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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.

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 new center is led by Dashun Wang of the Kellogg School and NICO.
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The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI)

The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI)

NOACRI is working to transform the accessibility and transparency of federal courts. This new initiative is led by NICO Associate Director Adam Pah and is supported by an NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant.
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Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

NICO is hosting a lightning talk seminar each term as a part of our Wednesdays@NICO seminar series. Northwestern graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to participate.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

NICO is looking for an exceptional candidates to fill open postdoctoral positions in Complex Systems, Data Science, and Science of Science.
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News & Events

News

How the U.S. Must Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

NICO faculty member Michelle Birkett, as part of The New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine project, has published an article in Scientific American charting a path forward for scientists, engineers and health professionals.

The Tipping Point Between Failure and Success

Professor Dashun Wang and colleagues crunched datasets of entrepreneurs, scientists and terrorist organizations to understand the line between failure and success. Learn more in this Harvard Business Review podcast.

Events

Memorial Day (no classes)

May 25
All Day

Commencement

June 19
All Day

Summer Classes Begin

June 22
All Day

Fall classes begin 8 a.m.

September 22
All Day

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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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