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2016 CSS scientific and service awards unveiled at CCS2016

The CSS has established the senior scientific award that recognize outstanding contributions of CSS members at whatever stage of their careers, and the junior scientific award aimed at recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements by CSS young researchers (within 7 years of PhD completion). The society is also awarding special service awards to members of the society for their efforts in promoting complex systems science and the CSS society.

The results of the 2016 CSS awards have been announced at the CCS2016 conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Sept. 19-22, 2016). The 2016 recipients were:

-Senior scientific award: Prof. Michael Batty for his long standing scientific career in the fields of Geography, Urban Modelling, Dynamic Systems, in which he has pioneered the idea of cities as complex systems, as well as for his leading role in the conformation of the Science of Cities that combines a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from Statistical Physics, Mathematics, Architecture and Engineering, to Social Sciences and Economics.

-Junior scientific awards: Manlio De Domenico and Emilio Ferrara. Manlio De Domenico has made a number of important contributions to the field of multilayer networks, including pioneering works on their mathematical formulation through tensorial representation and on the development of a visualisation algorithm, but also their application to study several topics such as human mobility, epidemic spreading or bibliometrics. He has participated to international data challenges in which he has won prizes, and his research has been published in the leading journals of interdisciplinary research. Emilio Ferrara is one of the most active and successful young researchers in the field of computational social sciences. His works include the design and application of novel network-science models, algorithms, and tools to study phenomena occurring in large, dynamical techno-social systems. They improved our understanding of the structure of large online social networks and the dynamics of information diffusion. He has explored online social phenomena (protests, rumours, etc.), with applications to model and forecast individual behaviour, and characterise information diffusion and cyber-crime.

-Service award: Paul Bourgine for his role in the creation of the Complex Systems Society, of which he is one of the founders. He has also acted as president of the CSS and member of its Executive Committee and has been one of the main driving forces to make the CSS thrive.

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