The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 77–108

Towards a living earth simulator


    • ISTC-CNR
  • D. Kossman
    • ETH Zurich
  • R. Conte
    • ISTC-CNR
  • P. Lukowicz
    • DFKI
  • P. Argyrakis
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • A. Blandford
    • UCL
  • G. Bonelli
    • ISTC-CNR
  • S. Anderson
    • University of Edinburgh
  • S. de Freitas
    • Coventry University
  • B. Edmonds
    • CPMManchester Metropolitan University
  • N. Gilbert
    • CRESSUniversity of Surrey
  • M. Gross
    • ETH Zurich
  • J. Kohlhammer
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD)
  • P. Koumoutsakos
    • ETH Zurich
  • A. Krause
    • ETH Zurich
  • B. -O. Linnér
    • Linköping University
  • P. Slusallek
    • DFKI
  • O. Sorkine
    • ETH Zurich
  • R. W. Sumner
    • Disney Research Zurich
  • D. Helbing
    • ETH Zurich
Open AccessRegular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01689-8

Cite this article as:
Paolucci, M., Kossman, D., Conte, R. et al. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2012) 214: 77. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2012-01689-8


The Living Earth Simulator (LES) is one of the core components of the FuturICT architecture. It will work as a federation of methods, tools, techniques and facilities supporting all of the FuturICT simulation-related activities to allow and encourage interactive exploration and understanding of societal issues. Society-relevant problems will be targeted by leaning on approaches based on complex systems theories and data science in tight interaction with the other components of FuturICT. The LES will evaluate and provide answers to real-world questions by taking into account multiple scenarios. It will build on present approaches such as agent-based simulation and modeling, multiscale modelling, statistical inference, and data mining, moving beyond disciplinary borders to achieve a new perspective on complex social systems.

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