Big Data, Big Promises: The Next Generation of Conflict Forecasting

Zurich, Switzerland

The sixth dialogue event of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Risk Centre, titled 'Big Data, Big Promises: The Next Generation of Conflict Forecasting', will take place on 26 January 2018, at the main campus of ETH Zurich. 

The event addresses the challenges of forecasting armed conflict and other types of political instability. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Tension between analyses with massive data and machine learning algorithms on the one hand, and theoretical explanations on the other
  • How conflict, as a rare phenomenon, fundamentally limits forecasting efforts
  • Predictability of violent events

Participants will be able to evaluate and discuss the extent to which big data and machine learning offer means to improve one's capacity to predict such events.

For more information, visit the event website.