Research and Publications

MAGICS Research Areas

Design and Governance of Complex systems


Network Science and Multi-Agent Systems


Computational Methods for Policy Design


AI in Systems Engineering


Journal Publications (Last 5 Years)

Chen, Qiliang, Babak Heydari, and Mohsen Moghaddam. "Leveraging Task Modularity in Reinforcement Learning for Adaptable Industry 4.0 Automation." Journal of Mechanical Design (2021): 1-35.

Abouk, Rahi, and Babak Heydari. "The Immediate Effect of COVID-19 Policies on Social-Distancing Behavior in the United States." Public Health Reports (2021).

Ke, Laiyang, Dan O'Brien, and Babak Heydari. "Airbnb and Neighborhood Crime: The Incursion of Tourists or the Erosion of Local Social Dynamics?." Available at SSRN 3725823 (2020).



Heydari, Babak, Pedram Heydari, and Mohsen Mosleh. "Not all bridges connect: integration in multi-community networks." The Journal of Mathematical Sociology 44.4 (2020): 199-220.



Siddiqi, Afreen, and Babak Heydari. "Equity and Fairness Norms in Sociotechnical Systems: Emerging Perspectives for Design." 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS). IEEE, 2019.



Heydari, B., Szajnfarber, Z., Panchal, J., Cardin, M. A., Holtta-Otto, K., Kremer, G. E., & Chen, W. (2019). Analysis and design of sociotechnical systems. Journal of Mechanical Design, 141(11).



Ehsanfar, Abbas, and Babak Heydari. "An incentive-compatible scheme for electricity cooperatives: An axiomatic approach." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 9.2 (2018): 1416-1424.



Heydari, Babak, and Michael J. Pennock. "Guiding the behavior of sociotechnical systems: The role of agent‐based modeling." Systems Engineering 21.3 (2018): 210-226.


Gianetto, David A., Mohsen Mosleh, and Babak Heydari. "Dynamic structure of competition networks in affordable care act insurance market." IEEE Access 6 (2018): 12700-12709.


Chen, W., Heydari, B., Maier, A. M., & Panchal, J. H. (2018). Network-based modeling and analysis in design. Design Science, 4


Mosleh, Mohsen, and Babak Heydari. "Why Groups Show Different Fairness Norms? The Interaction Topology Might Explain." International Conference on Social Informatics. Springer, Cham, 2017.


Mosleh, Mohsen, and Babak Heydari. "Fair topologies: community structures and network hubs drive emergence of fairness norms." Scientific Reports 7.1 (2017): 1-9.


Mosleh, Mohsen, Kia Dalili, and Babak Heydari. "Distributed or monolithic? a computational architecture decision framework." IEEE Systems Journal 12.1 (2017): 125-136.


Heydari, Babak. "Resilience in Homogeneous Networks: A Strategic Network Formation Approach." 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security Companion (QRS-C). IEEE, 2017.


Mosleh, Mohsen, Peter Ludlow, and Babak Heydari. "Distributed resource management in systems of systems: an architecture perspective." Systems Engineering 19.4 (2016): 362-374. [Systems Engineering Journal Best Paper Award of the Year]


Heydari, Babak, Mohsen Mosleh, and Kia Dalili. "From modular to distributed open architectures: A unified decision framework." Systems Engineering 19.3 (2016): 252-266.


Mosleh, Mohsen, Peter Ludlow, and Babak Heydari. "Resource allocation through network architecture in systems of systems: A complex networks framework." 2016 Annual IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon). IEEE, 2016.


Gianetto, David A., and Babak Heydari. "Sparse cliques trump scale-free networks in coordination and competition." Scientific reports 6.1 (2016): 1-11



Heydari, Babak, Mohsen Mosleh, and Kia Dalili. "Efficient network structures with separable heterogeneous connection costs." Economics Letters 134 (2015).



David Gianetto, Babak Heydari, "Network Modularity is essential for the evolution of cooperation under uncertainty", Nature Scientific Reports 5 (2015)


Babak Heydari, Mohsen Mosleh, Kia Dalili, "Efficient Network Structures with Separable Heterogeneous Connection Costs", Economics Letters, 134 (2015) pp. 82-85, arXiv:1504.06634


Babak Heydari, Kia Dalili, "Emergence of Modularity in System of Systems: Complex Networks in Heterogeneous Environments", IEEE Systems Journal, 9.1 (2015), pp.223-231


David Gianetto, Babak Heydari, "Catalysts of Cooperation in System of Systems: The Role of Diversity and Network Structure", IEEE Systems Journal, 9.1 (2015), pp.303-311.


David Gianetto, Babak Heydari, "ASSESSING FEDERAL INSURANCE EXCHANGE COMPETITION THROUGH NETWORK STRUCTURE PROPERTIES", Informs Healthcare 2015.


Wade, Jon, and Babak Heydari. "Complexity: Definition and reduction techniques." Proceedings of the Poster Workshop at the 2014 Complex Systems Design & Management International Conference. 2015.


Abbas Ehsanfar, Babak Heydari, "Interactive Multi-Consumer Power Cooperatives with Learning and Axiomatic Cost and Risk Disaggregation", Workshops at the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2015


M. Mosleh, K. Dalili, B. Heydari, "Optimal Modularity for Fractionated Spacecraft: The Case of System F6", Procedia Computer Science 28 (2014), 164-170