24 February 2020 - 25 February 2020
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Big Data and Systems Analysis

The Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA) exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research. IIASA is organizing a joint IIASA-CODATA workshop on Big Data and Systems Analysis to continue investigating the possibilities and potential benefits of strengthening this collaboration.

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In particular, this workshop will include sessions of CODATA’s Task Group on Advanced mathematical tools for data-driven applied systems analysis, whose objective is to develop an advanced mathematical toolkit for the wide spectrum of applied systems analysis problems that can be expected in the near future with the growth of the global digital economy. Speakers of these sessions will present their thoughts and research results on a broad spectrum of topics from the vulnerability of large-scale digitized socio-technological systems and the impact of robotization to methodological advances in data science.  

The workshop will also include a presentation on the best modern practices of data management in science from CODATA followed by a discussion. This part of the workshop aims to contribute to the IIASA endeavor to arrange a more systematic way of managing our data and models.

Interested researchers are invited to submit articles to a volume in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series entitled Advanced Mathematical Tools for Data-Driven Applied Systems Analysis to Assess Vulnerability of Digitized Socio-Technological Systems co-edited by Professor Igor Sheremet and Professor Fred Roberts.  

The volume is intended to feature articles contributing to the following themes:  

  1. Big Data and FAIR Data, and related theoretical and practical issues;
  2. Sustainability and vulnerability of large-scale socio-technological systems and critical infrastructures to the destructive impacts of various kinds;
  3. Robotization, Internet of Things, and Industrial Internet of Things and their impact on the economic and social development of mankind.

There are no formal requirements to the article length or other parameters.  

Questions, expressions of interest, and submissions should be addressed to the volume co-editors:   

Professor Fred Roberts, Director of Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), Emeritus and Interim Director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University:

Professor Igor Sheremet, Deputy Director for Science of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences:

Confirmed speakers and talks titles 

  • John Broome, Treasurer, CODATA; Data Policy and Strategy Expert, Canada. CODATA: Leading the advancement of open science through FAIR data.
  • Tatiana Ermolieva, Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management Program, IIASA, Austria. Non-smooth stochastic optimization, quantile-based performance function and iterative stochastic quasigradient procedure for robust machine learning and decision making: application for robust distributed models’ linkage and stochastic crop yield generator.
  • Steffen Fritz, Acting Program Director and Head of Center for Earth Observation & Citizen Science (EOCS), Ecosystems Services and Management Program, IIASA, Austria. Monitoring SDGs using non-traditional datasets.
  • Alexei Gvishiani, Chief Scientist and Chair of the Scientific Council, Geophysical Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia. Big data, FAIR data and open data for systems analysis.
  • Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA. Good practice for FAIR data stewardship and Vision and objectives of the Decadal Programme.
  • Daniel Huppmann, Research Scholar, Energy Program, IIASA, Austria. IIASA as a data hub for the energy systems and integrated assessment communities.
  • Mubbasir Kapadia, Director, Intelligent Visual Interfaces Lab, Computer Science Department, Rutgers University, USA. Intelligent human-aware building management and design.
  • Nadejda Komendantova, Research Scholar, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, and Love Ekenberg, Senior Research Scholar, Risk and Resilience Program, IIASA, Austria. Towards compromise oriented policy solutions: application of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis in energy transition and media policy.
  • Konstantin Mischaikow, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, USA. Data, nonlinear dynamics, and algebraic topology.
  • Barend Mons, President, CODATA; Professor, Human Genetics Department, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands. The Internet of FAIR digital objects.
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Emeritus Research Scholar, Transition to New Technologies Program, IIASA, Austria; Director, The World in 2050 (TWI2050). Digital revolution - a major transformation toward the world in 2050 (TWI2050).
  • Fred Roberts, Director Emeritus and Special Advisor, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University, USA. Resilience in complex linked systems in the digital age.
  • Igor Sheremet, Deputy Director for Science, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russia. Multigrammatical framework for systems assessment and optimization.


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