Data Science: Models,Algorithms, AI and Beyond


July 19 - 25, 2020


Lipari Island, Italy

Aim and Scope

This summer school will provide opportunities to collect experience with modern data analysis, in particular Big Data analytics. This includes subjects to mine data in the Internet of Things. Our main and special guest lectures, which are recognized authorities in such a field, will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, computational models and practical results.


This year the school will offer three kinds of events: teaching seminars of 3hr each that introduce the basics of some topics and present some research problems concerning with them; two inspiring seminars of 1.5hr each that will start/end the school and highlight recent achievements in the context of Social Big Data and Urban Mobility; and a workshop about the “future of compressed data structures” where renown international speakers will survey data compression achievements in graphs, strings and neural networks. Details on the speakers and their talks are given in the three tabs below, whereas their schedule will be provided here soon.

Travel and accomodation

Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (located at Hotel Giardino sul Mare, Via Maddalena, Lipari) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).


Two kinds of participants are welcome.

Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. Passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 3 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program.

Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.

Registration fees is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, participation to any connected event, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €.
Early registration applications can be submitted from January 1st, 2020 up to May 25th, 2020. Late registrations will be accepted until June 30th, 2020. Admission notification will start on January 31st, 2020, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae or an updated link to an official website. In case of cancellation after fees payments, a 25% penalty will be applied. In case of credit card payment, processing fees cannot be reimbursed. Payment should be received as soon as possible, and in any case no later than June 1st, 2020 for Regular Registration and July 6th, 2020 for Late Registration.


Alfredo Ferro University of Catania, Italy
Dirk Helbing ETH, Zurich
Carlo Ratti MIT, Boston, USA

Steering Committee

Paolo Ferragina University of Pisa, Italy
Fosca Giannotti CNR Pisa, Italy
Giovanni Giuffrida University of Catania, Italy
Rosalba Giugno University of Verona, Italy
Vittorio Loreto University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Sergio Palazzo University of Catania, Italy
Dino Pedreschi University of Pisa,Italy
Carlo Pennisi University of Catania, Italy
Alessandro Pluchino University of Catania, Italy
Alfredo Pulvirenti University of Catania, Italy
Andrea Rapisarda University of Catania, Italy

Organizing Committee

Prof. Alfredo Ferro
Prof. Alfredo Pulvirenti
Prof. Rosalba Giugno
Dr. Salvatore Alaimo
Dr. Giovanni Micale


Prof. Alfredo Ferro
Università degli Studi di Catania
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale c/o Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Viale A. Doria 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY

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