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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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How do you use legal information?

How do you use legal information?

The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI) would like to know how people acquire and analyze legal information obtained from a variety of data sources and what questions they would like to answer.
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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


Noshir Contractor named AAAS fellow

Congratulations to Noshir Contractor, a NICO Core Faculty member and the director of SONIC, on being elected an AAAS Fellow for 2019 along with four other Northwestern faculty. Fellows are recognized for their efforts to advance science or its applications.

Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?

How do we ensure that people are still relevant in the technology-driven workplace? NICO Professor Hyejin Youn argues that we should collaborate with machines instead of trying to compete with them.


MBS Department Seminar: Bill Balch, Skaggs Institute for Chemical...

December 12
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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December 14
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Winter Classes begin 8 a.m.

January 6
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Spring Break Begins

March 21
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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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