Northeastern has several leading laboratories and centers in Network Science, with dozens of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, visiting faculty, and doctoral students. Labs and centers include:
The Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), directed by Professor Barabási, has a simple objective: think networks. The center’s research focuses on how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve; and how networks impact on understanding of complex systems, with applications ranging from the network of human diseases to controlling complex social, economical, and biological systems.
The laboratory is home to research projects aiming at developing innovative mathematical models and computational tools to better understand large-scale complex networks and systems. The laboratory, directed by Alessandro Vespignani, has joint affiliations with the Department of Physics, the Department of Health Sciences and the College of Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern University.
The laboratory’s research is based on the idea that how people and organizations are connected together is critical to understanding the functioning, success and failure of actors and systems and ranges from the very micro (social influence processes within groups), to the very macro (the development of global-wide regulatory regimes).
This Northeastern Center is organized around the dual themes of digital humanities and computational social science.