Albert-László Barabási

Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science & Distinguished Professor: Interdisciplinary with College of Science

Current Research Projects

  • Controlling Networks
  • Science of Success
  • Sub-cellular networks and human diseases

Research Interests

Professor Barabási’s lab focuses on network science and its applications, exploring fundamental questions in complex systems. The tools come from the boundary of network science, control theory and statistical physics. The lab currently focuses on three main questions. Research on network biology explores the properties of sub-cellular networks, with applications to understanding human diseases. The lab network control merges the tools of control theory with that of network science, aiming to understand the controllability and control of complex systems. The group on science of success explores the network and non-network characteristics that contribute to the successful of a node, being a scientist in the scientific collaboration networks, or a webpage on the WWW.


  • MS in Theoretical Physics | Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary
  • PhD | Boston University

Google Scholar Page


Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded a Ph.D. three years later at Boston University. Barabási latest book is “Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do” (Dutton, 2010) available in five languages. He has also authored “Linked: The New Science of Networks” (Perseus, 2002), currently available in eleven languages, and is the co-editor of “The Structure and Dynamics of Networks” (Princeton, 2005). His work lead to the discovery of scale-free networks in 1999, and proposed the Barabasi-Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the WWW or online communities.

Barabási is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2005 he was awarded the FEBS Anniversary Prize for Systems Biology and in 2006 the John von Neumann Medal by the John von Neumann Computer Society from Hungary, for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology. In 2004 he was elected into the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in 2007 into the Academia Europaea. He received the C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation in 2008. In 2009 APS chose him Outstanding Referee and the US National Academies of Sciences awarded him the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize. In 2011 Barabási was awarded the Lagrange Prize-CRT Foundation for his contributions to complex systems, awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, became an elected fellow in AAAS (Physics), then in 2013 Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences and, just recently, the 2014 Prima Primissima Award for his contributions to network science by the Hungarian Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers.

CCIS Faculty

The brightest and most innovative in the industry