Networks & Complex Systems

Networks & Complex Systems is an interdisciplinary field that embraces the interconnectedness of our world, seeking to build systems that enhance engineering practices. By understanding and harnessing the power of complex networks, this research area enables the development of more effective and efficient solutions. It explores the intricate relationships and dynamics within systems, paving the way for innovative approaches that address real-world challenges and optimize the performance of various interconnected processes.

This interdisciplinary field utilizes engineering, mathematics, computation, and fundamental science to study complex systems composed of simple components. Embracing the idea that “the whole is more than the sum of its parts,” researchers integrate tools like AI, computation, algorithms, and decision making to address large-scale and complex problems. By innovating new approaches, this field enhances our understanding of economic, social, ecological, and biological systems, enabling advancements in healthcare, medicine, food production, environmental protection, and transportation. MIE researchers are at the forefront, investigating theoretical questions and developing integrative pathways to design and govern networks and complex systems that impact our daily lives.

Within the MIE department at Northeastern, we have a strong, talented group of researchers dedicated to Networks & Complex Systems.