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Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

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Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and holds academic appointments in the Physics, Health Sciences, and Marine & Environmental Sciences departments. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into decision support and data science/AI tools across diverse sectors from public health and clinical medicine to real estate and energy. From 2017 to 2020, he was Chief Strategy Officer and head of data science at Dharma Platform, a social impact, technology startup. For his contributions to complex systems science, he was awarded the Junior Scientific Award by the Complex Systems Society and made a Fellow of the ISI Foundation in 2017.

Scarpino’s research spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, including: forecasting and predictive modeling, complex network analysis, epidemiology, genomics and transcriptomics, social networks, and decision making under uncertainty. Outside academia, he is a member of multiple World Economic Forum working groups, is a strategic advisor to technology startups and biotechnology companies, serves on the scientific advisory board for BioFire Diagnostics’s Trend surveillance system, and is a co-inventor on a patented machine learning algorithm for analyzing geospatial data and a patent-pending machine learning algorithm for inferring the relational structure of data.

Scarpino has given over 100 keynote, invited, and professional presentations at international conferences, has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, is co-editor on the definitive academic text on whooping cough published by Oxford University Press, and is a Deputy Editor at PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Scarpino’s expert commentaries on science and technology have appeared in Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Physics, and numerous other prestigious journals. His research on COVID-19, Ebola, whooping cough, and influenza has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Economist, Stat News, Smithsonian Magazine, and numerous other venues. Scarpino earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and was a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow from 2013 - 2016.