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06.12.2016 | COSS , COSS Professorship

Big Data Study on spread of flu launched by COSS

In Switzerland, the start of the Christmas season once again marks the beginning of the flu season. Big data researchers at ETH Zurich are now investigating how people’s behaviour is related to the spread of flu. ETH Zurich staff and students can also participate in the study. Read more 

06.12.2016 | Awards , COSS

Akshay Uttama Nambi, Evangelos Pournaras and RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad nominated to the IE Technology News

Akshay Uttama Nambi, Evangelos Pournaras and RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad paper on  Temporal Self-regulation of Energy Demand has been nominated to the IE Technology News Read more 

26.08.2016 | COSS Professorship , Job Openings

Student Assistant Postion: Human Interactions in Networked Virtual Environments

The Computer Graphics Laboratory is looking for a student assistant who can program in C++/C#, has experience in computer networking, artificial intelligence, and/or computer animation, and preferrably a prior experience with Unity game engine. Read more 



A seminar talk on AI and its use to control the world and behavior by Prof. Helbing at Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (DE) on 12.12.2016

Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing will be giving a seminar talk with the title "How Artificial Intelligence is Used to Control the World and Our Behavior" from 17:00 to 18:30 on Monday, 12. December 2016 at the seminar room 310/311, N55, UKE Campus.   Read more 


Professor Dirk Helbing gives the keynote speech at the OCG Jahresopening 2017 in Vienna (AT) on 24.01.2017

Professor Dirk Helbing will be delivering the keynote speech at the OCG Jahresopening 2017. The title of the talk will be "Mobility 4.0" and will discuss how digital technology will transform the mobility sector. The talk will take place at the Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft (OCG, Austrian Computer Society) in Vienna on Tuesday, 24.01.2017. Read more 


Ovi Chris Rouly gives a session at the International Congress on Agent Computing in Fairfax, Virginia (USA) on 30.11.2016

Dr. Ovi Chris Rouly will be presenting a session with the title "Designing (artificial) life: Emergent sociality and collective intelligence using situated and embodied machine intelligence" at the International Congress on Agent Computing on Wednesday, 30.11.2016. The Congress will be held at the Research Hall, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Read more 

Prestigious publications

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


China Daily USA: Price of anarchy, a price worth paying

In an article for China Daily USA, Prof. Carlo Ratti of MIT and Prof. Dirk Helbing of ETH Zurich argue that while the world is heading towards a data-driven optimized society, a certain amount of randomness is a fair price to pay if we would like to preserve innovation. Read more 


NRC: Meanwhile, Google is working on building an army

The daily Dutch newspaper NRC published an article in which Prof. Dirk Helbing warns against the dangers of relying too heaily on big data, and how that may lead to totalitarian systems with "little or no democratic control". Read more 


EuroScientist: Self-organised scientific crowds to remedy research bureaucracy

EuroScientist published an article discussing how to remedy research bureaucracy. In the article, the opinions and writings of Prof. Dirk Helbing in the FuturICT blog are cited, to show how bureaucracy might be hindering innovation and how to tackle this problem. 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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