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29.05.2017 | Awards , COSS , COSS Professorship

Caleb Koch won the CSF Award for best presentation

The contribution "Groundwater usage: Game theory and empirics" by Caleb Koch won the CSF award for best presentation. Read more 

24.05.2017 | COSS , Conferences and Workshops

International Workshop on Data-driven Self-regulating Systems

The 3rd International Workshop on Data-driven Self-regulating Systems (DSS 2017) will be held along with the 11th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO). SASO is part of the Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*). Read more 

05.04.2017 | COSS Professorship , Job Openings

Student Assistant Position: Web Development

We are looking for two student assistants who would support us in web development.  Read more 



Evangelos Pournaras will give a talk on "Making sharing economies more sustainable"

On 02.09.2017 Dr. Evangelos Pournaras will give a talk on "Making sharing economies more sustainable" at Scientifica. Read more 


Evangelos Pournaras will give a talk on Democratization in IoT

On Thursday, July 20 at 19:00, Evangelos Pournaras will give a talk on Engineering Democratization in Internet of Things Data Analytics. The talk will be held at the Toni-Areal in Zurich. Read more 


Caleb Koch and Heinrich Nax hold a discussion on the dynamics of shared resource usage in Nebraska (USA) on 11.07.2017

COSS team members Caleb M. Koch and Heinrich H. Nax will be holding a public discussion on common-pool resource usage, hosted by the Upper Big Blue (UBB) District in York, Nebraska. The presentation will begin with their research on groundwater-usage behaviour in the UBB area, followed by a panel discussion on the questions and implications the research raises regarding appropriate public responses to depleting groundwater levels.The discussion will be held on July 11th from 19:30–20:30. Read more 

Selected publications

Richard P. Mann and Dirk Helbing (2017) Optimal incentives for collective intelligenceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS).

Stefano Balietti, Robert L. Goldstone, and Dirk Helbing (2016). Peer review and competition in the Art Exhibition Game. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 201603723.

Dirk Helbing and Evangelos Pournaras. (2015). Build Digital Democracy. Nature 527: 33-34.

Heinrich H. Nax, Matjaž Perc, Attila Szolnoki and Dirk Helbing. (2015). Stability of cooperation under image scoring in group interactions. Scientific Reports 5: 12145.

Lucas Böttcher, Olivia Woolley-Meza, Nuno A.M. Araujo, Hans J. Herrmann and Dirk Helbing. (2015). Disease-Induced Resource Constraints Can Trigger Explosive Pandemics Scientific Reports 5: 16571

Media Responses


Der Tagesspiegel: Technology can lead us into a golden future

Professor Dirk Helbing wrote an essay for the German daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel where he explains that technology and digital advances have made the chance for a brighter future within our reach, and elaborates on how we can seize this great opportunity.   Read more 


20 Minuten: This is how the Swiss live in 2047

Professor Dirk Helbing gives his take on what the future might look like in an article by the Swiss daily newspaper 20 Minuten . Read more 


Nature Physics: Minority report

The scientific journal Nature Physics reported on the recent paper by Richard Mann and Dirk Helbing on incentivizing collective intelligence by favouring minority viewpoints. Read more 



Behavioural Control or Digital Democracy? - A Digital Manifesto

An english version of the Digital Manifesto: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Big Nudging, and Cybernetic Society: Is the automation of society coming? A joint appeal to secure freedom and democracy. Read more 


Why we need democracy 2.0 and capitalism 2.0 to survive

Read an article published in about opportunities stemming from growth of data-driven societies.   Read more 


A Digital World To Thrive In

Professor Dirk Helbing discusses how the Internet of Things can make the "invisible hand" work and societies thrive. Read more 


Books published by Prof. Dirk Helbing The Automation of Society is Next: How to Survive the Digital Thinking Ahead - Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market Social Quantitative Sociodynamics
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