Prof. Baruch Barzel is a physicist and applied mathematician, director of the Complex Network Dynamics lab at Bar-Ilan University and now a visiting professor at the Network Science Institute, Northeastern, Boston. His main scientific research areas are statistical physics, complex systems, nonlinear dynamics and network science. Barzel completed his Ph.D. in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel as a Hoffman Fellow. He then pursued his postdoctoral training at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University and at the Channing Division of Network Medicine, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the dynamic behavior of complex networks, with applications ranging from disease spreading in social networks, to brain, biological systems and infrastructure resilience. Prof. Barzel is the recipient of the Racah Prize (2007), the Rector Prize for Scientific Innovation (2018) and of the Krill Prize on behalf of the Wolf Foundation (2019). Complementing his research activity, Barzel is a frequently invited public lecturer on both science and humanities, presenting a regular segment on the Israel National Radio.
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