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Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems, data science and network science.  It brings together attendees ranging from graduate students to senior faculty who span all of the schools across Northwestern, from applied math to sociology to biology and every discipline in-between. This seminar series not only brings some of the top researchers in complex systems from around the country to NICO, but also stimulates interdisciplinary discussion and collaborations. Please join us on Wednesdays at 12 PM US Central in person in Chambers Hall or via Zoom.

Watch more Wed@NICO videos on our YouTube channel

Fall 2024 Seminar Speakers

The Wednesdays@NICO speaker series with return on Wednesday, October 2, 2024. Speakers will be announced in September.

We welcome speaker suggestions from the NICO community. Please use this form to nominate a speaker.

Spring 2024 Seminar Speakers

Disease Frames and their Consequences for Stigma, Advocacy, and Research Funds

Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University
April 17, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Exploring the Emergence of Complex Dynamics in Network of Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) Oscillators

Simbarashe Nkomo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Oxford College of Emory University
April 24, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Bridging Divides with Generative AI

Chris Bail, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Public Policy, Duke University
May 1, 2024, 12:00pm Central

At the Interface: Physical Analogy with Interfacial Fluid Mechanics

Daniel Harris, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Brown University
May 8, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Abstract and Bio  |  Video available upon request

Eleni Katifori - Postponed

Eleni Katifori, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
May 15, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Due to an unexpected conflict this talk is regrettably postponed. Please join us for our next talk on 5/22.

How Do Ecological Systems Become (re)Assembled?"

Serguei Saavedra, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
May 22, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Computing with a Pile of Sand: Understanding Amorphous Solids that “Count” Modulo N

Joseph Paulsen, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Syracuse University
May 29, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Abstract and Bio  |  Video available upon request

Winter 2024 Seminar Speakers

Sensitive Intervention Points for Accelerating the Post-Carbon Transition

Matthew Ives, Research Associate, Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University
January 24, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Necessity and Strategy for Facilitating Idea Adoption in Science

Hao Peng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University
January 31, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Lightning Talks with NU Scholars and Fellows!

February 7, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Abstracts  |  YouTube Video

  • Taekyun Kim - Postdoctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, and NICO
  • Feihong Xu – PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program, and the Amaral Lab
  • Kumar Utkarsh – PhD Candidate, Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics, and the MMCS Lab

Identifying Models from Data: Traditional and Sparse-Selection Based Approaches

Niall Mangan, Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University
February 14, 2024, 12:00pm Central

On the Right Track? Extracting Climate Change Mitigation Pathways from Patent Data

Frank Neffke, Team Leader, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
February 21, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Self-Presentation in Sociotechnical Life: How We Present Ourselves to Each Other in a World of Digital Platforms

Jeremy Birnholtz, Professor, School of Communication, Northwestern University
February 28, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Abstract and Bio  |  Video available upon request.

Designing and Evaluating Human-AI Collaboration

Matt Groh, Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
March 6, 2024, 12:00pm Central

Nested Skills in Labor Ecosystems: A Hidden Dimension of Human Capital

Hyejin Youn, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
March 13, 2024, 12:00pm Central

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