Alessandro Vespignani

Sternberg Family Distinguished Professor & Director
Location: 1010 - 177 (177 Huntington Ave), Boston, MA 02111

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter and Biological Physics

Publications

About

Alessandro Vespignani research activity is focused on the study of “techno-social” systems, where infrastructures composed of different technological layers are interoperating within the social component that drives their use and development. In this context we aim at understanding how the very same elements assembled in large number can give rise…

Alessandro Vespignani research activity is focused on the study of “techno-social” systems, where infrastructures composed of different technological layers are interoperating within the social component that drives their use and development. In this context we aim at understanding how the very same elements assembled in large number can give rise – according to the various forces and elements at play – to different macroscopic and dynamical behaviors, opening the path to quantitative computational approaches and forecasting power.

The main research lines pursued at the moment are:

  • Develop analytical and computational models for the co-evolution and interdependence of large-scale social, technological and biological networks.
  • Modeling contagion processes in structured populations.
  • Developing predictive computational tools for the analysis of the spatial spread of emerging diseases.
  • Analyze the dynamics and evolution of information and social networks.
  • Model the adaptive behavior of social systems.

Prof. Vespignani is a joint appointment between the College of Science, the College of Computer and Information Science, and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Sternberg Family Distinguished Professor & Director Vespignani in the news

Alessandro Vespignani speaks to a crowd in a room

Researchers use Twitter to track the flu in real time

An international team led by Northeastern’s Alessandro Vespignani has developed a unique computational model that uses Twitter to project the spread of the seasonal flu in real time. With it, public health agencies can plan ahead, allocating medical resources and launching preventative care campaigns.

Underreporting of Zika is rife; researchers project epidemic’s spread

New research from Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani finds that the number of reported Zika cases in the U.S. may be just the tip of the iceberg due to widespread underreporting. The study also models the predicted spread of Zika across the Americas through 2017.

In the News: Does The Olympics In Rio Put The World In Danger Of Zika?

Sternberg Distinguished University Professor Alessandro Vespignani tells NPR that he doesn't believe Zika poses a big enough risk to move the Olympic games out of Rio this summer.
Alessandro Vespignani: Fighting Diseases in the Age of Big Data

Northeastern researchers examine the Zika pandemic

As the Zika virus continues its inexorable spread, a panel of faculty members discussed how they—and by extension we—can be part of the global solution.