Albert-László Barabási

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor: Interdisciplinary with College of Science

Distinguished University Professor Albert-László Barabási, a member of the College of Computer and Information Science and the Departments of Physics and Biology, directs Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research. He also is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Professor Barabási holds a master’s degree in theoretical physics from Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary, and a PhD from Boston University. He came to Northeastern in 2007 from the University of Notre Dame, where he had held the Emil T. Hofman Chair since 2001.

Professor Barabási’s research led to the discovery of scale-free networks and the Barabasi-Albert model explaining their widespread emergence in natural, technological, and social systems ranging from cell phones to the World Wide Web and online communities. His work on complex networks has received widespread media attention, including the covers of Nature, Science News, and many other journals. He also has been featured in publications such as Science, The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, American Scientist, Discover, Business Week, Die Zeit, El Pais, Le Monde, London’s Daily Telegraph, National Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New Scientist,and La Republica, as well as in BBC Radio, National Public Radio, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and NBC interviews.

Professor Barabási is the author of the book Linked: The New Science of Networks, currently available in eleven languages. He is also the co-author of Fractal Concepts in Surface Growth and the co-editor of The Structure and Dynamics of Networks.

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