Network performance

how groups coordinate, seek knowledge, optimize and reach success

This work focuses on the social dynamics of knowledge exchange and learning that drive collaboration, collective intelligence, and discovery. Most problem-solving tasks are carried out in group or team settings, and require complex interactions that involve cognitive, social and informational exchange. The goal is to develop rigorous models and techniques to understand how groups reach consensus, achieve breakthroughs, and perform in groups.

Featured publications

Nature’s reach: narrow work has broad impact

Alexander J. Gates, Qing Ke, Onur Varol, Albert-László Barabási
Nature
November 7, 2019

The chaperone effect in scientific publishing

Vedran Sekara, Pierre Deville, Sebastian E. Ahnert, Albert-László Barabási, Roberta Sinatra, and Sune Lehmann
PNAS
December 11, 2018

A structural transition in physical networks

Nima Dehmamy, Soodabeh Milanlouei & Albert-László Barabási
Nature
November 28, 2018

Recent publications

Nature’s reach: narrow work has broad impact

Alexander J. Gates, Qing Ke, Onur Varol, Albert-László Barabási
Nature
November 7, 2019

Scale-free Networks Well Done

Ivan Voitalov, Pim van der Hoorn, Remco van der Hofstad, and Dmitri Krioukov
Phys. Rev. Research
October 18, 2019

Success in books: predicting book sales before publication

Xindi Wang, Burcu Yucesoy, Onur Varol, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Albert-László Barabási
EPJ Data Science
October 17, 2019

The chaperone effect in scientific publishing

Vedran Sekara, Pierre Deville, Sebastian E. Ahnert, Albert-László Barabási, Roberta Sinatra, and Sune Lehmann
PNAS
December 11, 2018

A structural transition in physical networks

Nima Dehmamy, Soodabeh Milanlouei & Albert-László Barabási
Nature
November 28, 2018
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Featured news coverage

Why Experts Reject Creativity

The Atlantic, October 2014

Featured project

The Science of Success project focuses on developing measures and methods to model and predict success in a range of settings that have quantifiable indicators of performance (e.g., science, sports, software development). Driven by the hypothesis that success is not an individual phenomenon, but rather a collective one, we use large-scale data sets to identify patterns of career paths, individual and team performance, and the dynamics of impact and attribution. Findings offer actionable information towards a quantitative evaluation of success in a diverse range of competitive settings, from science to sports to software development.

Major funders

DARPA, Army Research Office, AFOSR