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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.


Breaking down knowledge silos through cross-disciplinary collaborations


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Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

NICO is hosting a round of 10 minute lightning talks on June 5, 2019 as a part of our Wednesdays@NICO seminar series. Northwestern graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to participate.

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SICSS Chicago

SICSS Chicago

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science is sponsoring a Chicago partner site from June 17 to June 28, 2019. NICO is excited to support this event.
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Wilensky Named Lorraine Morton Professor

Wilensky Named Lorraine Morton Professor

Congratulations to Northwestern and NICO Professor Uri Wilensky on being named the Lorraine Morton Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science.
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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

NICO is looking for an exceptional candidates to fill open postdoctoral positions.
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News & Events


Are you an ‘Earthquake Detective’?

New project recruits help from citizen scientists to classify seismic events. Kevin Chao, a NICO Data Science Scholar, is mentioned in this Northwestern Now article.


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Monica Olvera de la Cruz, McCormick School of E...

April 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Complex Systems Seminar: Professor Rosemary Braun: Hearing the Ma...

April 25
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Erik Andersen, Northwestern Dept of Molecular B...

May 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Matt Goldrick, Northwestern Department of Lingu...

May 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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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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