Crazy Futures III - Media Meaning for Horizon Scanning. Promise and Limits of Natural Language Processing

The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is organising during 25-27 August 2015, the Crazy Futures III workshop, an event that has already established itself as a customary meeting among the international foresight and futures studies community.

The main concept of this event is looking into the existing trends from an informal and unconstrained approach, the result being a series of intellectually rich gatherings, as well as relaxed and casual.

The workshop title is Media Meaning for Horizon Scanning. Promise and Limits of Natural Language Processing and it aims at building a bridge between two communities of practice: the Foresight/Futures community, with a special focus on horizon scanning, and the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community. The participants will have the opportunity to share ideas in a challenging setting consisting of short presentations, provocative discussions and stimulating debates related to the aspirations and the potential of Big Data for the early detection of weak signals of change.

Following into the previous editions’ footsteps, the event will round up significant international and Romanian Experts with a keen interest in addressing important issues in a “crazy” way. The workshop will be coordinated by Ziauddin Sardar, a renowned futurist and Octavian Popescu, Senior Researcher at IBM.

The premise for the Symposium is a project currently being developed by UEFISCDI, the goal of which is to create a Radar of weak signals, namely a mapping system for emerging phenomena (emerging technologies, behavioural changes) at a global level.

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