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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.



The 4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) returned to Northwestern on July 12-15, 2018. NICO was an institutional partner and co-organizer of this event.
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NICO 101: Introduction to Programming for Big Data

NICO-101 provides an introduction to the foundational skills needed by data scientists. Enrollment for the fall course begins May 2018.
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SICSS Chicago

SICSS Chicago

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science sponsored a Chicago partner site hosted at Northwestern University from June 17 to June 29, 2018.
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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

NICO and the Kellogg School are looking for an exceptional candidate to fill an open postdoctoral position.
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News & Events


Career Hot Streaks

Career successes come in clusters or "hot streaks", according to research from Dashun Wang who is interviewed in this Kellogg Insight article.

Using big data to analyze soccer

Read how Luis Amaral’s lab developed the first objective, data-driven system for understanding who to watch on soccer fields across the globe. Northwestern Now article.


Fall classes begin 8 a.m.

September 27
All Day

Data Science Nights - FALL 2018 Kickoff Meeting

October 1
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Data Science Nights - Nov 2018 Meeting

November 5
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Data Science Nights - Dec 2018 Meeting

December 3
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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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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