Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems
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.
Kellogg Insight: Research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral set out to quantify gun violence at U.S. schools and made a surprising discovery.
Media Hit: NBC News article covers research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral on school shootings.
McCormick News: Research by Adam Pah and Luis Amaral highlights important connection between going to school and the expectation of finding work in America.
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.
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.
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.
PLOS Research News: An interview with Luis Amaral discussing his new research on collaboration patterns.
Media Hit: New York Times article covers new research by Dashun Wang on scientific careers.
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.
Kellogg Podcast with Dashun Wang and Duncan Watts. From tweets to scientific discoveries, human behavior is surprisingly predictable.
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.
McCormick News: Professor Luis Amaral calculates the odds in this McCormick Engineering article.
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.
Northwestern News: Data Science is a seismic shift in how faculty are doing research and how students are learning at Northwestern.
Northwestern News: Data Science initiatives provide tools, knowledge and connections to take research further. Q&A with Luis Amaral.
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.
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.
Northwestern Research: The cover story in the February 2016 issue features research by NICO Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Nelson and a team of Sociologists.
Media Hit: Moran Cerf and Brian Uzzi wrote an article for Entrepreneur about the benefits of human and machine collaboration.
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.
McCormick News: NICO Faculty who are on a research team leverage cells’ noisy nature to keep them healthy.
McCormick News: More than 230 participants representing 10 schools attended the weeklong boot camp.
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 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.
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.
McCormick News: A new computational model by Joshua Leonard and William Kath enables researchers to investigate cancer's earliest stages
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 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.
Northwestern Engineering Magazine, Spring 2015: Northwestern scientists and engineers work to understand and predict the behaviors of complex systems.
McCormick News: NICO faculty Mary Silber uses math to see if forecasting tipping points is possible.
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.
Media Hit: NICO scholar Michael Mauskapf and Noah Askin from INSEAD are featured in the Daily Mail for their research into Song Conventionality.
Media Hit: NICO Codirector Brian Uzzi is featured in a Forbes article by Michael Simmons.
New Publication: NICO Postdoctoral Fellow Agnes Horvat has published a paper in PLOS ONE on the topic of Network Centrality in the film industry.
McCormick News: NICO faculty Noshir Contractor and his collaborators are studying how to use networks to spread messages about public health knowledge.
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.
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.
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).
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: Synthetic biologists break new ground in medicine and energy by engineering living systems to tackle global problems.
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).
New Publication: NICO visiting scholar Cristian Huepe publishes an article in the American Physical Society (APS) Journal Physical Review Letters.
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.
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.
Luis Amaral and Adilson Motter elected Fellows of the American Physical Society
Motter's Group Organized the 2013 Network Frontier Workshop
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.
Based on the research of Brian Uzzi, Satyam Mukherjee, Michael Stringer and Benjamin F. Jones the right mixture balances conventionality, novelty, and collaboration
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 has been chosen as a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.
Northwestern University researchers have developed NECO, an algorithm for NEtwork COntrol, with applications to the rescue of processes like power outages and ecosystem collapses.
New approach can control large complex networks, from cells to power grids.
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 has been cited in a Princeton news release related to chimera states in synchronized systems.
Richard Sobel had an article published on CNN on the topic of ID rules and how it pertains to the current immigration debate.
NICO Co-Director Brian Uzzi recently discussed parts of the NSA spying program.
The NetLogo agent-based modeling software, developed by NICO member Uri Wilensky, has impacted a variety of fields.
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
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 faculty PJ Lamberson's course on collective dynamics in social networks is one of Kellogg's most popular courses.
Luis Amaral will join Brian Uzzi as NICO Co-director, effective September 1, 2013.
McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann has created a map showing the population mobility of Americans by tracking Dollar bills.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
Using his network expertise, Noshir Contractor is helping women succeed in science. Contractor presented his research at the AAAS meeting in Boston.
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
NICO faculty Uri Wilensky recently received a $1,000,000 award from NSF to develop and study computational materials for learning evolution.
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.
NICO faculty Luis Amaral was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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.
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.
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 codirectors Kevin Lynch and Brian Uzzi deliver keynote addresses at robotics conferences and TedX.
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.
NICO welcomes new members Daniel Romero, postdoc, and Cristian Huepe, visiting scholar.
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.
NICO hosted NetSci 2012 in June 2012, drawing over 400 attendees to Northwestern.
Northwestern PhD students Olivia Woolley-Meza, Isaac Velando, and Daniel Grady win prestigious awards at NetSci 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.
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, 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).
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.
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).
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.
Professor Diermeier and his colleagues show there is a correlation between the ideology of a lawmaker and his choice of words.
Take the quiz that ABC prepared based on the research of Daniel Diermeier, Jean-François Godbout, Bei Yu and Stefan Kaufmann to find out.
Professor Uzzi comments on the importance of network analysis and team science in enhancing an organization's productivity
Professor Uzzi comments on how an individual can multiply the effect of his effort through his own network.
Professor Chopra comments on the good ob that UPS has made in the logistics business.
IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice Daniel Diermeier comments on restoring trust in a brand after a crisis.
Professor Brian Uzzi Comments on the use of network analysis for uses such as promoting democracy.
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
Professor Diermier's opinion on Johnson & Johnson's slow response to Tylenol recalls
Professor Hargittai's work featured in the New York Times
Professor Diermier comments on Tony Hayward's tactless remarks and mistakes in handling the oil spill crisis
NICO member Adilson Motter receives the Inaugural Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award to help improve the U.S electric power grid
Professor Uzzi on potential negative consequences of careless e-mailing to colleagues
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 Forbes.com
Professor Uzzi comments on the importance to handle social media such as Twitter and Facebook with care
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics named Professor William Kath as fellow for his contributions to the field
Professor Chopra largely comments on the key role that China is playing in the global economic shift from West to the East.
Professor Grzybowski talks about the important implications of his research on how droplets of oils can be directed to a point trough a maze.
Professor Dirk Brockmann will receive the Young Scientist Award next spring from the Gernan Physical Society
Professor Uzzi comments on the potential risks that social networking represent for corporations.