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Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences

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3Qs: Tracking the flu

North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani, a world-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist, is working to fore­cast the spread of the flu.


A new tool to follow Ebola news on Twitter

A new Web tool co-​​developed by net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani and his team at Northeastern’s MoBS Lab pulls Twitter men­tions of Ebola-​​related key­words and dis­plays them on an inter­ac­tive world map—allowing the public to follow the latest news and dis­cus­sion in real time.


What lights their fire

Four pro­fes­sors in the Col­lege of Sci­ence explained what drives their pas­sion for sci­ence and dis­covery at a campus event Thursday night.

What Lights My Fire

Big Data, innovative research

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern fac­ulty and stu­dents led inter­ac­tive demos and pre­sen­ta­tions show­casing research projects that leverage Big Data at the university’s sixth Pop Up Open Lab Expe­ri­ence and Recep­tion on Monday.

Making Sense of Big Data

Northeastern Ebola Experts

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty from mul­tiple dis­ci­plines bring their exper­tise to the Ebola crisis.


3Qs: Global impact of the Ebola outbreak

North­eastern pro­fessor and net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespignani—a world-​​renowned expert who has devel­oped com­pu­ta­tional models to pre­dict the spread of disease—discusses the recent out­break of Ebola virus in West Africa.

Ebola infographic 7.24.14

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.


The potential pandemic

What would happen if haz­ardous bio­log­ical research acci­den­tally escaped the lab? Alessandro Vespig­nani, a North­eastern pro­fessor and world-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist, con­ducted a com­pu­ta­tional exper­i­ment to find out.

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Network scientists lead congressional briefing

North­eastern pro­fes­sors David Lazer, an authority on social net­works, and Alessandro Vespig­nani, a world-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist, addressed mem­bers of the Com­mittee on Sci­ence, Space, and Tech­nology in a briefing on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.


Local bioterrorism as a potential global threat

In new research, net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani and his team show through com­pu­ta­tional mod­eling that a hypo­thet­ical attack involving smallpox may spread to two or four coun­tries before the first cases are ever diagnosed.

Alex Vespignani

Northeastern launches nation’s first doctoral program in network science

The pio­neering degree pro­gram, which will begin this fall, will focus on an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field that seeks to under­stand the under­lying com­plexity of var­ious systems.


3Qs: What to know about the new bird flu virus

Net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, who studies the spread of dis­eases, explains the pan­demic poten­tial of the emerging H7N9 bird flu and why it’s dif­ferent from past strains.

Alex Vespignani

Researchers transcend boundaries for science

At the world’s largest sci­ence con­fer­ence, North­eastern scholars urged inter­dis­ci­pli­nary com­mu­ni­ca­tion to develop solu­tions to the world’s greatest challenges.


Validation for flu prediction

In 2009, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani devel­oped a com­pu­ta­tional model that pre­dicted the spread of the H1N1 virus. Three years later, new studies show that these pre­dic­tions were highly accurate.

Alessandro Vespignani

Northeastern researcher elected president of the Complex Systems Society

Alessandro Vespig­nani, the Stern­berg Family Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of physics, com­puter sci­ence and health sci­ences, believes that com­plex sys­tems sci­ence has the poten­tial to solve real-​​world challenges.

Alex Vespignani

A new model for our ‘bursty behavior’

Albert-​​László Barabási and his col­leagues have devel­oped a new math­e­mat­ical algo­rithm that improves the pre­dic­tive power of human behav­ioral patterns

Laszlo Barabasi

What is network science?

Albert-​​​​László Barabási, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics, explains how he and his North­eastern col­leagues are exploring com­plex net­works that emerge in nature, sci­ence and technology.


3Qs: Understanding the potential impact of the H5N1 virus

Net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani dis­cusses the moti­va­tions for and impli­ca­tions of con­tro­ver­sial research that could yield a better under­standing of the spread of influenza viruses.

Allesandro Vespignani

Charting the new course of science mapping

North­eastern is hosting an exhibit that show­cases how map­makers today are exploring what it means to visu­alize sci­ence: its prin­ci­ples and interconnections.

Places & Spaces Exhibit

Forecasting the spread of emerging diseases

World-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist Alessandro Vespig­nani was installed as North­eastern University’s Stern­berg Family Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Physics on Tuesday in the Raytheon Amphitheater.

President Aoun with Alessandro Vespignani

World-​​renowned researcher elected to the Academy of Europe

Alessandro Vespig­nani, Northeastern’s newly appointed Stern­berg Family Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Physics, was rec­og­nized for his research on the spread of epidemics.

Photo by Christopher Huang.

Understanding complex networks

Net­work sci­en­tists David Lazer and Alessandro Vespig­nani are awarded a major grant for inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work ana­lyzing the inter­de­pen­dence of net­works in dif­ferent kinds of systems.

Photo illustration by Christopher Huang.

Forecasting the future of health and science

Alessandro Vespig­nani, a world-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist, has con­ducted land­mark research on the spread of viruses.

Photo by Christopher Huang.

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