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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 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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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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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.

How teamwork could make or break a mission to Mars

Northwestern researchers, led by Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch, are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns on deep space missions. Northwestern Now article.


Spring Classes begin 8 a.m.

April 1
All Day

Complex Systems Seminar: Professor Rosemary Braun: TBA

April 25
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Spring classes end

June 8
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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