Dr. Baruch Barzel




I received my Ph.D. in physics from the Hebrew University in 2011 and proceeded to pursue my postdoctoral studies at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University and at the Channing Division of Network Medicine of the Harvard medical School, under the guidance of Prof. A.-L. Barabasi. Joining the mathematics department of Bar-Ilan University in 2014, I now head the Complex Network Dynamic lab, where we aim to construct a theory of Network Dynamics. Indeed, from sub-cellular biology to the Internet, networks capture the architecture behind complex system behavior. They map the pathways that channel genetic information between cellular components, spread viruses among linked computers and help information, malicious or benign, propagate between individuals. But the network is just the static architecture underlying these rich dynamics. How does this structure translate into dynamic behavior?

At the Complex Network Dynamics lab we translate structure into function. Predicting how signals spread along network pathways, uncovering the network components that contribute to the system’s stability and resilience and detecting the nodes and links that enable information to flow throughout the system. Our ultimate goal is to systematically use complex network data to understand, predict and control its observed behavior. So, what can your network do?