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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 and CSSI are looking for exceptional candidates to fill postdoctoral positions in Complex Systems, Data Science, and Science of Science.
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News & Events


How does science work?

In his new book “The Science of Science,” Dashun Wang provides an unprecedented look at the nature of the discipline and how scientists can improve their work.

Top of the Pops

What can a Swedish pop music maestro teach us about teamwork and collaboration? This BBC Radio podcast includes insights from Brian Uzzi's research examining scientific teams.


WED@NICO WEBINAR: Balazs Vedres, University of Oxford "Trust, cre...

May 12
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO WEBINAR: Lillian Lee, Cornell University "Discussion dyn...

May 19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO WEBINAR: Neave O'Clery, University College London "The D...

May 26
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Spring classes end

June 5
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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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