Dr. Vespignani is currently Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University where he is the founding director of the Northeastern Network Science Institute. Prof. Vespignani received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics, from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He completed his postdoctoral research at Yale University and Leiden University. Prof. Vespignani worked at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste and at the University of Paris-Sud in France as a member of the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS). From 2004 to 2011, Vespignani was J.H.Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and the founding Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and Associate Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Vespignani is elected fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the Academy of Europe, and fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University. Recently Vespignani’s research activity focuses on the data-driven computational modeling of epidemic and spreading phenomena and the study of biological, social and technological networks.