Jorge Louçã

Jorge Louçã 2010 I teach Computer Science at the ISCTE-IUL - Lisbon University Institute, where I run the Master and Doctoral Programmes in Complexity Sciences. My PhD is in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Paris-Dauphine and the University of Lisbon. I coordinate The Observatorium research team and my research interests concern modelling complex social systems through intensive data collection and analysis. I'm particularly interested by knowledge generation models in large-scale communication networks. I'm also concerned by organising the Complex Systems research community, namelly regarding the Conferences in Complex Systems (ECCS and CCS), and the CS Curriculum Working Group of the CSS. Recently I participated in the creation of the UNESCO Unitwin network for the Complex Systems Digital Campus, involving institutions from Africa, Latin America and Europe. (contract short bio)


Academic Programs





PhD Students

  • José António Silva - "Emergent topic detection in scientific research", on-going
  • Bruno Gaminha - "Economic narratives", on-going
  • António Fonseca - "Mecanismos de Popularidade e Difusão de Informação em Redes Sociais" (document in portuguese), completed and aproved in April 2015
  • David Rodrigues - "Reading the News Through its Structure: New Hybrid Connectivity Based Approaches", completed and aproved in March 2014

Organisation of Events

  • “No limite do (im)possível”, Arrábida Monastery, Setúbal, 30 June and 1 July, 2014
  • UNESCO UniTwin CS-DC: Science, Policy, and Applications, CS-DC Kickoff e-Meeting at ECCS’14, September 25th, 2014
  • Complex Systems Digital Campus: Science, Policy, and Applications, Satellite Meeting at the ECCS'13 - European Conference on Complex Systems, Barcelona, 19 September 2013
  • Media Opinion Dynamics Conference – ICT applications to Non-Equilibrium Social Sciences, ISCTE-IUL Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, 11-12 June 2013
  • Opening the Cloud, 2011 ASSYST Meeting on Cloud Computing - Institut des Systèmes Complexes, Paris - January 31, 2011
  • ECCS'10 European Conference on Complex Systems, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, September 13-17, 2010
  • 2nd Complexity Sciences Winter School 2009 "Formal approaches for the representation and analysis of social network structures", ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, January 11-15, 2010
  • 2nd ICC Winter Workshop on Complexity in Social Systems, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, January 10, 2009
  • 1st Complexity Sciences Winter School 2009 "Social structures in communication networks", ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, January 5-10 , 2009
  • 1st ICC Workshop on Complexity in Social Systems, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, January 11-12, 2008
  • "The notions of emergence in physical and social sciences", Arrábida Monastery, Setúbal, 7, 8 and 9 July 2009


  • Structures of meaning in communication networks - with António Fonseca and the students at the Doctoral and Master Programs in Complexity Sciences, 2012-...
  • éToile Platform, 2014-...
  • NESS - "Non-Equilibrium Social Science in ICT and Economics", European Coordination Action 2011-1014
  • ÉtoileCascadesIdeas - "Enhanced Technology for Open Intelligent Learning Environments", European Coordination Action 2010-2014
  • "Physics of Competition and Conflicts" - ESF COST Action MP0801, 2010-2012
  • ASSYST - "Action for the Science of Complex Systems and Socially Intelligent ICT", European Coordination Action, 2008-2012

ISCTE-IUL Lisbon University Institute
cacifo 296 (main building)
room D609 (building II)
Av.das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisboa