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Researchers tracking Ebola’s spread win first Aspen Institute Italia Award

[alt blurb:] North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani led an inter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to track the spread of Ebola in Liberia. The Aspen Insti­tute award, Vespig­nani says, “is intended to foster the idea of sci­ence without bor­ders, sci­ence as a global endeavor. Its themes align closely with those of Northeastern.”

August 24, 2011 -  Alessandro Vespignani, distinguished professor of physics.

Underreporting of Zika is rife; researchers project epidemic’s spread

A team led by North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the dis­parity between the number of reported cases and the number of pro­jected cases of this largely asymp­to­matic dis­ease. The results will help coun­tries in the Amer­icas plan a response.


Northeastern researchers examine the Zika pandemic

As the Zika virus con­tinues its inex­orable spread, a panel of fac­ulty mem­bers dis­cussed how they—and by exten­sion we—can be part of the global solution.

04/06/16 - BOSTON, MA. -  Scenes during the Zika virus discussion held in 909 Renaissance Park at Northeastern University on April 6, 2016. Panelists included, Brook K. Baker, JD Professor of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, School of Law, Alessandro Vespignani, PhD Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics, College of Science, and Richard Wamai, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

What social media data could tell us about the future

Can a flow of infor­ma­tion across Twitter signal when a momen­tous event is about to occur? Northeastern’s Alessandro Vespig­nani and an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of sci­en­tists devel­oped a method to find out. Their find­ings rep­re­sent an ini­tial step in con­structing models to detect trouble before it’s too late.


World-​​renowned scholars launch Northeastern’s Network Science Institute

The Net­work Sci­ence Insti­tute, home of the nation’s first doc­toral pro­gram in net­work sci­ence, brings together an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of renowned North­eastern scholars to plumb the struc­ture and func­tion of sys­tems and develop inter­ven­tion strate­gies to improve the health and secu­rity of people around the world.

11/04/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Members of the Northeastern community celebrated the opening of the Northeastern University Network Science Institute during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at 177 Huntington Ave. on Nov. 4, 2015. President Joseph E. Aoun, Alessandro Vespignani, and Albert László Barabási gave remarks. Photo by: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Should we be worried about the plague?

California’s Depart­ment of Public Health announced that a child con­tracted the plague after vis­iting Yosemite National Park in July, the third reported case this year. With the plague’s recent return to the news, we took a look at some myths and truths about the centuries-​​old disease.

With the plague’s recent return to the news, we took a look at some myths and truths about the centuries-old disease.

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.

Alex Vespignani

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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