Orchestrating Information Technologies and Global Systems Science for Policy Design and Regulation of a Resilient and Sustainable Global Economy

SYMPHONY, a project co-funded by the EU under the 7th Framework programme, aimed at providing a set of innovative ICT tools in strict cooperation with stakeholders and policy-makers, involved in the project to devise appropriate scenarios and modelling requirements. The main objective of the project was to develop a framework for designing and testing policies and regulatory measures regarding:

  • Preventing and mitigating economic and financial crises;
  • Fostering an economically and ecologically sustainable growth path.

SYMPHONY’s strategy to successfully accomplish its mission was to orchestrate a set of tools that would be able to:

  • Collect and analyze relevant information by means of social media mining tools and web-based information markets;
  • Simulate the complex economic dynamics by means of an agent based model of the global economy, explicitly designed for policy making;
  • Involve citizens in the decision making process through a serious game interface, and through a set of information markets on the artificial economy that would allow us to overcome the huge economic impasse of properly modeling expectations.

The SYMPHONY Consortium was composed of nine partners: UNIGE – University of Genoa (Italy) (Coordinator), ATC – Athens Technology Center SA (Greece), GCF – Global Climate Forum (Germany), GW – Germanwatch Nord-Sued-Initiative e. V. (Germany), ICCS – Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), JSI – Institute Jozef Stefan (Slovenija), PlayGen – PlayGen Ltd (UK), UJI – Universitat Jaume I De Castellon (Spain), UNIVPM – Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy).

ATC was one of the main technology providers in SYMPHONY, mainly involved in the integration tasks.

The project started in October 2013 and had duration of 36 months.

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