ESF Research Conferences

ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference

Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective

2-7 October 2010

Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy

Chaired by: Romualdo Pastor-Satorras - Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear (FIB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ES
Co-Chaired by: Claudio Castellano - CNR-ISC (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi) and Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universitá di Roma, IT

Programme Committee: Thibaut Lery, European Science Foundation, FR; Gian Mario Maggio, CREATE-NET, IT; Alain Peyraube, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris), FR; Peter Richmond, Trinity College Dublin, School of Physics, IE; Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission, DG INFSO, BE; Caroline Whelan, COST Office, BE

Scientific Committee: Loretta Anania, European Commission, BE; Giovanni Colombo, Information Society and Technology Advisory Group (ISTAG), IT; Juan Carlos De Martin, Politecnico di Torino, IT; Jose Fernandez-Villacanas, European Commission, BE; Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich, CH; Luciano Lenzini, University of Pisa, IT; Vittorio Loreto, University of Rome "La sapienza", IT; Felix Reed-Tsochas, CABDyN Complexity Centre, UK; Maxi San Miguel, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, ES


© COST Office

The digital revolution and the advent of the Internet are transforming the way we work, how we spend our free time. These phenomena are also changing how we communicate with each other and the way in which we establish and maintain our social relations. The relationship between Internet and society is complex and bidirectional, leading to a co-evolution of the two systems. In fact, the Internet exists because humans need networking and the Internet evolution is ultimately driven by our ever-increasing use of it.

The complexity of the current Internet structure and its future developments cannot be understood without taking a full multi-disciplinary approach. Such an approach must necessarily be based on the science of complex systems, and in particular complex network theory. It must also depend on social sciences and humanities to elucidate the underpinnings of the Internet at a societal and economic level.

This conference will bring together experts in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), social scientists, as well as experts in the area of complex systems They will assess the state-of-the-art, identify new trends and envision future developments in the intertwined domains of future Internet and society.

Topics that will be covered in the conference include:

  • Internet topology and modelling
  • Complex techno-social networks
  • Modelling of collective social behaviour
  • Social and human dynamics
  • Spreading and epidemics in techno-social systems
  • Virtual social systems
  • Co-evolution of Internet and society
  • Internet as a socio-economical system
  • Mobile social networks
  • Internet enabled applications and business
  • Future Internet as a techno-social system.

We welcome top-level presentations on the most recent results in analysis and modelling, from the point of view of complex systems and other techno-social issues.

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Conference programme: PDF (234.4 KB) Last updated 8-September-2010

List of Accepted Posters: PDF (124.4 KB) Last updated 28-September-2010

List of Accepted Short Talks: PDF (149 KB) Last updated 8-September-2010

How to Participate


For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Grantees' registrations, Early Bird registrations & fee payments: 20 August 2010

Final closing date for ALL registrations & fee payments: 3 September 2010


Applications closed on 9 June 2010. Should you have missed the deadline, please contact the conference officer (see details at the end of this webpage) and inquire about the procedure to attend the event.

Please note that all grants have been assigned.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment no later than 20 August 2010730 €
Registration and payment between 21 August and 3 September 2010800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Practical Information

The conference will be held at Hotel Villa del Mare in Acquafredda di Maratea. Acquafredda di Maratea is situated on the coast, on the Gulf of Policastro, between Sapri and Maratea, about 200 km (125 miles) south of Naples and about 400 km (250 miles) south of Rome. Group transportation will be organised on arrival and departure days from and back to Sapri train station. Further information soon available!

ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Antje Teegler Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0) 25333857
Fax +32 (0) 25333890
Please quote 10-341 in any correspondence.