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Due to COVID-19, the Wednesdays@NICO speaker series is moving to Zoom for the 2020 fall term.  Webinar links will be listed below.

Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems and data 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 eventually collaborations. Please join us on Wednesdays at noon!

Watch more Wednesdays@NICO videos on our YouTube channel

Fall 2020 Speakers

Normal accidents? Systems thinking and structural explanations in responsible AI

Abigail Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Information, University of Michigan
October 7, 2020, 12pm Central

What can small, biased crowds tell us about societal trends?

Mirta Galesic, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
October 14, 2020, 12pm Central

How can we learn from noisy, incomplete, or even biased network data?

István Kovács, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
October 21, 2020, 12pm Central

Physics, phase transitions, and community detection

Cristopher Moore, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
October 28, 2020, 12pm Central

Agency and the Dynamics of Network Churn

Madeline King Kneeland, Assistant Professor, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
November 4, 2020, 12pm Central

Negative returns explain failure to exploit temporal arbitrage by small farmers in low income countries

Hope Michelson, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, The University of Illinois
November 18, 2020, 12pm Central

Abstract and Bio

Webinar link:
Webinar ID: 964 6509 8334
Passcode: nico

Winter 2020 Speakers

A Neural Network Model of Human Perception + Understanding in Data Visualizations

Steven Franconeri - Director, Cognitive Science Program and Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
January 15, 2020

Promoting Healthy Eating through Local and Global Networks

Kayla de la Haye - Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Director, USC Center for Applied Network Analysis, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
January 22, 2020

High-Stakes Medical Decision Making: Investigating Human Behavior in a Complex Social System

Jacqueline Kruser, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
January 29, 2020

Revisiting "All Models are Wrong": Addressing Limitations in Big Data, Machine Learning, and Computational Social Science

Momin Malik - Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
February 5, 2020

Video of this talk:

Bias in Big Data

Michelle Birkett - Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences; Director, CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
February 12, 2020

Graph Mining to Protect the US 2020 Election

Monica Lee - Research Scientist and Engineering Manager, Facebook
February 19, 2020

Rewiring the Gender Distribution of Technical Jobs: Online Training Programs and (In)equality

Jacqueline Ng Lane - Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), Harvard Business School
February 26, 2020

Sugat Dabholkar - PhD Candidate in the Learning Sciences program at the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
Xuan Ma - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Suman Kalyan Maity - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, The Center for Science of Science & Innovation (CSSI), and NICO
Rebeka O. Szabo - Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
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