The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 5–9

Introduction: The FuturICT knowledge accelerator towards a more resilient and sustainable future


  • D. Helbing
    • ETH ZurichSwiss Federal Institute of Technology
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DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01685-0

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Helbing, D. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2012) 214: 5. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2012-01685-0


The FuturICT project is a response to the European Flagship Call in the Area of Future and Emerging Technologies, which is planning to spend 1 billion EUR on each of two flagship projects over a period of 10 years. FuturICT seeks to create an open, global but decentralized, democratically controlled information platform that will use online data and real-time measurements together with novel theoretical models and experimental methods to achieve a paradigm shift in our understanding of today’s strongly interdependent and complex world and make our techno-socio-economic systems more flexible, adaptive, resilient, sustainable, and livable through a participatory approach.

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