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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 12 PM US Central.

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Spring 2022 Seminar Speakers

Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale

Haoqi Zhang - Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University
April 6, 2022, 12pm US Central

Optimization and Learning on Graphs

Sourav Medya - Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
April 13, 2022, 12pm US Central

Who Switches Cultural Codes? Evidence from an Organizational Merger

Anjali Bhatt - Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, and Complexity Fellow, Santa Fe Institute
April 20, 2022, 12pm US Central



  • Lluc Font - Visiting PhD Student, McCormick School of Engineering
  • Binglu Wang - PhD Student, Kellogg School of Management
  • Jorin Graham - PhD Student, Department of Physics
  • Moh Hosseinioun- Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Biological vs Chronological Aging: New, Dynamical Approach to Assessing Health Status

Madalena Damásio Costa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
May 4, 2022, 12pm US Central

Redundancy in the Structure and Dynamics of Complex Systems

Luis M Rocha, George J. Klir Professor of Systems Science, Binghamton University - State University of New York
May 11, 2022, 12pm US Central

Abstract and Bio

In person: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster Street, Lower Level
Remote option:
Passcode: NICO2022

Networks and Identity Drive Geographical Properties of the Diffusion of Linguistic Innovation

Daniel Romero, Associate Professor of Information, Complex Systems, and Computer Science, University of Michigan
May 18, 2022, 12pm US Central

NOTE: We have changed location this week, and will meet in person at the KELLOGG GLOBAL HUB, Room 4302, or online via Zoom.

Abstract and Bio | Add to Outlook & Google Calendar

In person: Kellogg Global Hub, Room 4302
Remote option:
Passcode: NICO2022

Winter 2022 Webinar Speakers

How was your network data generated?

Sune Lehmann, Professor of Networks and Complexity Science, DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark
January 26, 2022, 12pm US Central

Abstracts | YouTube Video


  • Melissa Manus, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology
  • David Sabin-Miller, PhD Candidate, McCormick School of Engineering
  • Dawei "David" Wang, PhD Candidate, Kellogg School of Management
  • Priyanka Nanayakkara, PhD Student, Technology and Social Behavior

Polarization, Misinformation, and Hate: Investigating Social Dynamics with Online Data

Fabiana Zollo, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
February 9, 2022, 12pm US Central

From eco-evolutionary assembly to network structure in a hyper-diverse host-pathogen system

Mercedes Pascual, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago
February 16, 2022, 12pm US Central

Capturing Tectonic Shifts in Contemporary Science

Staša Milojević, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington
February 23, 2022, 12pm US Central

Circadian Rhythms in Parasitic Diseases: an underlying clock of malaria parasites

Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, University of California Berkeley
March 2, 2022, 12pm US Central

Networked Systems as Witnesses - Content Demand, Human Mobility and an Infection Spread

Fabián Bustamante, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Northwestern University
March 9, 2022, 12pm US Central

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