COVID-19 Research

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Given the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting the important contributions of NetSI researchers. The institute has leading experts in infectious disease modeling who have been working closely with public health agencies and government leaders to help manage this crisis. This page will be routinely updated, so please check back soon.

NetSI activities on COVID-19
Advising policy, government, and health care officials 
Major projects led by NetSI researchers


January 18th, 2021 |  Latest report on testing delays and update on public support for COVID-19 measures at

December 1st, 2020 |  New Survey Shows How Effects Of COVID-19 Got So Bad In The U.S. David Lazer shares findings with NPR.

November 23rd, 2020 |  Dr. David Scrase (New Mexico's Secretary of Health and Human Services), Prof. Sam Scarpino (Northeastern University), Sara Del Valle (Los Alamos National Laboratory), with moderator Julia Goldberg (Santa Fe Reporter) discuss: How has New Mexico responded with evidence and modeling to the current COVID-19 pandemic? on Santa Fe Council on International Relations channel.

November 14th, 2020 |  Newest report on COVID states changes in health-related behaviors in Massachusetts.

October 19, 2020 |  Samuel Scarpino gives a talk on COVID-19 Dynamics & Evolution. This meeting features cutting-edge research on COVID-19 epidemiology, modeling, and evolution selected from abstracts submitted by the scientific community.

October 8, 2020 |  Dr. Sandra Nelson, an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Samuel Scarpino weighed in on the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts on WGBH News.

September 30, 2020 |  Mention of COVID-19 modeling from Northeastern University in a "A three-part plan to eliminate Covid-19" by Bill Gates.

September 24, 2020 |  NBC News mention of Alessandro Vespignani on COVID-19 in "Vindicated Covid-19 models warn pandemic is far from over" piece.

September 20, 2020 |  Samuel Scarpino spoke at the UrbanNet2020 satellite on how hierarchical population structure and mobility have shaped COVID-19 epidemic.

September 17, 2020 |  A new paper has been published in CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases "Early Insights from Statistical and Mathematical Modeling of Key Epidemiologic Parameters of COVID-19". The paper is in collaboration with the CDC and the WHO.

September 15, 2020 | New MOBS Lab research, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been featured in the Financial Times, CNBC, and National Geographic.

September 14, 2020 | The Dallas Morning News featuring Alessandro Vespignani on travel patters and virus transmission.

August 27, 2020 | Alessandro Vespignani was the closing keynote speaker at the 26th SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. The keynote was titled "Computational Epidemiology at the time of COVID-19"

August 26, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino participates in the "Fighting a pandemic: convergence of expertise, data science and policy" KDD2020 panel.

August 24, 2020 | New preprint on the subject of unintended consequences of inconsistent pandemic control policies from Samuel V. Scarpino and others.

August 12, 2020 | Mathematical Models in Understanding COVID-19 talk by Samuel V. Scarpino here.

August 3, 2020 | Latest update on The State of the Nation: a 50-State COVID-19 Survey report on testing.

July 26, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino's remarks on COVID-19 in the Boston Globe.

July 22, 2020 | Alessandro Vespignani and Matteo Chinazzi join COVID-19 Observatory, an MIT collaboration with the World Bank.

July 17, 2020 | Updated report on mobility, commuting, and contact patterns across the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak by the MOBS lab. View it here.

July 10, 2020 | The State of The Nation: A 50-state COVID-19 survey, a multi-university collaboration project can be found here.

July 9, 2020 | NetSI researchers contributed to the new publication studying the early (cryptic) phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. You can view the publication here.

July 5, 2020 | The New York Times special report on COVID-19. View the 4-page special section here.

More updates


Network comparison and the within-ensemble graph distance
The Royal Society Publishing
November 4, 2020
Isotopy and energy of physical networks
Nature Physics
October 19, 2020
The Oxford Handbook of Networked Communication
Oxford University Press
February 21, 2020
Synthetic ablations in the C. elegans nervous system
Network Neuroscience
November 15, 2019
The Universal Decay of Collective Memory and Attention
Nature Human Behavior
December 10, 2018
Returners and explorers dichotomy in human mobility
Nature Communications
September 8, 2015

News & Media

How the Virus WonHow the Virus Won
The New York Times
Jun 25, 2020