Information Society Workshops

Chairs: Prof. Patrik Jansson and Ulf Dahlsten

The overall aim of the three workshops (Thu, Fri, Sat) is to identify “ICT Challenges to Global Systems Science”. In each case there are three  workshops in parallel (the ICT workshop + two others) so out of the 55-65 conference participants present perhaps 15-25 will be at “our” workshop. We have 1.5-2 hours scheduled for each workshop, and we should use around half that time for presentations and half for discussions.

This means that each speaker has 15 minutes for the prepared interventions and 15-20 minutes for discussion. In your presentations, please try to highlight opportunities, challenges and open questions and end with a slide (or a hand-out) summarizing these as a basis for the discussion.

Thursday, 8th November 2012, 17.00 – 16.30:

 

Information Society (1):  The  ICT challenges  to  Global  Systems  Science  – Chair:

Ulf  Dahlsten, former Director at the European Commission, Global Climate Forum

 

Main topics and questions:

 

What are the main ICT  challenges for GSS research and evidence-building?

How to enlarge the research community and involve more ICT experts?

How should the challenges be tackled?

 

Please provide insights on key questions for future Research and Development directions relevant for: 1) ICT and 2) policy areas.

 

Speakers:

 

Per Öster: E-science and European Grid Computing.

Vittorio Loreto: ICT and Global online communities.

Chris Barrett: Verification and validation of simulation models: the roles of theory, experimentation and observation.

Other participants: Martin Elsman, Patrik Jansson, Wolfgang Boch

 

 

 

 

Friday, 9th November 2012, 10.30 -12.30:

Information Society (2) – Computer Science meets Global Systems Science – Chair: Prof. P. Jansson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

 

Topics and questions:

 

 

What is the role of computer science in Global Systems Science?

What specification-, modelling- and implementation-languages are useful for GSS?

What visualisation and user interfaces are needed?

What is the role of open and transparent data, new ontologies and structured data?

What is the role of scientific code? (e.g. common languages, specifications and open implementations).

How can we make models and results easily accessible and deployable?

How can we make models and results of modelling – including their strengths and limitations – understandable and accessible to diverse stakeholders?

 

Please provide insights on key questions for future Research and Development directions relevant for: 1) ICT and 2) policy areas.

 

 

Contributors / participants:

 

Patrik Jansson: Introduction

Martin Elsman: Scientific code: common languages, specifications and open implementations

Zhengang Han: Modelling and visualization

Johan Jeuring: E-learning and mathematics

Other participants: John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Katharyna Szkuta,
Sat, Nov 10, 09.00 – 10.30:

ICT, Models and Narratives – Co-chairs:Patrik Jansson & Ilan Chabay

 

Topics and questions:

 

Verification and validation of simulation models: the roles of theory, experimentation and observation

Models and Narratives: bringing stakeholders into the process of GSS and GSS into societal processes via ICT
Speakers:

Jeremy Gibbons: “Dependent types for dependable modelling”

Michael Resch: “Verification and validation of simulation models:  the roles of theory, experimentation and observation”

David De Roure: “Software sustainability” or “myExperiment – sharing workflows

 

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