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Alessandro Vespignani

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University

Dr. Vespignani is currently Sternberg Family Distinguished University
Professor at Northeastern University where he is the founding director
of the Northeastern Network Science Institute. Prof. Vespignani
received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics, from the
University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He completed his postdoctoral
research at Yale University and Leiden University. Prof. 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). From 2004 to
2011, Vespignani was J.H.Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing
at Indiana University and the founding Director of the Center for
Complex Networks and Systems Research and Associate Director of the
Pervasive Technology Institute. Vespignani is elected fellow of the
American Physical Society, member of the Academy of Europe, and fellow
of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard
University. Recently Vespignani’s research activity focuses on the
data-driven computational modeling of epidemic and spreading phenomena
and the study of biological, social and technological networks.


  • 2011–present
    Distinguished University Professor, College Of Computer and Information Sciences , Northeastern University
  • 2011–present
    Distinguished University Professor, Bouve' College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
  • 2011–present
    Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics, Northeastern University
  • 2004–2011
    Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University


Fellow American Physical Society; Member of the Academy of Europe;