Taming Complexity: From Network Science to Network Control

February 22, 2018
Albert-László Barabási, Professor of Network Science, Northeastern University


Albert-László Barabási is both 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 Computer Science,as well as in the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital, 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's latest book is Network Science (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also authored Linked: The New Science of Networks (Perseus, 2002), currently available in fifteen languages, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern behind Everything We Do (Dutton, 2010) available in five 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 Barabási-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 and awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is an elected Fellow in AAAS (Physics) and is a 2013 Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.