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Fall 2023 Seminar Speakers

Beyond Core-Periphery: Uncovering the Impacts of Scientific Networks on Resources and Recognition

Alexander Gates, Assistant Professor, School of Data Science, University of Virginia 
September 27, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Complex Networks with Complex Nodes: Emergent Behaviors and Control

Raissa D'Souza, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, University of California, Davis
October 4, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Some simple rules governing macroscopic oscillatory neural activity in humans

Satoru Suzuki, Professor, Department of Pychology, Northwestern University
October 11, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Understanding the punctuated dynamics of scientific and technological frontiers

Yian Yin, Assistant Professor of Information Science, Cornell University
October 18, 2023, 12:00pm Central

The History of our Minds: Evidence for Co-Evolution of Cultural and Psychological Processes

Joshua Jackson, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
October 25, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Evolution and mechanisms of planning through the lens of predator-prey dynamics, robotics, and artificial intelligence

Malcolm MacIver, Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
November 1, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Dynamical system models for voting and collective decisions

Vicky Chuqiao Yang, Assistant Professor in System Dynamics, Sloan School of Management, MIT
November 8, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Mapping long-term change in attitudes and stereotypes

Tessa Charlesworth, Assistant Professor in Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
November 15, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Spring 2023 Seminar Speakers

Going Against the Grain: Microrollers Flow Uphill as Granular Media

James Gilchrist, Ruth H. and Sam Madrid Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University
April 12, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Policy learning 'without' overlap: Pessimism and generalized empirical Bernstein’s inequality

Zhimei Ren, Postdoctoral Researcher, Statistics Department, University of Chicago
April 19, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Understanding Cities as Complex Systems: Two applications to Human Development in the US and Infrastructure Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

Luís Bettencourt, Director the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago
April 26, 2023, 12:00pm Central

NICO Lightning Talks

With Northwestern Scholars!
May 3, 2023, 12:00pm Central


  • Rod Abhari - PhD Student, Media, Technology, and Society
  • Oh-Hyun Kwon - PhD Student, Kellogg School of Management
  • Y. Jasmine Wu - PhD Candidate, Communication Studies

Abstracts and Bios

From Padawan to Jedi Master: Machine Learning with a Star Wars Twist

Mark Tschopp, PhD, Research Scientist, Army Research Laboratory
May 10, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Algorithm-mediated social learning in online social networks

William J. Brady, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
May 17, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Networks at Work: Officer Diversity, Racial Homophily, and Police Misconduct

Linda Zhao, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago
May 24, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Abstract and Bio | YouTube Video available by request

Winter 2023 Seminar Speakers

Subterranean dynamics in Earth and Mars, inferred from big and small seismic data

Suzan van der Lee - Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University
January 25, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Lightning Talks With Northwestern Scholars

February 1, 2023, 12pm Central


  • Emilio Lehoucq - PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
  • Abby Smith - PhD Candidate, Department of Statistics and Data Science, Northwestern University
  • Emma Zajdela - PhD Candidate, Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University

Abstracts and Bios | YouTube Video

Science on the Web: How networks bias academic communication online

Ágnes Horvát - Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication, Northwestern University
February 8, 2023, 12pm Central

Science of science, law of law, and patterns of patents: universal citation dynamics in knowledge systems

Yong-Yeol "YY" Ahn, Associate Professor, Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington
February 15, 2023, 12pm Central

Fetal developmental plasticity as signal-noise problem: the case of nutrients and stress physiology

Chris Kuzawa, John D. MacArthur Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, Northwestern University
February 22, 2023, 12:00pm Central

Tractable mathematical modeling of social systems: some successes and failures

Daniel Abrams, Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics and (by courtesy) Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
March 1, 2023 12:00pm Central

POSTPONED: Stigma’s Uneven Decline

Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Purdue University
March 8, 2023, 12:00pm Central

This talk is postponed and will be rescheduled. We look forward to welcoming Professor Arseniev-Koehler in the next academic year.
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