ECCS '12 Satellite Meeting: Data-Driven Modeling of Contagion Processes

Contagion processes are widespread in biological and techno-social systems. Everything is contagious: from infectious diseases to rumors, from emotions to innovation and technologies. Habits, memes, knowledge and even debt crisis are "transmissible". The complex dynamics of contagion phenomena is often the result of heterogeneous, dynamical and multi-scale patterns of interactions among the system's elements, thus hindering our understanding and control of the emerging spreading processes. Everything is interconnected: from the system's elements to the interplay of multiple contagion processes themselves. When a disease breaks into a human population, the behavioral response of individuals may crucially alter the disease spread - a response induced by individuals' awareness, fear, and beliefs that spread in the population mediated by social interaction and communication.

The satellite meeting will be an opportunity for discussing the recent advances in the study of contagion processes across different scientific domains with a main focus on data-driven modeling approaches. The meeting will be fully interdisciplinary and will bring together researchers from a broad range of disciplines such as physics, mathematics, biology, epidemiology, human and veterinary medicine, computer science, information technologies and social sciences. Particular attention will be devoted to the following topics:

  • Agents movements and spatial spread
  • Implications of contact patterns and agents heterogeneity for transmission
  • Temporally evolving networks and dynamics of contagion
  • Contagion engineering
  • Interdependent contagion processes

The event will represent a great occasion to discuss the state of the art of this research area with the exciting recent developments and an overview of the future directions. For the full Aim and Scopes go to About.

The satellite meeting will be hosted by ECCS '12 and it will be co-located with the main conference at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Submission deadline has been extended to June 1. Go to Call for Abstract for information on how to submit your abstract.


Invited Speakers
Niel Hens 
Center for Statistics, Hasselt University, Belgium; 
Centre for Health Economic Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Marcel Salathé
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State UniversityPenn State, US

Organizing Committee
Duygu Balcan, ISI Foundation, Italy
Chiara Poletto, ISI Foundation, Italy
Vittoria Colizza, INSERM & University Pierre et Marie Curie, France & ISI Foundation, Italy

Program Committee 
Iacopo Baussano (Novara University, Italy & Imperial College, UK)
Vincent Blondel (Univ Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Pierre-Yves Boelle (INSERM & UPMC, France)
Ciro Cattuto (ISI Foundation, Italy)
Damon M. Centola (MIT, US)
Uno Wennergren (Linkopings University, Sweden)
Marta Gonzalez (MIT, US)
Sebastian Funk (LSHTM, UK)
Bruno Goncalves (Northeastern University, US)
Petter Holme (Umea University, Sweden)
Yamir Moreno (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Alessandro Vespignani (Northeastern University, US & ISI Foundation, Italy)