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Premise and main goals of the E-Laboratory

The collaboration of many individuals is generally considered a feature of collective intelligence (a). This however, does not necessarily mean that they share a cognitive stance. Intelligence can be exhibited by a network of different individuals, whereby successful actions depend on the activities of the entire network (b). Furthermore, the conjunction of the social network and its environment is by no means secondary. The environment, in fact, is not a passive entity. It can be dynamically shaped by the actions of (ICT-supported) intelligent behaviour. The information (knowledge) embodied in the set of tangible (and intangible) human artefacts are themselves vehicle for more successful/novel human actions (c). Insofar as environment itself can be a source for intelligent behaviours (i.e. allowing human failures, avoiding risks, preserving identity, etc.), collective intelligence is dependent upon the situated beings in the world (d).

Increasing the capability to deal with the kind of processes mentioned sub a., b, c and d, is a main challenge learning human organizations have to face for steering their evolution trajectories towards more viable and socially desirable outcome. Within the roadmap of the COMPLEXITY SCIENCE- DIGITAL CAMPUS the goal of the E-Laboratory is to contribute growing this capability. It will build upon the asset of the partners' expertise while seeing to developing the relationships with other research centres and organizations interested in addressing the different issues situated collective intelligence.

The E-Laboratory activities main focus is the enhancement of a system capability to devise projective actions in order to shape more socially, environmentally, economic and institutionally viable developmental paths. Some descriptive tags of these activities are mentioned in Table 1 according to the e-Laboratory key dimensions.

Key Dimensions of the E-Laboratory Tags
1. Situated Local, Global
2. Collective Coordination, Competition, Collaboration..
3. Intelligence Information, Learning, Control, Education, Decision Making
4. Complex Multi-Level Structures, Self-Organisation, Micro-macro, Emergence, Knowledge Variety, Cloud computing, IoT
5. Societies Human Life, Human Behaviours, Organised Institutions, Anticipatory Governance

The Piedmont region as a source and a testbed for the E-Lab

Over the last decade a number of Piedmont institutions have been progressively involved in ICT large scale applications and complexity oriented studies. Several experiences have been carried out and ICT based expertise accumulated which link scientific, policy and lay knowledge. This makes Piedmont a unique system environment where a CS-DC e-Laboratory can be established.

It includes research centres, university departments and consortia, of international relevance, displaying a relatively wide set of competences, dealing with ICT infrastructures and tools, large scale data management, computer science and social systems. f.h.o. Be.Compl.Ex@Unito: Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica “Cognetti de Martiis”and Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche).

The activities of these institutions cover facets of human organizations which have an increasingly important role in the upgrading of existing socio-technical systems and/or in the establishment of new ones. Enhancing their collaboration in an e-Laboratory, therefore, will contribute significantly to the Piedmont regional system innovation, while reinforcing the links with the international community. For the larger CS-DC community, the Piedmont e-Laboratory can represent an in-vivo open platform for testing ICT/complexity based applications in situated contexts.


  • CPM - Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University;
  • CSI-Piemonte - Piedmont Consortium for Information System;
  • CSP - Innovazione nelle ICT - Centre for Excellence for ICT Research and Development;
  • IRES Piemonte - Socio Economic Research Institute of Piedmont;
  • ISI Foundation - Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation;
  • TOP-IX - Torino Piemonte Internet Exchange;
  • UNITO-Be.Compl.Ex@Unito - Research Centre on Behavioural, Complexity and Experimental Economics at the University of Turin;

Pivotal Topics


Upcoming events

El@b seminars 2015

Past events

  • Analysis and valorisation of data related to IT services delivered by Public Administration, Matteo Delfino, Lagrange Project, Ires, Turin, February 25th, 2014

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding of the E-lab for Situated Collective Intelligence
21 December, 2013

1. Purpose and Scope
This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) forms the basis of the constitution of the E-lab for Situated Collective Intelligence. It is part of the Complex Systems Digital Campus ( and involves institutions with different expertise in ICT-based research and applications. The purpose of the E-Lab is to enhance system capability for devising projective actions in situated contexts, such as regional and local communities, in order to support more socially, environmentally, economic and institutionally viable developmental paths.
The E-Lab activities will be policy oriented, with a strong emphasis on application, and on the possibilities to leverage the various ICT based tools for improving the whole policy production process. This MoU is not a contractual document and does not impose any legal obligation on any party. The overall relationship described by the MoU is a voluntary arrangement. The MoU is independent of any other agreements signed by or between the organisations concerned.

2. Organisation
The E-Lab is a multi-agency partnership and partners can change over time. A list of the partners is included in the last section of this document and records the range of representative participants. The list will be updated every year or whenever changes in the partnership and representatives occur. All partners contributing to the E-Lab are asked to commit to this MoU.

3. Governance Groups
Two governance groups are in charge of the E-Lab:
A Steering Committee sees to the functioning and agenda setting of the E-Lab activities. It can include all the representative participants, but in case of voting only one representative from each partners is allowed to vote.
It is assumed that the representative participants have been given the auth People from the local society can be invited to join the Steering Committee, upon agreement by the E-Lab partners.
The Steering Committee will meet, whenever necessary and at least, every 4 months.
A Scientific Committee provides advice and stimuli to the E-Lab research activities. It consists of 5-10 representatives from the different continents, invited by the Steering Committee. They are in charge for three years.

4. Objectives and responsibilities of the Partnership
The aim of the E-Lab is to improve the design and delivery policy oriented activities, by exchanging data, methodological tools and expertise and by working in partnership, to maximise the benefits to the community.
Two main activity domains have been identified:

  • one dealing with the approaches, tools, techniques, which are to be developed and tested. The E-Lab is therefore expected to be a repository for selected experiences, while providing orientations for novel ones;
  • the other addressing the most sensitive policy fields, where, in each situated context, the need to apply the above mentioned “menu” is more urgent.

The scope of activities under this Memorandum will be determined by funds available at each institution and by other financial assistance obtained from external sources.
Financial arrangements for collaborative research and training activities set up under the framework of this Memorandum will be governed by the specific formal agreements.

5. Values of the Partnership
The partnership relationship are based on the following values:

  • Equality;
  • Mutual respect and trust;
  • Open and transparent communications;
  • Co-operation and consultation;
  • A commitment to being positive and constructive;
  • A willingness to work with and learn from others;
  • A shared commitment to providing excellent knowledge services to the community;
  • A desire to make the best use of resources.

Collaboration is a fundamental value of the E-Lab. Being a partner means primarily to engage in the activities of the E-laboratory.
Should a partner not contribute to the E-lab acitivities, the Steering Committee will take care of the situation.

6. Joining the E-Laboratory
Public and Private organizations, as well as individual researchers, can join the E-lab, by making a request to the Steering Committee. Coherence between the applicant's profile and E-Lab goals will be the main criterium for acceptance. The applicant is requested to subscribe the MoU.

7. Roles and Responsibilities
All the participants agree in contributing to the E-Lab their research outputs and, at the same time, to disseminate the E-Lab concept in the research activities they carry out.
The partners will make appropriate internal arrangements to promote and encourage the development of the cooperation relationship.
It is the responsibility for all partners involved within the E-Lab to share and inform about funding opportunities.

8. Communications
The E-Lab partners commit to communicating openly and constructively and to sharing good practice.
They agree that they will consult and co-operate together in order to achieve the maximum benefits for the community they belong to and for the larger one formed by the Complex Systems Digital Campus.
The parties also commit, so far is as reasonably possible, to communicating relevant information regarding progress to wider set of stakeholders and interested parties.

9. Duration and amendments of the MoU
The MoU is designed to cover the period during which the E-Lab is operating and is effective from the date of signing which will correspond with the date the model is agreed.
The MoU will be reviewed annually or earlier if required. Any changes will be mutually agreed and signed by the Partners. Once approved, amendments should be attached as annexes to the original MoU.
The MoU will be published on the Complex Systems Digital Campus website (

10. List of Partners and participants
We the undersigned, as authorised signatories of the E-Lab partners, have read and accepted the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Organisations Participant name Role Contact Date
CPM – Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University
CSI Piemonte – Piedmont consortium for Information System
CSP Innovazione nelle ICT scarl- Centre for Excellence for ICT Research and Development Gian Luca Matteucci
Michela Pollone
Head of Living Lab Unit
International Affair Manager
IRES Piemonte - Socio Economic Research Institute of Piedmont Sylvie Occelli
Simone Landini
Elena Poggio
Alessandro Sciullo
Head of Research Unit
Research manager
ISI Foundation - Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation Ciro Cattuto
Daniela Paolotti
Head of Research Unit
TOP-IX - Torino Piemonte Internet Exchange Lorenzo Benussi
Edgardo Merighi
Head of Research Unit
UNITO-Be.Compl.Ex@Unito - Research Centre on Behavioural, Complexity and Experimental Economics, the University of Turin

NEWS - El@b seminars 2015

The E-lab on Collective Situated Intelligence is organising a cycle of seminars focused on methodological and theoretical issues related to the study of complexity in social phenomena.

At the moment two dates have been scheduled:

  • Franco Vaio (Ph.D. School in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity, Bergamo University, Italy)

Title of the seminar: "From the mathematization of neoclassical economy to quantum physics in cognitive processes. Certainties and crisis of the idea of rationality: from 'Homo Oeconomicus' to quantum models of mind."
Date: March 19, 2015 - 14.30
Venue : Ires Piemonte, Via Nizza 18, Turin, Italy

  • Matteo Morini (IXXI, Institut Rhônalpin des Systemes Complexes, ENS Lyon - LIP, INRIA, UMR 5668, ENS de Lyon 69364 Lyon)

Title of the seminar: "Bridgeness: a novel centrality measure to detect global bridges"
Date: May 12, 2015 - 15.00
Venue : Campus Luigi Einaudi (Room 3d136), Lungo Dora Siena, 100, 10153 Torino

Click here to see the abstracts of the presentations and any further information about El@b seminars 2015

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