Alessandro Vespignani

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor: Interdisciplinary with College of Science

Current Research Projects

  • Developing analytical and computational models for the co-evolution and interdependence of large-scale social, technological and biological networks.
  • Developing predictive computational tools for the analysis of the spatial spread of emerging diseases.
  • Analyzing the dynamics and evolution of information and social networks.
  • Modeling the adaptive behavior of social systems.

Research Interests

Prof. Vespignani’s research activity focuses on the interdisciplinary application of statistical and numerical simulation methods in the study of biological, social and technological networks. For several years he has been working on the characterization and modeling of complex networks. He is now focusing his research activity in modeling the spatial spread of epidemics, including the realistic and data-driven computational modeling of emerging infectious diseases, the resilience of complex networks and the collective behavior of techno-social systems


  • PhD in Physics, University of Rome “La Sapeinza” Laura cum lode in Theoretical Physics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

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Alessandro Vespignani is the Sternberg Distinguished University Professor. Vespignani has interdisciplinary appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science, College of Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern, he was J.H.Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and serving as the Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and the Associate Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute (2004-2011). Vespignani worked at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste and at the University of Paris-Sud in France as a member of the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) before moving to Indiana University in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics and both from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He carried out postdoctoral research at Yale University and Leiden University.

Prof. Vespignani is serving in the editorial board of several journals and is editor in Chief of EPJ Data Science (Springer). He is president elected of the Complex Systems Society, and in the board of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation. Vespignani is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, elected member of the Academy of Europe, and fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University.

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