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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.


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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 new 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 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


Teaming in a Virtual World

What can network science and research on astronauts teach us about remote working? Watch NICO Professors Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch explore this topic in a recent Kellogg School webinar.

How to Build a More Open Justice System

In the US, a range of obstacles block large-scale access to public court records. A team of researchers from SCALES and NICO discuss how to build a more open justice system in this Science Magazine article.


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Fall Seminar Series Kick Off TBA

September 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Fall classes begin 8 a.m.

September 16
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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