Jianxi Gao

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Jianxi Gao is working in the area of network science, especially on network resilience, robustness, and control. His research is focused on using network theory, control theory, statistic physics, and operation research to understand, predict, and ultimately control the resilience, cascading failures of complex systems. He is also interested in the collective motion of multi agent systems, such as schooling of fish and flocking of birds, which can be applied to distributed sensor networks, unmanned aerial vehicles, and opinion/crowd dynamics on social networks.


Ph.D. and M.A. Control Theory and Control Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University B.A. Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology

Research Focus
  • Network science, control theory, collective motion, and their applications to critical infrastructural, ecological, biological, and social-economical systems
Select Works
  • 1. Jianxi Gao, Baruch Barzel, and Albert-László Barabási. "Universal resilience patterns in complex networks." Nature 530.7590 (2016): 307.
  • 2. Jianxi Gao, Sergey V. Buldyrev, H. Eugene Stanley, and Shlomo Havlin. "Networks formed from interdependent networks." Nature Physics 8.1 (2012): 40.
  • 3. Jianxi Gao, Yang-Yu Liu, Raissa M. D'souza, and Albert-László Barabási. "Target control of complex networks." Nature Communications 5 (2014): 5415.
  • 4. Jianxi Gao, Sergey V. Buldyrev, Shlomo Havlin, and H. Eugene Stanley. "Robustness of a network of networks." Physical Review Letters 107.19 (2011): 195701.
  • 5. Yupeng Gu, Yizhou Sun, and Jianxi Gao. "The Co-Evolution Model for Social Network Evolving and Opinion Migration." Proceedings of the 23rd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. ACM, 2017.
  • 6. Xueming Liu, H. Eugene Stanley, and Jianxi Gao. "Breakdown of interdependent directed networks." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.5 (2016): 1138-1143.