These network systems can be classified as supernetworks and can include transportation, telecommunication, supply chain, environmental, public utility, financial, logistical, economic, knowledge flow, and social networks.
The Virtual Center for Supernetworks was established at the Isenberg School of Management in 2001 to lead in supernetwork research, education, and practice. The Center is home to the Supernetwork Laboratory for Computation and Visualization, which serves as a site for collaborative research, workshops, and meetings.
Supernetworks, as networks of networks, are fundamental in our global economy. Examples include supply chains, such as food, fashion, energy, healthcare and humanitarian ones, multimodal transportation networks, and communication networks such as the Internet.
The Center's mission is to:
Work conducted by the Center Associates has garnered international, national, university, and school accolades and awards.
Funding for the Center's activities has been received from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AT&T Foundation, the Smith Memorial Fund at the University of Massachusetts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for International Education, and the Advanced Cyber Security Center.
The Center has sponsored visits of over 100 speakers to the Isenberg School and is the catalyst for the university-wide award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter.
Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies