CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 3 - Fall 2023

Session 3 - Fall 2023 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET / 3:00 PM GMT 18 October 2023, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Session 3 Fall 2023 Details

In a rapidly changing world, facing an increasing number of socioeconomic, health and environmental crises, complex systems and data science can help us quantify vulnerabilities and monitor progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In this talk, I will first provide a non-exhaustive overview of the main areas of applications where non-traditional data and computational approaches have shown their potential for social impact, and I will then deep-dive more specifically into my work on predicting food insecurity from conflict, weather, and economic data.

Seminar Speaker

Prof. Elisa Omodei
Prof. Elisa Omodei

Elisa Omodei is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Network and Data Science at the Central European University. She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics for the Social Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Paris. She then spent over four years at the United Nations, first at UNICEF's Office of Innovation in New York and then at the UN World Food Programme in Rome. In her research, she explores how complexity and data science can help us address the needs of the most vulnerable populations and monitor the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She also served as Vice-President Secretary of the Complex Systems Society from 2018 to 2021.


Prof. Petra Novak

Welcome Introduction Prof. Petra Novak, CEU

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her talk

Prof. Elisa Omodei

Seminar Session Prof. Elisa Omodei, CEU

Data science for the Sustainable Development Goals: the case of food security

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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