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NICO supports and sponors a variety of conferences that promote complex systems, data science, and computational research. Learn more about some of the past events that our faculty and researchers have participated in.

Upcoming Conferences

Dynamics Days is an annual conference on applications of nonlinear dynamics. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including neuroscience, fluids, data-driven & machine learning methods, nonlinear materials, complex networks, and human & biological systems. NICO is honored to sponsor this conference which is hosted by the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University.

Past Conferences

9th International Workshop on Network Theory: Brain Science and Social Networks

October 25-27, 2018
Northwestern University

Northwestern University was pleased to host the 9th ANN / SONIC / NICO Network Theory Workshop at the Evanston campus. This invitation only international workshop is convened annually and sponsored by Annenberg Networks Network (ANN), Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group, and Northwestern Institute of Complexity (NICO). This workshop is hosted by Northwestern University and University of Southern California. 

4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

July 12-15, 2018
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) seeked to redefine business in the 21st century at the intersection of computer science and social science. For four days, IC2S2 was the epicenter of computational social science. Convening over four hundred attendees from more than 20 countries at the Kellogg School of Management, the impact of IC2S2 is influential, innovative and global.

NICO was an institutional partner and co-organizer of this conference.

Data Science Research Day

June 25, 2018
Norris University Center

Data Science Research Day was a half day symposium consisting of a series of lightning talks, panel discussion, and meet and greet sessions throughout the day. This collaborative event  was open to all Northwestern undergrads, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and was organized by NICO and the Northwestern Data Science Initiative.
The Symposium on Microgrids featured technology, policy, economic, and development experts as they assessed the barriers to installing renewable energy microgrids in developing economies and discussed opportunities for overcoming these barriers. The symposium also explored the roles of knowledge sharing, technological innovation, and innovative financing in accelerating the deployment of renewable microgrids as a key enabler of sustainable development.

Northwestern Computational Research Day

April 10, 2018
April 18, 2017
April 19, 2016
Norris University Center, Northwestern University

Computational Research Day is an all-day symposium which brings together students, faculty, and researchers across fields and disciplines to share and promote their experiences and efforts in digital research. Northwestern Computational Research Day is hosted by Northwestern Information Technology and sponsored by Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Kellogg School of Management, Feinberg School of Medicine, Office for Research, The Graduate School, Northwestern University Library, CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics), and NICO (Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems).

Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference

April 8, 2018
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
April 15, 2017
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University

The Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference (CASSC), an event organized by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago SIAM Chapters, is aimed at promoting applied mathematics among the youngest research community. CASSC is a conference that highlights the application of mathematics across diverse disciplines, including engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, social sciences, and physics.

NICO is a sponsor of this annual conference.

2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

June 22-26, 2016
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

This 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary event designed to engage a broad community of researchers  academics, industry experts, open data activists, government agency workers, and think tank analysts – dedicated to advancing social science knowledge through computational methods.

NICO was an institutional partner and co-organizer of this conference.

Computational Social Science Summit

May 15-17, 2015
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

The 2015 Computational Social Science Summit was designed to create a broad community of social science researchers dedicated to advancing sociological knowledge through computational methods.

NICO was a co-organizer of this event.

Although teams have been an integral part of how society has organized for centuries, the digital revolution is dramatically changing the nature of how teams assemble and interact. Indeed, teams are considered critical in addressing the grandest societal challenges of our day. There is an increasing awareness that network science has the potential for offering important theoretical and methodological insights in understanding and enabling 21st century team performance. This workshop sought to catalyze a dialog among a community of thought leaders on teams and multi-team systems, network theory, and computational science.

NICO was a co-organizer of this event.

Science of Team Science Conference 2013

June 24-27, 2013
Jacobs Center, Northwestern University

The Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference is a forum to enhance our understanding of how best to engage in Team Science to meet society’s needs. The SciTS Conference serves as a point of convergence for investigators studying science teams and Team Science leaders/practitioners, to engage funding agencies to provide guidance on developing and managing Team Science initiatives, and to afford data providers and analytics developers insight into collaboration tracking and analysis needs.

NICO was a co-organizer of this conference.


June 18-22, 2012
Jacobs Center, Northwestern University

NICO and SONIC brought to Northwestern two of the premier conferences in Network Science: NetSci 2012 and Web Science 2012.  The two events were very successful, attracting more than 400 attendees from around the world to the venue at Kellogg's Jacobs Center.
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