The Network Science Institute was born out of our commitment to explore the universality and predictability of systems to discover their function; and to develop intervention strategies to improve the health and security of human populations.
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The PhD program in Network Science at Northeastern University is a new interdisciplinary program that provides technical tools and concepts for understanding the structure and dynamics of networks across diverse domains, such as human behavior, socio-technical infrastructures, and biological agents. Students have the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent network scientists in the world while participating in cutting edge research activities.
Network Science is deeply interdisciplinary, yet shares a common technical and conceptual core. Our PhD students develop expertise in these core concepts, and gain exposure to network science researchers across a wide range of fields, including computer science, information science, complexity, physics, sociology, communication, organizational behavior, political science, and epidemiology.
Northeastern University is a world leader in Network Science, with prominent faculty in the field such as Albert- László Barabási, Alessandro Vespignani, David Lazer, Tina Eliassi-Rad and numerous affiliated faculty, centers and labs with scores of researchers. A key element of the program involves careful mentoring from these faculty and immediate involvement in the cutting edge research taking place at the Institute. Formal concentrations of study integrate the student into Northeastern’s disciplinary domains, including physical sciences, social science, health science, or computer and information sciences. Our approach to interdisciplinary learning is to provide a core technical and theoretical foundation, after which the student is offered lab rotations and self-directed exploration of Network Science applications and mentorship.