How to battle disease using Big Data

When it comes to fighting dis­eases in the 21st cen­tury, Big Data is becoming an inte­gral weapon. At the fore­front of this battle is world-​​​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, who […]

3Qs: The aid response to Nepal

Nepal’s “harsh geog­raphy” will make the rescue and human­i­tarian aid efforts in response to the dev­as­tating earth­quake rather chal­lenging, but tech­nology and social media are improving the effi­ciency of these efforts, says North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Ozlem Ergun, an expert in large-​​scale networks.

New algorithm gives credit where credit is due

Assigning credit for sci­ence papers with mul­tiple authors can some­times be a chal­lenge. But a paper from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research offers a new way to allo­cate this credit.

Groundbreaking research maps cultural history

New research from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research presents a pio­neering approach to under­standing Euro­pean and North Amer­ican cul­tural his­tory by map­ping out the mobility pat­terns of notable intel­lec­tuals over a 2,000-year span.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Twitter in the city

A couple weeks ago I wrote a story about some work related to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that net­work sci­en­tists in David Lazer’s lab are working on. They’re asking Android […]

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Guest Post: The one billion map

Ear­lier this month, the Obama admin­is­tra­tion announced its plan to put $100 mil­lion toward building a net­work map of the human brain. World leading net­work sci­en­tist and North­eastern Dis­tin­guished Professor […]

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How to be a good gossip…or at least a good computational modeler

Here are two things that shouldn’t sur­prise you: Our past expe­ri­ences deter­mine our future behav­iors and our social inter­ac­tions are con­stantly changing. When it comes to humans oper­ating in the […]

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Polling in the new era of Italian politics

In late Feb­ruary, some­thing hap­pened to the Italian gov­ern­ment that had never hap­pened before: a hung par­lia­ment. After 75 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion turned out to vote, it took two […]

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The social side of Sandy

When dis­aster strikes, we rely on our social net­works for sup­port. During hur­ri­cane Sandy, neigh­bors helped neigh­bors by sharing elec­trical power with those who’d lost it or removing tree limbs […]

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.

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.

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Stats goes cool

On Friday I got to pre­tend I was a stu­dent again. I sat in on Auroop Ganguly’s grad­uate class, Applied Time Series and Spa­tial Sta­tis­tics for the second of two guest […]

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Guest Post: More debate analysis from Twitter

Debate season is an exciting time for pro­fessor David Lazer’s lab, and I’m delighted to be able to bring you more analysis from their team. This time, research assis­tant pro­fessor Yu-​​​​Ru […]