The workshop will begin by questioning whether it is possible or not to predict technological progress and, if yes, through which methodologies. The answer will lead us to the first and second sessions, respectively focusing on economic complexity and science-technology linkages as analytical tools to investigate patterns and dynamics of co-evolution in complex socio-economic networks.

The following two sessions will focus on the main methodological issues underlying the ambitious challenge of tracking innovation trajectories. The third session will investigate the use of indicators of transdisciplinary research through bibliometrics, whereas in the fourth session Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) will be discussed as a framework to deal with an anticipatory approach to the impacts of innovation activities.

In the fifth session, we will first adopt a network analysis perspective in moving to analyzing the potential of machine learning algorithms for complex innovation ecosystems’ analysis and the integration between the two approaches. Data-driven approaches to the analysis of complex economies will be the focus of the sixth session. We will then frame, in the seventh session, how to identify unfolding production networks and to single out promising value-chains through complex economic analysis.

Lastly, a final roundtable will analyse which tools can be implemented to address policy objectives by means of the desired innovations trajectories for both public and private value chains paying particular attention to the case and the impacts of disruptive innovations. 

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List of confirmed speakers

Guido Caldarelli Full Professor of Theoretical Physics, IMT Lucca (IT) & President, Complex System Society
Giovanni Dosi Full Professor of Economics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (IT)
Doyne Farmer Baillie Gifford Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford & Director of Complexity Economics, INET Oxford Martin School (GB)
Alan Kirman Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Aix-Marseille III (FR) & Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, FR)
Luciano Pietronero Full Professor of Physics of Condensed Matter, Sapienza University of Rome (IT) & Associate, CNR-Institute for Complex Systems (IT)
Ismael Ràfols Senior Researcher, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV, València – ES) & Visiting Professor, Leiden University
So Young Sohn Professor of Information & Industrial Engineering, Yonsei University (KR)
Tommaso Ciarli Senior Research Fellow @ SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (GB)
Silvia Giordano Head of Networking Lab, University of Applied Science –SUPSI (CH)
Magda Fontana Assistant Professor of Public Economics, University of Turin & Senior Researcher, DESPINA Lab (IT)
Penny Mealy Research Associate, University of Oxford & University of Cambridge (GB)
Niels Mejlgaard Full Professor & Associate Dean, Aarhus University (DE)


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