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  • ETH Zurich
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation
  • Clausiusstrasse 50
    8092 Zurich
  • Switzerland
  • soms@ethz.ch
    www.soms.ethz.ch
    Phone +41 44 632 88 81
    Fax +41 44 632 17 67

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Profile of Prof.
Dirk Helbing

 

 

Open Position:
The Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation (SOMS), held by Professor Dr. Dirk Helbing, in the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) seeks applicants for the


Position of a PhD


The PhD project is a part of the Momentum project, an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant, and focusses on the (co-)evolution of social institutions such as social norms, hierarchies, social preferences, conventions and culture. The project has theoretical and computational components, which requires strong analytical skills and good experience with agent-based simulation. Theoretical predictions will be tested with laboratory and online experiments in collaboration with colleagues. Applicants should be highly-motivated with a strong training in mathematical techniques including game theory and probability theory. Knowledge of computer modeling and agent-based simulations is also desirable.


Research at SOMS is extremely interdisciplinary and includes formal modeling, quantitative social science, computational social science, and big data analytics. We offer research in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and diverse environment. SOMS also has access to a cutting-edge experimental laboratory and offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary collaboration. We seek to recruit an exceptional student willing to embark on challenging PhD project to study the evolution of social norms, institutions and behavior.


For further information visit our website www.soms.ethz.ch. The application deadline is July 1, 2014.

Applications with cover letter, cv, and the names and contact information of 2-3 references should be sent online with attention to:
ETH Zurich, Mr. Rolf Oertli, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zürich


Recent Manuscripts:

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Big Data – Zauberstab und Rohstoff des 21. Jahrhunderts
Die Volkswirtschaft, Mai 2014
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Mit dem Aero gegen die Krise. Dirk Helbing: Der ETH-Soziologieprofessor will das Geld- und Finanzsystem reformieren und das Euro-Problem lösen.
Handelszeitung, Nr. 14, 3. April 2014
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Honorary PhD Ceremony at TU Delft for Dr. Dirk Helbing, 10 January 2014
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"Ein Sputnik-Schock tut uns gut"
Tages-Anzeiger, 09.11.2013. Interview with Dirk Helbing (in German).
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Mit Forschung gegen Gewalt
SRF Tagesschau, 13.07.2013. Article in News: International of SRF: Frieden schaffen in Jerusalem – mit einer Computersimulation, in German
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Schweizer Forscher entwickeln Windkanal für den Nahostkonflikt
Tages-Anzeiger, 11.07.2013
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ETH Life: Political options tested in a virtual wind tunnel
The article recently published in ETH Life reports on a collaborative study of Dirk Helbing's team and researchers in Geneva and Jerusalem.


Relevant publication:

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Have we evolved to be nasty or nice?
An article about a recent study of Dirk Helbing and colleagues has been published in the Wall Street Journal.

Relevant Publication:
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Dirk Helbing has been awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator Grant in the Section Social Sciences & Humanities, SH2: Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour, among 12 ETH professors.
For more information see ETH Life.
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Dirk Helbing has recieved the „Golden Idea Award 2012“by IDEE-SUISSE® – Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement for his project: «Self-Controlling Traffic Lights»

Relevant publications:

The talk of Dirk Helbing and others can be found here.

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  • Lipari School on Computational Complex Systems «Smart Cities» July 27 - August 2, 2013, Lipari Island
  Our research on disasters and disaster response management can be found here and here. An overview is given by the following publications:


D. Helbing and P. Mukerji (2012) Crowd disasters as systemic failures: Analysis of the Love Parade Disaster. EPJ Data Science 2012 1:7. See also preprint.

Links to complementary videos can be found here

Note that the paper does not make any statements on legal responsibilities of individuals or institutions. For further Questions and Answers regarding the paper, the Love Parade disaster and related issues see this blog.

Please understand that we do not give radio or TV interviews at the moment as the legal case is still under investigation. The first author will try to reply to questions and comments by e-mail in the blog mentioned above. We appreciate your kind interaction. Thank you!

  1. M. Moussaïd, D. Helbing, and G. Theraulaz (2011) How simple rules determine pedestrian behavior and crowd disasters. PNAS 108 (17) 6884-6888. 
  2. A. Johansson, D. Helbing, H. Z. A-Abideen, and S. Al-Bosta (2008) From crowd dynamics to crowd safety: A video-based analysis. Advances in Complex Systems 11(4), 497-527.
  3. D. Helbing, A. Johansson, and H. Z. Al-Abideen (2007) The dynamics of crowd disasters: An empirical studyPhysical Review E 75, 046109. See this link for a complementary webpage on how the Hajj was made safer.
  4. D. Helbing, I. Farkas, and T. Vicsek (2000) Simulating dynamical features of escape panic. Nature 407, 487-490.
  5. D. Helbing, A. Johansson (2010) Pedestrian, Crowd and Evacuation Dynamics. Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science 16, 6476-6495.
  6. D. Helbing and A. Johansson (2010) Cooperation, norms, and revolutions: A unified game-theoretical approach. PLoS ONE 5(10), e12530.
  7. D. Helbing, H. Ammoser, and C. Kühnert (2005) Disasters as extreme events and the importance of network interactions for disaster response management. Pages 319-348. in: S. Albeverio, V. Jentsch, and H. Kantz (eds.) Extreme Events in Nature and Society (Springer, Berlin).
  8. K. Peters, L. Buzna, and D. Helbing (2008) Modelling of cascading effects and efficient response to disaster spreading in complex networks. Int. J. Critical Infrastructures 4(1/2), 46-62.
  9. D. Helbing (2010) Systemic Risks in Society and Economics. International Risk Governance Council (irgc).


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Note: Due to the new obligations and huge amount of work related with his change of universities and fields, Prof. Helbing was not involved in crowd management and control projects in 2007 and 2008.

 

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