Ágnes Horvát and Dashun Wang give keynotes at Annual IC2S2 Conference

July 10, 2017

NICO faculty present findings at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) in Cologne Germany, July 10-13, 2017.


NICO Researchers Present Findings at NetSci 2017

June 19, 2017

NICO researchers present findings at NetSci 2017, June 19-23, 2017, on topics ranging from computational social science, social networks, data science, and more.


Visual Thinking Lab unites journalists, engineers and data scientists

April 26, 2017

Northwestern News: Read how Steve Franconeri's Visual Thinking Lab brings together journalists, engineers and data visualization researchers to solve real-world problems.


Michael Jewett receives a 2017 Professor of Teaching Excellence Award

April 25, 2017

Northwestern News: Congratulations to Michael Jewett who received a 2017 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Awards.


Teresa Woodruff named 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

April 18, 2017

Feinberg News: Congratulations to Teresa Woodruff who was named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in support of her research into reproductive health and fertility preservation.


Using Cell Phone Data to Predict the Next Epidemic

April 14, 2017

Kellogg Insight: Research by Dashun Wang examines if big data about whom we call can be used to predict how a viral epidemic will spread?


The Surprising Speed with Which We Become Polarized Online

April 6, 2017

Kellogg Insight: Research by Brian Uzzi and a team of researchers at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca examines how users isolate themselves in social media echo chambers.


School Shootings Rise and Fall with the Unemployment Rate

March 6, 2017

Kellogg Insight: Research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral set out to quantify gun violence at U.S. schools and made a surprising discovery.


School Shootings and Jobless Rate May Be Linked, Study Finds

January 31, 2017

Media Hit: NBC News article covers research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral on school shootings.


Shootings in US Schools are Linked to Increased Unemployment

January 30, 2017

McCormick News: Research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral highlights important connection between going to school and the expectation of finding work in America.

We're Learning To Predict Who Will Have The Greatest Career Impact

December 9, 2016

Faculty News: Article by Professor Dashun Wang in Forbes discusses his research, which found that peak impact can happen at any time in a scientist’s career.


Will Machines Ever Truly Understand Us?

December 2, 2016

Kellogg Insight Podcast: The relationship between humans and computers is deepening. What does the future hold? Based on insights from Brian Uzzi, David Ferrucci and Sandra Waxman.


Study Finds Female Faculty Are Underrepresented in Genomics

November 7, 2016

McCormick News: New Research by Luis Amaral and Teresa Woodruff shows the playing field for female faculty in STEM disciplines is not always as level as it appears.


Let’s Get Together: Collaboration patterns vary between male and female scientists

November 4, 2016

PLOS Research News: An interview with Luis Amaral discussing his new research on collaboration patterns.


When It Comes to Success, Age Really Is Just a Number

November 3, 2016

Media Hit: New York Times article covers new research by Dashun Wang on scientific careers.


Why a Scientist’s Big Break May Be Just Around the Corner

November 2, 2016

Kellogg Insight: New research by Dashun Wang shows that a researcher's most successful paper can occur at any point in his or her career.


Think You Understand Why Ideas Go Viral? Big Data May Change Your Mind

October 5, 2016

Kellogg Podcast with Dashun Wang and Duncan Watts. From tweets to scientific discoveries, human behavior is surprisingly predictable.


Wilensky Wins 2016 Excellence in Design Award

September 11, 2016

Faculty News: Northwestern University learning scientist and computer scientist Uri Wilensky has received the prestigious 2016 Excellence in Educational Design Award for the design and development of NetLogo.


How Long Will it Take to Break Usain Bolt’s 100-meter Dash Record?

August 11, 2016

McCormick News: Professor Luis Amaral calculates the odds in this McCormick Engineering article.


Big Data is helping Northwestern experts unlock the secrets of creativity and connection

June 1, 2016

Northwestern Research Magazine: Inside the Numbers: From Broadway to biomedicine and the DC Beltway, Big Data is helping Northwestern experts unlock the secrets of creativity and connection.


Data Science Transforming Northwestern Research

May 23, 2016

Northwestern News: Data Science is a seismic shift in how faculty are doing research and how students are learning at Northwestern.


Spreading the Word and Sharing the Tools of Data Science

May 23, 2016

Northwestern News: Data Science initiatives provide tools, knowledge and connections to take research further. Q&A with Luis Amaral.


McCormick Making a Difference in New Era of Data Science

May 23, 2016

Northwestern News: With strengths in computer science, data analytics and whole-brain thinking, the McCormick School of Engineering is pushing data science research, education and collaboration forward at the school and across the University.


2016 World Wide Web (WWW) Best Paper Prize

April 11, 2016

Faculty News: Brian Uzzi (with co-authors Daniel Romero & Jon Kleinberg) won the Best Paper Prize at the 25th International World Wide Web Conference. Professor Uzzi is the first social scientist to win this prestigious computer science prize.


Code Read: Sociologists Bring Digital Approach to Text Analysis

February 17, 2016

Northwestern Research: The cover story in the February 2016 issue features research by NICO Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Nelson and a team of Sociologists.


How Humans Plus Machines Will Equal Amazing Advancements

February 1, 2016

Media Hit: Moran Cerf and Brian Uzzi wrote an article for Entrepreneur about the benefits of human and machine collaboration.


Researchers Pinpoint Place Where Cancer Cells May Begin

January 20, 2016

Northwestern News: A multidisciplinary team co-led by Richard W. Carthew and Luís A.N. Amaral used fruit fly genetics to understand how things could go wrong in cancer.


What you Need to Know about Making Money in 2016

January 12, 2016

Media Hit: Brian Uzzi is featured in an Inc. article about the collaboration between people and machines.

Network Control: Letting Noise Lead the Way

September 30, 2015

McCormick News: NICO Faculty who are on a research team leverage cells’ noisy nature to keep them healthy.


Programming Boot Camp Attracts Diverse Participants

September 11, 2015

McCormick News: More than 230 participants representing 10 schools attended the weeklong boot camp.


Merging big data with social science

June 1, 2015

Kellogg News: May 15-17, 2015, NICO co-organized Kellogg’s first-ever Computational Social Science Summit that featured collaboration and human-machine partnerships.


New Report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science

May 20, 2015

New Publication: As a member of the National Research Council Committee on the Science of Team Science, Brian Uzzi co-authored a groundbreaking 2015 report on Team Science. Download and read the the report for free.


Northwestern Hosts Quantitative Biologists

May 11, 2015

McCormick News: On May 9, 2015 Northwestern hosted the first-ever quantitative biology meeting: "Building a Network of Quantitative Biologists". This event was sponsored by NICO and co-organized by Madhav Mani and David Schwab.


Chance and Circumstance Tip Immune Control of Cancer

April 23, 2015

McCormick News: A new computational model by Joshua Leonard and William Kath enables researchers to investigate cancer's earliest stages


New Book Provides Foundations for Application of Agent-Based Modeling

April 20, 2015

McCormick News: NICO faculty member Uri Wilensky and co-author William Rand have published "An Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling" which teaches modeling natural, social, and engineered complex systems with NetLogo.


NICO to live stream Wednesday@NICO talk with Carl P. Simon

April 7, 2015

NICO News: On April 8, 2015 NICO broadcast our first live stream of a Wednesday@NICO talk, with Carl P. Simon of the University of Michigan. Visit the NICO YouTube Channel for more seminar video.


More Than the Sum of its Parts

April 1, 2015

Northwestern Engineering Magazine, Spring 2015: Northwestern scientists and engineers work to understand and predict the behaviors of complex systems.


Can Tipping Points be Predicted?

January 22, 2015

McCormick News: NICO faculty Mary Silber uses math to see if forecasting tipping points is possible.


Network effects on organizational decision-making: Blended social mechanisms and IPO withdrawal

January 13, 2015

New Publication: In a paper published in the Social Networks journal, NICO external faculty Helena Buhr and colleagues develop a new approach to the study of network effects in organizations and markets.


Michael Mauskapf puts hit song science to the test

January 7, 2015

Media Hit: NICO scholar Michael Mauskapf and Noah Askin from INSEAD are featured in the Daily Mail for their research into Song Conventionality.

The One Thing You Should Know About How To Deeply Connect With Anyone

November 24, 2014

Media Hit: NICO Codirector Brian Uzzi is featured in a Forbes article by Michael Simmons.


Measuring Long-Term Impact Based on Network Centrality: Unraveling Cinematic Citations

October 8, 2014

New Publication: NICO Postdoctoral Fellow Agnes Horvat has published a paper in PLOS ONE on the topic of Network Centrality in the film industry.


Pairing Social Networks with Social Motives to Close the Science Gap

September 30, 2014

McCormick News: NICO faculty Noshir Contractor and his collaborators are studying how to use networks to spread messages about public health knowledge.


NetLogo 5.1 released

August 26, 2014

Research News: The Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling at Northwestern University is pleased to announce the release of NetLogo 5.1, available for free download from our site.


Professor Milan Mrksich Testifies Before Congress

August 26, 2014

McCormick News: NICO faculty Milan Mrksich Testifies on Nanotechnology Before Congress.


NICO faculty Dirk Brockmann created an Interactive Network Analysis Tool that can be used to predict risk of disease outbreaks.

August 4, 2014

Research News: Network Analysis of the 2014 Ebola virus illustrates import risk and probable spreading routes of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. The related paper was published in the December 13, 2013 issue of Science (magazine).


The Truth About Creativity June 2-6, 2014

May 22, 2014

Event: NICO Participates in a free virtual conference about social networks and creativity with David Burkus, NICO Codirector Brian Uzzi, and 30+ experts.


Northwestern News Features NICO Faculty

April 1, 2014

Northwestern News: Synthetic biologists break new ground in medicine and energy by engineering living systems to tackle global problems.


Complexity Institute Receives Significant Gift for New Research

February 16, 2014

McCormick News: Leslie and John A. "Mac" McQuown (mechanical engineering ’57) have given a significant gift to fund new research at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).


A Model System for Natural and Artificial Swarms

January 27, 2014

New Publication: NICO visiting scholar Cristian Huepe publishes an article in the American Physical Society (APS) Journal Physical Review Letters.


Generating Music from Flocking Dynamics

January 27, 2014

New Publication: NICO visiting scholar Cristian Huepe publishes s book chapter in Controls and Art: Inquiries at the intersection of the Subjective and the Objective with coauthors Marco Colasso and Rodrigo F. Cádiz.


AAAS Spotlights Professor Amaral

January 23, 2014

Interview: NICO Codirector Luis Amaral is featured in The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Member Spotlight and discusses his diverse network of collaborators and research on complex systems.

NICO Faculty Elected Fellows

September 24, 2014

Luis Amaral and Adilson Motter elected Fellows of the American Physical Society


Network Frontier Workshop held December 4-6, 2013

January 1, 2014

Motter's Group Organized the 2013 Network Frontier Workshop


Using Air Transportation Data to Predict Pandemics

December 16, 2013

Computational work conducted at Northwestern University has led to a new mathematical theory for understanding the global spread of epidemics. The resulting insights could not only help identify an outbreak’s origin but could also significantly improve the ability to forecast the global pathways through which a disease might spread.


A “Virtuous Mix” Allows Innovation to Thrive

November 13, 2013

Based on the research of Brian Uzzi, Satyam Mukherjee, Michael Stringer and Benjamin F. Jones the right mixture balances conventionality, novelty, and collaboration


Watch Workshop Videos

November 13, 2013

Videos for the 5th International Workshop on Network Theory: Network Science Meets the Science of Teams Northwestern University held on October 3-5, 2013 are available online.


Janet Pierrehumbert Elected to Cognitive Science Society

July 24, 2013

Janet Pierrehumbert has been chosen as a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.


Motter Group Develops Algorithm to Control Network Dynamics

July 24, 2013

Northwestern University researchers have developed NECO, an algorithm for NEtwork COntrol, with applications to the rescue of processes like power outages and ecosystem collapses.


Keeping Networks Under Control

July 1, 2013

New approach can control large complex networks, from cells to power grids.


Janet Pierrehumbert Delivers Sapir Lecture at LSA Summer Institute

June 27, 2013

Janet Pierrehumbert delivered the Sapir Lecture at the 2013 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute on June 27, speaking on the topic of "Lexical Variability." The Sapir Professor is selected every other year by the LSA. Previous occupants of the chair include William Labov and Noam Chomsky.


Daniel Abrams Quoted in News Release

June 17, 2013

Daniel Abrams has been cited in a Princeton news release related to chimera states in synchronized systems.


Rich Sobel Publishes an Article on New ID Rules

June 17, 2013

Richard Sobel had an article published on CNN on the topic of ID rules and how it pertains to the current immigration debate.


Brian Uzzi Discusses NSA Data Collection

June 14, 2013

NICO Co-Director Brian Uzzi recently discussed parts of the NSA spying program.


NetLogo in Science, Education, and Policy

June 12, 2013

The NetLogo agent-based modeling software, developed by NICO member Uri Wilensky, has impacted a variety of fields.


Motter Wins 2013 Erdos-Renyi Prize

June 8, 2013

NICO faculty member Adilson Motter received the 2013 Erdos-Renyi Prize for network science, given annually to one researcher under the age of 40.


A Community Within a Community: the NICO Reading Group Encourages Interdepartmental Collaboration and Learning

June 1, 2013

Every two weeks a group of graduate students and postdocs from different academic departments meet at the NICO reading group to discuss a wide range of topics in complex systems research, including pattern formation, ecological systems, collective behavior, population dynamics and social networks.


NICO Course on Social Dynamics and Networks Among Kellogg's Most Popular

May 14, 2013

NICO faculty PJ Lamberson's course on collective dynamics in social networks is one of Kellogg's most popular courses.


Luis Amaral to Become NICO Co-director

April 29, 2013

Luis Amaral will join Brian Uzzi as NICO Co-director, effective September 1, 2013.


A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map Of America

April 24, 2013

McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann has created a map showing the population mobility of Americans by tracking Dollar bills.


Lynch Presents Robotics Research at Museum of Science and Industry

April 12, 2013

As part of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's celebration of National Robotics Week, Kevin Lynch gave a lecture on "Collective Intelligence and Robot Swarms."


ONR Funds NICO Research in Swarm Robotics

April 9, 2013

The Office of Naval Research recently awarded a three-year grant to NICO faculty Kevin Lynch and Randy Freeman to study the use of robot teams for mobile sensor applications.


Preventive Care for the Power Grid

April 1, 2013

As the national power-grid network becomes larger and more complex, achieving reliability across the network is increasingly difficult. A new study by Profs. Adilson E. Motter and Takashi Nishikawa identified conditions and properties that power companies can consider using to help make a self-healing power grid a reality.


Playing Computer Games for Fun and Research

April 1, 2013

Janet Pierrehumbert and The University of Canterbury are collaborating on a new research project which seeks to answer questions via playing computer games to find out how expressions like "LOL," or "DIY," come about.


Understanding Pandemics

February 21, 2013

In a world of increasing global connections, predicting the spread of infectious diseases is more complicated than ever. McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann has created a model that could provide better insight into how today’s diseases strike


Studying Networks to Help Women Succeed in Science

February 21, 2013

Using his network expertise, Noshir Contractor is helping women succeed in science. Contractor presented his research at the AAAS meeting in Boston.

NICO faculty Dirk Brockmann wins teaching award

December 20, 2012

Dirk Brockmann, honored for work with students. The Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising goes to Dirk Brockmann, Associate Professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics


Wilensky Receives NSF Grant for Evolution Education

December 7, 2012

NICO faculty Uri Wilensky recently received a $1,000,000 award from NSF to develop and study computational materials for learning evolution.


IARPA Babel Project

December 1, 2012

Janet Pierrehumbert and colleagues at ICSI, Washington, Ohio State, and Columbia lead a new IARPA project aimed at developing new speech recognition systems under severe constraints.


Luis Amaral Elected AAAS Fellow

December 1, 2012

NICO faculty Luis Amaral was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Joo Sang Lee Wins SIAM and Young Investigator Awards

November 1, 2012

Joo Sang Lee, who recently defended his Ph.D. Thesis in the group of Adilson Motter, has received the SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition and has been awarded a PSOC Young Investigators Trans-Network Program research grant.


NetLogo 5.0.3 Released

October 31, 2012

The Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling at Northwestern University is pleased to announce the release of the agent-based modeling software NetLogo 5.0.3, available for free download.


NICO Distinguished Speaker

October 11, 2012

Northeastern University's Alessandro Vespignani kicked off the 2012-2013 NICO seminar series by delivering a Distinguished Lecture on "Modeling and Forecast of Socio-Technical Systems in the Data-Science Age" on October 11 at the Allen Center.


NICO Keynotes

September 1, 2012

NICO codirectors Kevin Lynch and Brian Uzzi deliver keynote addresses at robotics conferences and TedX.


Ranking Cricket Captains

August 1, 2012

NICO postdoc Satyam Mukherjee's work applying network methods to rank international cricket captains over the years 1877-2010 made a splash in The Economist online.


New NICO Members

August 1, 2012

NICO welcomes new members Daniel Romero, postdoc, and Cristian Huepe, visiting scholar.


Graduate Students Found Northwestern SIAM Chapter

August 1, 2012

Graduate students Thomas Wytock, Joo Sang Lee, Haley Yaple, Yang Yang, and Daniel Wells have founded the Northwestern Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which will promote various activities sponsored or co-sponsored by SIAM.


NetSci2012 Brings Leaders in Network Science to NICO

June 24, 2012

NICO hosted NetSci 2012 in June 2012, drawing over 400 attendees to Northwestern.


2012 Erdos-Renyi Prize

June 24, 2012

Former NICO postdoc Roger Guimera wins Erdos-Renyi Prize.


NICO students win NetSci 2012 awards

June 24, 2012

Northwestern PhD students Olivia Woolley-Meza, Isaac Velando, and Daniel Grady win prestigious awards at NetSci 2012.


Negatively Compressible Metamaterials

May 23, 2012

In an article published in Nature Materials, Adilson E. Motter and his former student Zack G. Nicolaou (now at Caltech) used network concepts to design the first metamaterials to exhibit negative longitudinal compressibility. Such materials can contract in response to an increase in tension.


Motter Writes Networks Review Article for Physics Today

April 1, 2012

Adilson Motter co-authored, with Reka Albert at Penn State, an invited review article on network dynamics, titled "Networks in Motion," which was featured on the cover of Physics Today.

Janet Pierrehumbert Named Linguistic Society of America Fellow

September 30, 2011

Janet Pierrehumbert, Director of the Language, Music and Communication Group at NICO and a professor Linguistics at the Weinberg College, has been elected a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).


New study by NICO researchers Brian Uzzi and Serguei Saavedra published in Nature

August 31, 2011

The paper by Serguei Saavedra, Daniel B. Stouffer, Brian Uzzi and Jordi Bascompte entitled "Strong contributors to network persistence are the most vulnerable to extinction" has appeared in Advanced Online Publication at Nature.


PNAS paper by Brian Uzzi and Serguei Saavedra featured in Faculty of 1000

May 31, 2011

The paper by Serguei Saavedra, Kathleen Hagerty and Brian Uzzi entitled "Synchronicity, instant messaging, and performance among financial traders" (PNAS 108:5296-5301, 2011) featured in the prestigious Faculty of 1000 (Prof. Iain Couzin).


Best of the bots: Hot New Robots from Shanghai's ICRA Conference

May 12, 2011

The ParkourBot, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Kevin Lynch's robotics lab, was chosen by Wired Magazine as one of the "Best of the Bots" at the 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Shanghai.

All Politics Is Cultural, Cultural not Economic Vocabularies Seperate Liberals and Conservatives

October 31, 2010

Professor Diermeier and his colleagues show there is a correlation between the ideology of a lawmaker and his choice of words.


Are You Democrat or Republican? Does Language Give You Away?

October 31, 2010

Take the quiz that ABC prepared based on the research of Daniel Diermeier, Jean-François Godbout, Bei Yu and Stefan Kaufmann to find out.


The Power and Potential of Social Networks

September 30, 2010

Professor Uzzi comments on the importance of network analysis and team science in enhancing an organization's productivity


Social Entrepreneur Creates Wellspring of Support

September 28, 2010

Professor Uzzi comments on how an individual can multiply the effect of his effort through his own network.


UPS Logistics Push Expands to Singapore

September 22, 2010

Professor Chopra comments on the good ob that UPS has made in the logistics business.


Johnson & JOhnson CEO Bill Weldon's Painful Year

September 5, 2010

IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice Daniel Diermeier comments on restoring trust in a brand after a crisis.


Untangling the Social Web

September 1, 2010

Professor Brian Uzzi Comments on the use of network analysis for uses such as promoting democracy.


Mark Ratner Named ACS Fellow

August 11, 2010

Professor Ratner will be named fellow of the American Chemical Society on August 23 in a ceremony at the society’s fall national meeting in Boston


Consumers Pushed to Alternative Brands in Light of Tylenol Recalls

August 8, 2010

Professor Diermier's opinion on Johnson & Johnson's slow response to Tylenol recalls


Study: Youth Not Only Cares About Facebok Privacy, They Do Something About It

July 29, 2010

Professor Hargittai's work featured in the New York Times


Crisis Mangement 101: What Can BP CEO Hayward's Mistakes Teach Us?

July 26, 2010

Professor Diermier comments on Tony Hayward's tactless remarks and mistakes in handling the oil spill crisis


Physicist Honored With Early Career Investigator Award

July 25, 2010

NICO member Adilson Motter receives the Inaugural Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award to help improve the U.S electric power grid


It pays to think before you click

July 20, 2010

Professor Uzzi on potential negative consequences of careless e-mailing to colleagues


Footballer Rating: Using science to identify true football/soccer stars

June 15, 2010

Professor Luis Amaral et. al. receive plenty of coverage in their published work that measures and ranks football/soccer players. Among the publications covering: The New York Times and


Workplace Rants on Social Media are Headache for Companies

May 11, 2010

Professor Uzzi comments on the importance to handle social media such as Twitter and Facebook with care


William Kath and Jorge Nocedal Named SIAM Fellows

April 11, 2010

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics named Professor William Kath as fellow for his contributions to the field


Downturn Accelerates Shift In Influence to Asia

March 31, 2010

Professor Chopra largely comments on the key role that China is playing in the global economic shift from West to the East.


Bartosz Grzybowski Features on BBC Radio Program

March 15, 2010

Professor Grzybowski talks about the important implications of his research on how droplets of oils can be directed to a point trough a maze.


Dirk Brockmann Receives Young Scientist Award

January 28, 2010

Professor Dirk Brockmann will receive the Young Scientist Award next spring from the Gernan Physical Society


Social Networking Brings New Rules at Work

January 22, 2010

Professor Uzzi comments on the potential risks that social networking represent for corporations.


Professor Dirk Brockmann's Research Featured on CBS Show "Numb3rs"

January 14, 2010

In this episode, Drik Brockmann's work is used to determine the area where a group of thieves will strike next.


NICO Newsletter Fall 2012

December 10, 2012