Santa Fe Institute

How Far Can “Big Data” Take Us Towards Understanding Cities?


September 19, 2013 - September 21, 2013
Noyce Conference Room

This workshop—a continuation of the dialogue on the development of a "science of cities" which has proceeded through a series of international meetings held over the past three years—will bring together leading researchers, from a variety of disciplines and with differing types of engagement with urban data, to consider the modeling possibilities and scientific limitations of Big Data in the context of studying cities.  The central objective is to contribute to the lively debate on the use of data to understand and manage cities by identifying what problems can be successfully addressed with Big Data and which remain stubbornly difficult (and why). The organizers' framing perspective is that we need both scientific understanding and engineering solutions for successfully managing cities in what is fast becoming a planet of cities.

SFI Host: Geoffrey West, Luis Bettencourt, and Jose Lobo

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