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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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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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The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI)

The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI)

NOACRI is working to transform the accessibility and transparency of federal courts. This initiative is led by NICO Professors Luis Amaral and Adam Pah in partnership with the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
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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


Where Tech Crosses Paths With the Law

Researchers at Northwestern Engineering and Northwestern Law have launched a cross-disciplinary initiative with the goal of enabling artificially intelligent access to federal court records.

How Early-Career Setbacks Can Set You Up for Success

"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger" may be a cliché but it has something going for it that other clichés don't: it’s supported by science. Learn more in this New York Times article on research by NICO's Yang Wang, Benjamin Jones, and Dashun Wang.


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Hamed Alhoori, Northern Illinois University "De...

November 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Data Science Nights - NOVEMBER 2019 Meeting

November 21
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Lightning Talks with Northwestern Fellows and S...

December 4
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Winter Break Begins

December 14
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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