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Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

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Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD holds academic appointments in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and the ISI Foundation in Turin Italy. Dr. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into decision support and data science tools and was the Chief Strategy Officer and head of data science at Dharma Platform, a social impact technology startup, from 2017 to 2020. For his contributions to complex systems science, he was awarded the Junior Scientific Award by the Complex Systems Society 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 on data sharing, is a strategic advisor to ThinkMD and Iliad Biotechnologies, 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 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. His publications on Ebola, whooping cough, and influenza have been covered by the New York Times, NPR, the Economist, 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. For a current CV and complete list of publications, please see