1st International EPNet Workshop – July 2-3, 2015 3/6/2015

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1st International EPNet Workshop

Production and Distribution of Food during the Roman Empire: Economic and Political Dynamics

Date July 2-3, 2015

The “EPNet – Production and Distribution of Food during the Roman Empire: Economic and Political Dynamics” is an ERC Advanced Grant project aiming at setting up an innovative framework to investigate the mechanisms and characteristics of the commercial trade system during the Roman Empire.

The EPNet research team is focused on studying the Roman Empire economic system organisation and trade network by re-analysing existing empirical data through complex network analysis, model building, and computer simulation technologies. The objective is to create an interdisciplinary experimental laboratory for the exploration, validation and falsification of existing theories, and hopefully for the formulation of new ones.

This first EPNet international workshop aims in particular at identifying a common conceptual framework in order to discuss how quantitative methods and semantic-based data management techniques can improve the understanding of Roman epigraphic data.International experts from the main EPNet research areas are invited to present state-of-the-art research, tendencies and opportunities, while sharing and discussing the main guidelines of the current EPNet working plan in order to get possibly useful insights and recommendations for a successful project development.

The 2 days workshop is organised in four sessions, according to the major research areas involved in the project:

Session 1: Theories on Roman economy and trade

Coordinator: José Remesal (CEIPAC, UB)

Session 2: Knowledge representation and data management for humanities (KR&DM4H)

Coordinador: Alessandro Mosca (SIRIS Lab, Research Division of SIRIS Academic)

Session 3: Quantitative Methods in Archaeology

Coordinator: Xavier Rubio (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

Session 4: Studying the past under a complex network perspective

Coordinator: Albert Díaz-Guilera (PhysComp2, UB)

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