Director: Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor, Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
The Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), directed by Professor Barabasi, has a simple objective: think networks. The center’s research focuses on how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve; and how networks impact on understanding of complex systems. To understand networks, CCNR’s research has developed to rather unexpected areas. Certain studies include the topology of the www – showing that webpages are on average 19 clicks form each other; complex cellular network inside the cell-looking at both metabolic and genetic networks; the Internet’s Achilles’ Heel. The center’s researchers have even ventured to study how actors are connected in Hollywood.