Game analytics reveals games’ hidden impact

The rapid growth of mobile devices and big data is changing how inter­ac­tive games are devel­oped, sold, and played. Now, a new book from North­eastern fac­ulty lays the foun­da­tion for one of the world’s most rapidly inno­vating fields.

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.

Data mining in a complex world

The real world is an enor­mously com­plex net­work in which every­thing is inter­con­nected. Assis­tant pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence Yizhou Sun develops data-​​mining algo­rithms that take advan­tage of that complexity.

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.

Computers for crafting?

New assis­tant pro­fessor Gillian Smith is bringing together her inter­ests in crafting and game design to change the way we think about com­puter science.