On August, 31 ITMO University will host a lecture of Carlos Gershenson, research professor at The National Autonomous University of Mexico “Hardening a Soft Science: An Introduction to Computational Social Science”.
The scientific study of social phenomena was considered “soft” until recently, mainly because theories were difficult to be contrasted with data, leaving rhetorics as the main tool to decide over competing theories. However, the increasing availability of data and computational resources is beginning to allow the contrast of social theories. Previous approaches to harden social sciences had been unsuccessful because of the irreducible complexity inherent in social systems. Carlos will show how computers have allowed the scientific study of complex systems and mention examples of computational social science projects. Given their current success, it can be foreseen that the relevance of computer science will continue increasing within the study of social systems.