The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 77–108 | Cite as

Towards a living earth simulator

  • M. PaolucciEmail author
  • D. Kossman
  • R. Conte
  • P. Lukowicz
  • P. Argyrakis
  • A. Blandford
  • G. Bonelli
  • S. Anderson
  • S. de Freitas
  • B. Edmonds
  • N. Gilbert
  • M. Gross
  • J. Kohlhammer
  • P. Koumoutsakos
  • A. Krause
  • B. -O. Linnér
  • P. Slusallek
  • O. Sorkine
  • R. W. Sumner
  • D. Helbing
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Paolucci
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Kossman
    • 2
  • R. Conte
    • 1
  • P. Lukowicz
    • 3
  • P. Argyrakis
    • 4
  • A. Blandford
    • 5
  • G. Bonelli
    • 1
  • S. Anderson
    • 6
  • S. de Freitas
    • 7
  • B. Edmonds
    • 8
  • N. Gilbert
    • 9
  • M. Gross
    • 2
  • J. Kohlhammer
    • 10
  • P. Koumoutsakos
    • 2
  • A. Krause
    • 2
  • B. -O. Linnér
    • 11
  • P. Slusallek
    • 3
  • O. Sorkine
    • 2
  • R. W. Sumner
    • 12
  • D. Helbing
    • 2
  1. 1.ISTC-CNRRomeItaly
  2. 2.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.DFKIKaiserlauternGermany
  4. 4.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  5. 5.UCLLondonUK
  6. 6.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  7. 7.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  8. 8.CPMManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  9. 9.CRESSUniversity of SurreySurreyUK
  10. 10.Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD)MunichGermany
  11. 11.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  12. 12.Disney Research ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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