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About NICO

The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems was founded in 2004 with the goals of uncovering fundamental principles governing complex systems in science, technology, and human behavior and applying these principles to solve societally relevant problems through the analysis, design, and control of complex systems. Today, NICO serves as a hub and facilitator for pathbreaking research in complexity and data science transcending the boundaries of established disciplines.

NICO is a collaboration between the McCormick School of Engineering and the Kellogg School of Management.


Research

Breaking down knowledge silos through cross-disciplinary collaborations

Announcements

The lastest news and events from the NICO.

Quarterly Newsflash

Quarterly Newsflash

NICO’s Quarterly Newsflash provides insights about the Northwestern ecosystem of data science, network science, and complex systems with the aim of sparking innovation and collaboration in our community.
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Center for Science of Science & Innovation (CSSI)

Center for Science of Science & Innovation (CSSI)

CSSI is the first academic hub of its kind to bring together the world’s foremost experts in science of science and innovation. This center is led by Dashun Wang of the Kellogg School and NICO.
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Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation Events Open Knowledge Network (SCALES - OKN)

Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation Events Open Knowledge Network (SCALES - OKN)

SCALES is working to transform the accessibility and transparency of federal courts. This initiative is led by NICO Professors Adam Pah and Luis Amaral and is supported by an NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant.
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Apply to Open Positions at NICO

Apply to Open Positions at NICO

NICO is seeking exceptional candidates for Post Doctoral Fellows and research assistance in computational social science, science of science, and complex systems.

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News & Events

News

Study Identifies 160 Possible 'Crews' of Criminal Cops in Chicago

A new study using machine learning and network analysis has identified 160 possible "crews" of officers in the Chicago Police Department responsible for a disproportionate share of police misconduct and violence. This research was led by the N3 Initiative and Andrew Papachristos.

Virtual Collaboration Hinders a Key Component of Creativity

The shift from in-person teamwork to virtual has become a central concern for employers and educators. In Nature News & Views, Agnes Horvat and Brian Uzzi discuss new research which finds that virtual collaboration hinders idea generation.

Are Conferences Worth the Time and Money?

Research from Emma Zajdela and Daniel Abrams finds that interactions, at both in-person and virtual conferences, were a significant predictor of future collaborations.

Events

Spring classes end

June 4
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Commencement

June 13
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Fall classes begin 8 a.m.

September 20
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NICO Reading Group

The NICO reading group meets regularly over lunch to discuss recent papers, fundamentals, and emerging trends in complexity research.

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