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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


The lastest news and events from the NICO.

SICSS Chicago

SICSS Chicago

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science sponsored a Chicago partner site in June 2019, and NICO was excited to support this event. Watch archived video from the live stream.
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NICO 101

NICO 101

Enrollment is open for NICO-101, Introduction to Programming for Big Data. This Fall 2019 course is taught by Luis Amaral and Adam Pah.
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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.
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News & Events


Bias in Big Data Workshop

The Bias in Big Data Workshop took place in July focused on big data, bias, and health justice. Learn more about this event organized by NICO core faculty member Michelle Birkett.


Fall classes begin 8 a.m.

September 24
All Day

Data Science Nights - September 2019 Meeting

September 26
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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