future directions OF network science

Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) identifies important areas of research that are most likely to transform future technology capabilities over the next 20 years.  The topic of the most recent meeting was Network Science, for which the Network Science Institute’s co-founder, Albert-Laszlo Barabási and the Institute’s Director, Alessandro Vespignani, were designated as Chairs.

The Future Directions of Network Science Workshop was held in September, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Twenty-five of the world’s top network science researchers and ten government scientists gathered together, representing dozens of Universities, agencies, and scientific disciplines. For two days, we engaged in energetic dialogue about the promises and challenges of this emerging field, and worked together to map the trajectory of network science research over the next 5, 10, and 20 year horizon.  The report here summarizes the major insights and themes that resulted from the meeting.

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