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Invited Lecture
Gaming, Innovation and Learning - New Tools to Face Societal Challenges
Vittorio Loreto
Sapienza University of Rome

Brief Bio
Prof. Vittorio Loreto ( Project Coordinator) got his Ph.D. in Physics at “La Sapienza” University and spent a few years in France at the Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles. In 1999 he joined back the Physics Dept. of “La Sapienza” University as a researcher and in 2004 he got the habilitation as Associate Professor. His scientific activity is mainly focused on the Statistical Mechanics of non equilibrium systems as well as statistical physics of scale-invariance and complex systems. In the last few years he has been active in the fields of granular media, complexity and information theory, networks, language evolution.


The societal challenges of our rapidly changing world call for a need to increase the number of people who are capable to understand our environment, adapt to it and explore new solutions in ever-changing and unpredictable conditions. Techno-social systems is the locution more and more adopted to quickly refer to social systems in which technology entangles, in an original and unpredictable way, cognitive, behavioural and social aspects of human beings. This framework is opening tremendous opportunities to address the challenges of our societies. In this talk I'll review some of the progress we have been witnessing in the last few years and describe how the new tools are being deployed to understand our societies and eventually steer them in virtuous directions. I'll focus in particular on how web-based experiments, data science and theoretical modeling can be blended in a unique experimental, mathematical and computational framework for a quantitative understanding of the determinants of learning and innovation processes.