Alessandro Vespignani is currently James H. Rudy Professor of Informatics and adjunct professor of Physics and Statistics at Indiana University where he is also the director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS). He has obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” After holding research positions at Yale University and Leiden University, he has been a member of the condensed matter research group at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste. Before joining Indiana University Vespignani has been a faculty of the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique at the University of Paris-Sud working for the French National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of which he is still member at large. Vespignani is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and is serving in the board/leadership of a variety of professional association and journals and the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Turin, Italy.
Vespignani research interests include non-equilibrium statistical physics, phase transitions and cooperative phenomena, material science, complex networks and systems, theoretical and computational biology. Recently Vespignani's studies 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. Vespignani is author of more than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals and the monographic texts Evolution and Structure of the Internet and Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks, both published by Cambridge University Press.
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Filippo Menczer is an associate professor of informatics and computer science, adjunct associate professor of physics, and a member of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a Laurea in Physics from the University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation, and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research in the IU School of Informatics, a Fellow-at-large of the Santa Fe Institute, and a Lagrange Senior Fellow at the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy. His research is supported by the NSF and focuses on Web, text, and data mining, social Web applications, distributed and intelligent Web information systems, and modeling of complex information networks.