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Abstract

We live in a period where Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, work, and entertain ourselves. But we also live in challenging times, from climate change and natural disasters of increased intensity to rapid urbanization, pollution, economic stagnation, and a shrinking middle class in Western countries. In this lecture, we argue that ICT now has the opportunity to radically change the way we take decisions as a society, exploiting the wealth of data available to understand physical, biological, business, and human behaviors with unprecedented accuracy and speed. We illustrate this vision with challenging problems in disaster management, energy, medicine, and transportation.

Keywords

Climate Change Western Country Mathematical Logic Human Behavior Natural Disaster 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Van Hentenryck
    • 1
  1. 1.National ICT Australia, Victoria Laboratory Department of Computing and Information SystemsUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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