Robert Nowak

Robert Nowak

Robert Nowak

Discovery Fellow, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optimization

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  • B.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Rice University

Research Description

Complex systems, such as living cells and the Internet, involve networks of interactions and associations between large numbers of individual components. Examples include interactions between proteins in biological cells, connections between users in communication and social networks, and signaling within the brain. Developing mathematical techniques to model and analyze large-scale networked systems is a grand challenge for the 21st century. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on statistical theory and methods for making inferences about high-dimensional and nonparametric models of complex networked systems.


  • McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering Adjunct Professor, Rice University