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.

Brilliant and motivated, but a good hire?

World-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Albert László Barabási was installed as the inau­gural Robert Gray Dodge Pro­fessor of Net­work Sci­ence on Monday, when he deliv­ered a lec­ture high­lighting his research on the “sci­ence of success.”

When healthy habits become risky business

People tend to adopt risky behav­iors after get­ting vac­ci­nated against trans­mis­sible dis­eases, but how does this behavior affect the spread of infec­tions? In new research, North­eastern fac­ulty are taking a closer look.

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.

A kid in a network shop

Baruch Barzel, a post-​​doctoral research asso­ciate in the Center for Com­plex Net­work Sci­ence, answers some of the most fun­da­mental ques­tions about com­plex net­works. The answers sur­prised even him.

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.

You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours

Com­mu­ni­ties with strong mutu­al­istic inter­ac­tions tend to be more resilient, according to a new study by Fil­ippo Simini, a post­doc­toral research asso­ciate in Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research.

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.

A wiring diagram for disease

Baruch Barzel, a post­doc­toral researcher in world-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási’s lab, has worked out a method for map­ping the inter­ac­tions between cel­lular com­po­nents, moving the team a step closer in its quest to under­stand, pre­dict, and con­trol disease.

How to quantify success

Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research orga­nized a day­long sym­posia on the Sci­ence of Suc­cess on Monday, bringing together experts in fields ranging from busi­ness to physics.