Alessandro Vespignani is Sternberg Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University with appointments in the College of Computer and Information Sciences, the Bouve' College of Health Sciences and the Department of Physics.
Prof. Vespignani received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics and both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," in 1990 and 1993 respectively. 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) before moving to Indiana University in 2004. Before joining Northeastern University Vespignani 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.
Vespignani has worked in a number of areas of non-equilibrium particle systems, statistical physics and computational sciences, including characterization of non-equilibrium phase transitions, fractal growth and self-organized criticality. Recently Vespignani’s research activity focuses on the interdisciplinary application of statistical and numerical simulation methods in the analysis of epidemic and spreading phenomena and the study of biological, social and technological networks. For several years he has been working on the characterization and modeling of the Internet, the WWW and large-scale information 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 behavior of techno-social systems.
Vespignani has published 130+ peer reviewed papers in top rated scientific journals, including Nature, Science and PNAS. He is author, together with Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, of the book Evolution and Structure of the Internet. Together with Alain Barrat and Marc Barthelemy he has published in 2008 the monograph Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks. Vespignani is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and the Academy of Europe. He is serving in the board/leadership of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation and a variety of professional association and journals.