase transitions in negotiation dynamics
    Speaker: Vittorio Loreto
    Session: AKSOE 3.3
    Day, time and location: Monday, March 26th, 15:00-15:30, H8

Vito D. P. Servedio will also present a poster on Investigating community structure in social tagging systems.

Tags on Scientific American and ScienceNOW

posted by Ciro Cattuto on March 14, 2007 at 6:22 pm | no comments

The research reported in the PNAS paper by Ciro Cattuto, Vittorio Loreto and Luciano Pietronero has been recently featured in an interview on Scientific American by Nikhil Swaminathan, and in a piece on ScienceNOW by John Bohannon (subscription required, or PDF here).

International School on Complexity

posted by Vittorio Loreto on March 10, 2007 at 12:47 am | no comments

Statistical physics of social dynamics: opinions, semiotic dynamics and language

Statistical mechanics has proven to be a very fruitful framework to describe phenomena outside the realm of traditional physics. The last years have witnessed the attempt by physicists to study phenomena which heavily rely on human behavior, like the dynamics of financial markets and the emergence of collective organization in social systems.

Social interactions are usually local: every individual interacts with a limited number of its peers, which is negligeable as compared with the total number of people inside a community. In spite of that, human societies are characterized by a number of stunning global regularities. There are remarkable transitions from disorder to order, like the emergence of a common language/culture or the creation of a consensus about a specific topic.

The conference, which is held in the beautiful city of Erice (Italy) from 14 to 19 July 2007, will specifically focus on three major research lines, i.e. opinion dynamics, dynamics in human language and the statistical physics of language dynamics.

For further info:

Deadline for registration: 1st April 2007

TAGora project started on June 1st 2006
Sixth Framework Programme, Information Society Technologies, IST call 5, Contract N. 34721
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