Department of Network and Data Science

The Department of Network and Data Science at the Central European University carries out research in network science, with a special focus on the foundations and applications of network science to practical data-driven problems. The Department offers a PhD Program and an Advanced Certificate Program in Network Science.

Data science tools and the network science approach offer a unique perspective to tackle complex problems, impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking. Building on decades of development of fundamental understanding of networks, the modern data deluge has opened up unprecedented opportunities to study and understand the structure and function of social, economic, political and information systems. The concept of networks has become indispensable in the social, information, biological, and physical sciences. Data-driven network science aims at explaining complex phenomena at larger scales emerging from simple principles of network link formation. A key element of the mission of the Department is to work across disciplines to bring network and data science tools to many fields of the social sciences, and related areas.

The Department of Network and Data Science translates these ideas into research projects - our faculty have won several major grants, from European Union and US funding agencies.

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Nador u. 11
6th Floor
(+36 1) 327 3000 x2655


January, 2017 to December, 2019
Main researcher(s) at CEU: Albert - László Barabási
January, 2017 to December, 2018
December, 2012 to October, 2016
Main researcher(s) at CEU: Albert László Barabási, János Kertész