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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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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


Women who win prizes get less money and prestige

A new analysis of biomedical awards over five decades shows men receive more cash and more respect for their research than women do, reports Teresa Woodruff, Brian Uzzi and colleagues in Nature.

A Blood Test for the Body’s Clock

Rosemary Braun and other researchers are developing ways to measure internal time that could yield insight into sleep deprivation and disease. Scientific American article.


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Sera Young, Northwestern University "TBA"

February 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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April 1
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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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