Ph.D., University of Rome, 1994
Area(s) of Expertise
Theoretical Condensed Matter and Biological Physics
Alessandro Vespignani research activity is focused on the study of “techno-social” systems, where infrastructures composed of different technological layers are interoperating within the social component that drives their use and development. In this context we aim at understanding how the very same elements assembled in large number can give rise – according to the various forces and elements at play – to different macroscopic and dynamical behaviors, opening the path to quantitative computational approaches and forecasting power.
The main research lines pursued at the moment are:
- Develop analytical and computational models for the co-evolution and interdependence of large-scale social, technological and biological networks.
- Modeling contagion processes in structured populations.
- Developing predictive computational tools for the analysis of the spatial spread of emerging diseases.
- Analyze the dynamics and evolution of information and social networks.
- Model the adaptive behavior of social systems.
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The potential pandemic
In a recently released paper Alessandro Vespignani and his collaborators provide hard numbers regarding accidental escape of a lethal virus. And they aren’t good.
Network scientists lead congressional briefing
Network science has the potential to solve major national challenges in health, security, and sustainability, said two Northeastern University professors in a briefing on Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
An up-close look at network science
Alessandro Vespignani, a world-renowned expert in network science, was a guest on #sciencechat on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Local bioterrorism as a potential global threat
According to a new computer modeling research study from Northeastern University network scientist Alessandro Vespignani, when it comes to bioterrorist attacks, “diseases have no borders.”
Validation for Flu Prediction
As news of the latest outbreak is upon us, Vespignani and his colleagues recently published an article in the journal BMC Medicine that offers definitive proof of a strong agreement between the predictions and the real-life surveillance data collected in 2009.
Northeastern researcher elected president of the Complex Systems Society
The science of complex systems was born in the mid-20th century, but it has only recently begun to mature into a research field with real-world relevance.
Forecasting The Spread Of Emerging Diseases
If we can forecast the path of a hurricane or even the trajectory of a subatomic particle, why shouldn’t we also be able to forecast the spread of an emerging disease? That is the question Alessandro Vespignani, who was installed…
World-Renowned Statistical Physicist Alessandro Vespignani Is The Weatherman of Network Science
In 2009, the newly appointed Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics — with appointments in the College of Science, College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences — developed a computational model that accurately…