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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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The 4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) returned to Northwestern on July 12-15, 2018. Watch keynote videos from this event.
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NICO 101: Introduction to Programming for Big Data

NICO-101 provides an introduction to the foundational skills needed by data scientists. Enrollment for the fall course begins May 2018.
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SICSS Chicago

SICSS Chicago

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science sponsored a Chicago partner site hosted at Northwestern University on June 17-29, 2018.
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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

NICO and the Kellogg School are looking for an exceptional candidate to fill an open postdoctoral position.
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Scientists identify four personality types

In a report published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Northwestern University identify four personality types: reserved, role models, average and self-centered. Washington Post article.


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-...

October 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: César Hidalgo, MIT Media Lab "The Principles of...

October 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Ágnes Horvát, Northwestern University "TBA"

October 31
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Data Science Nights - Nov 2018 Meeting

November 1
6:30 PM - 8:30 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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