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In a new paper  out in Communications Physics, a scientific team led by Dr. Guillaume St-Onge (Université Laval) and coordinated by Prof. Laurent Hébert-Dufresne (University of Vermont) and including ISI Foundation Senior Research Scientist Giovanni Petri, develops a novel mathematical framework based on approximate master equations to study contagions on hypergraphs characterize by heterogeneity in the size of the groups defining the interactions and in the number of groups a node is part of.

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È aperto fino al 18 febbraio 2022 il bando per 8 borse di ricerca applicata del Progetto Lagrange, ideato, promosso e finanziato dalla Fondazione CRT con il coordinamento scientifico della Fondazione ISI, per creare un ponte fondamentale tra la ricerca accademica e il sistema delle imprese nell'ambito della Data Science e dell'Impatto Sociale

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Progetto Lagrange-Fondazione CRT 2021: disponibile il bando per 8 Borse di Ricerca Applicata in Data Science e Impatto Sociale

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In the latest two years, Covid-19 taught us many things. Among them is the critical role of information diffusion in health emergencies and crisis management.<br>Not only the complexities of science knowledge and the scientific method are difficult to communicate to a broad audience, but the contemporary media context – increasingly dominated by digital social networks – tends to yield extreme oversimplifications, polarized narratives and misinformation spreading, thus leading to a phenomenon that has been frequently called information epidemic, or «infodemic».

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Francesco Bonchi will discuss algorithmic bias and gender discrimination in AI (in italian)

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ISI is a scientific partner of Festival delle Scienze and will be present on November 24, 2021 with the "Alfabeti" an event in collaboration with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Dmitri Tymoczko, Professor at Princton University.

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20 October 2021

Network science helps us to better understand the evolution of the highly interconnected world in which we live, and complex networks have become the main paradigm for modelling the dynamics of interacting systems. However, networks are intrinsically limited to describing pairwise interactions, whereas real-world systems are often characterized by higher-order interactions involving groups of three or more units and complex connections. Higher-order mathematical structures, such as hypergraphs and simplicial complexes, are therefore a better tool to map the real organization of many social, biological and man-made systems.

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Open position

The team at ISI Foundation, which coordinates the development and scientific activities of the Influenzanet network, is looking for a Developer to manage and maintain the deployment of the Influenzanet platform in Italy and several other countries.<br><br>

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in an epidemic, it has been possibile to track through digital platforms in real time all the dramatic changes in human behaviors caused by public health advice, stay-at-home orders and self-imposed limitations. Digital traces such as mobile phone data, social media posts, search engine queries, bank transactions have revealed how the pandemic has deeply changed our daily habits, such as mobility patterns and social and economic interactions.

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Open Position

Within the EvoGamesPlus ITN project, we offer 1 fully-funded 3-year position for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).

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La Strategia Dati Nazionale sta diventando realtà. Il Dipartimento per la trasformazione digitale della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, insieme ad altri quattordici enti, ha redatto le linee guida di una strategia incentrata sulle esigenze e sui bisogni dei cittadini, nell'ottica di una gestione dei dati pubblici basata sul rispetto dei diritti umani, sulla democrazia e sulla sostenibilità.

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There is a new simple, robust, scaling law in the studies of human travel, that includes a component rarely considered in previous theories: visitation frequency, i.e. the number of trips that someone makes to a location per unit of time. In a new paper recently out in Nature, a team of researchers including former ISI affiliate Michael Szell suggests that the number of visitors to any location decreases as the inverse square of the product of their visiting frequency and travel distance.

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17 February 2020

The aim of this workshop is to encourage the community to use new sources of data to study the wellbeing of vulnerable populations including children, elderly, racial or ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured or those with certain medical conditions.

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In 2019, following a decrease of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine’s coverage and a 30% rise in measles cases worldwide, the World Health Organization declared vaccine hesitancy one of the 10 biggest threats to global health. Alternative vaccination schedules are becoming more and more popular among parents: identifying them and understanding the determinants of their hesitancy toward vaccines could help addressing their concerns through targeted interventions.

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What is the effect of social inequalities on the mitigation of COVID-19? How did the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) correlate with the human economic and development conditions of different communities in a big metropolitan area like Santiago de Chile? And how can anonymized mobile phone data help us in getting a data-driven characterization of the unfolding of the epidemic?

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La Legge Finanziaria per il &nbsp;2021 prevede la possibilità di destinare il 5 per mille delle tue imposte alla Fondazione ISI, in quanto Ente di Ricerca Scientifica

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Misinfo 2021 Workshop

Misinfo 2021 is an event co organized by ISI Foundation Scientific Director Francesco Bonchi and co located within the WWW conference happening today April 15th, 2021.

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Dare risalto alle ricercatrici e ai ricercatori italiani impegnati all'estero e valorizzare l'attività nazionale di ricerca scientifica, mostrandone la potenzialità come attrattore di nuove risorse da tutto il mondo: sono questi gli obiettivi della maratona scientifica digitale organizzata dal Festival delle Scienze di Roma in occasione della Giornata della Ricerca Italiana nel Mondo del 15 aprile, durante la quale interverrà il professor Mario Rasetti, presidente della Fondazione ISI.

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Originally set &nbsp;in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, in the heart of Europe, inside the program &nbsp;of the Web Conference 2021, the Data Science for Social Good workshop developed as a series of online Zoom presentations, with participants joining from home.

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Open Position

The ISI Foundation is looking for excellent candidates at all levels of seniority to join the Learning and Algorithms for Data Analytics research area, to contribute to both fundamental and applied research projects.

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Contact tracing, both manual and potentially with digital apps, is considered a key ingredient in the control of infectious disease outbreaks. During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, for example, it has been widely considered, discussed, and experimented in the strategies making it possible to alleviate the lockdown and to return to a quasi-normal functioning of society. However, the current leading modeling framework for evaluating contact tracing is highly stylized, lacking important features and heterogeneities present in real-world contact patterns that are relevant for epidemic dynamics.

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Social media may limit the exposure to diverse perspectives and favor the formation of groups of like-minded users framing and reinforcing a shared narrative, that is, echo chambers. However, the interaction paradigms among users and feed algorithms greatly vary across social media.

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Humans can effortlessly perform many kinds of task at the same time, such as walking, talking and responding to their surroundings, all of which presumably involve extensive simultaneous computations. On the other hand, they are radically constrained in their ability to perform other kinds of task concurrently, such as planning a grocery list while simultaneously carrying out multidigit mental arithmetic. As recent work has suggested, these fundamental features of human cognitive function may be explained by a tradeoff between two kinds of use of parallel distributed computing in network architectures: the first focuses on incorporating a variety of interacting constraints in the learning and processing of complex representations (“interactive parallelism”); the second kind, in contrast, focuses on the capacity of a network to carry out multiple processes independently (“independent parallelism”).

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Public opinion polarization is on the rise, as suggested by data collected across a variety of political and ethical issues. Opinions on different topics can also be correlated: Individuals advocating rights for transgender people, for example, are likely to also support same-sex couples. Strikingly, data shows correlations also between unrelated topics, such as rights of transgender people and the debate about whether the U.S. should build a wall at the border to Mexico.

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Lagrange Prize - CRT Foundation 2020

Since 2008, every Autumn has been marked by the celebration of the Lagrange-Fondazione CRT Award, promoted by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino and coordinated with the scientific advice of Fondazione ISI.

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