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NICO Alumni are primarily post doctoral fellows and graduate students who have moved on to academic professorships or are now working in industry. Note: this page is not a complete listing as some alumni are also Affiliated or External Faculty.


Eduardo Altmann

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2009
Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Professor Altmann's research interests include: Complex Systems (extreme events, data analysis and models of socio-economical activities, complex networks), Non-linear dynamics (computational methods, transient chaos, billiards, chaos in Hamiltonian systems, optical microcavities) and Statistical properties of natural language (universal laws, language change, topic models).

Kartik Bajpai

PhD, Kellogg (Graduated 2019)
Assistant Professor, EM Lyon Business School

Kartikeya Bajpai research interests focus on the embedding of experts and professionals within organizations. In his empirical work he has examined a variety of expert roles and organizations, including, hedge fund portfolio managers and traders, hospital physicians and nurses, digital privacy officers, and workers employed in the creative industries.

James Bagrow

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2013
Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Professor Bagrow's interests include: complex networks (community detection, social modeling and human dynamics, statistical phenomena, graph similarity and isomorphism), statistical physics (non-equilibrium methods, phase transitions, percolation, interacting particle systems, spin glasses), optimization (glassy techniques such as simulated/quantum annealing, (non-gradient) minimization of noisy objective functions), and more.

Julia Poncela-Casasnovas

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

Julia Poncela-Casasnovas is interested in Statistical Physics, Non-Linear Physics and Complex Systems in general, and more specifically, in different processes on top of complex topologies, such as social networks.

Diego Fregolente

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2015-2017

Diego Fregolente has a PhD in Physics from University of Maribor - Slovenia. He is interested in complex networks, more precisely in understanding how information propagates through online social networks.

Michael Mauskapf

PhD, Kellogg (Graduated 2017)
Assistant Professor, Columbia Business School

Michael Mauskapf's research integrates insights from organization theory, economic sociology, and computational social science to better understand the dynamics of creativity, innovation, and success in cultural industries.

Roger Guimera

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2003
Research Professor, ICREA

Roger Guimerà graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona in 1998, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 2003. He then moved to Northwestern University, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and, later, as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008 he became a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern's department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, before accepting his current position at ICREA.

Jonathan Haynes

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2010-2012
SVP Director, Analytics at Starcom

Jonathan Haynes professional work experience includes management consulting, leading analytics and data science teams, creating complex behavioral analyses and statistical models in support of marketing initiatives, and building automated custom analytics solutions for clients.

Jared Lorince

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2016
Software Engineer, Narrative Science

Jared Lorence works as a Software Engineer at Narrative Science. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and data scientist at StumbleUpon. His academic research explored human behavior in social information environments on the Web, with a focus on music listening and tagging behavior. I integrate knowledge of human search and decision making capacities with large scale data mining and analysis methods.

Yifang Ma

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2019

Yifang Ma was a post-doctoral fellow at the Kellogg School of Management working with Professor Brian Uzzi. Yifang's research is focused on understanding the collective behaviors of individuals from massive data. He is also interested in citation networks, social and economic networks, human mobility, and data visualization.

Spiro Maroulis

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2009
Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Professor Maroulis' research addresses the theoretical and methodological challenges involved with studying how social and economic systems change.   He is especially interested in understanding the problem of “policy resistance” - why well-intentioned organizational and public policies often produce unanticipated responses by the systems they trying to improve.  He views understanding the connection between individual and collective behavior as central to understanding policy resistance, and consequently use tools such as agent‐based modeling and social network analysis which foreground the interactions between individuals in a system.

Satyam Mukherjee

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2016
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

Satyam Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Quantitative Methods and Information Systems in Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, India. Satyam was a post doctoral fellow in Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) at Northwestern University Evanston working with Prof Brian Uzzi between 2012 and 2016. His research interests are in Big Data, Physics of Complex Systems, Statistical Physics, Complex Networks, Political Prediction Markets, and Sports Analysis.

Laura Nelson

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2014-2016
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Professor Nelson is a scholar of social movements and culture, computational sociologist, automated text analysis methodologist, and open source, open science, reproducible research enthusiast.

Daniel Romero

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2013
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Professor Romero's main research interest is the empirical and theoretical analysis of Social and Information Networks. He is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms involved in network evolution, information diffusion, and interactions among people on the Web and in complex organizations.

Serguei Saavedra

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2010-2012
Mitsui Chair Professor, MIT

Professor Saavedra studies the tolerance and response of ecological communities to environmental variations through the lens of structural stability.

Pramesh Singh

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2015-2016

Pramesh Singh's research focuses on complex networks, social dynamics, stochastic processes, critical phenomena, monte carlo simulations, and statistical mechanics.

Jayaram Uparna

PhD, Kellogg (Graduated 2015)
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Professor Uparna’s research is about entrepreneurship, emerging markets, network theory and big data. He studies small-scale entrepreneurs across the world, and how they exhibit, solicit and receive trust in cross-cultural settings. He is also interested in the antecedents of entrepreneurial decisions in hierarchical societies, and predictors of such endeavors.

Frank van der Wouden

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2018-2019
Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Frank van der Wouden's main academic interests are: 1) the uneven spatial distribution of economic and innovative activities, 2) how networks of collaboration connect agents and places. 3) how distance impacts learning, and 4) technological change, innovation and economic development.

Wouter Vermeer

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018
Research Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

Wouter Vermeer is a research assistant professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He was a post doctoral fellow affiliated with NICO and organized the NICO reading group from 2016-2018. His main research interests lie in the field of network analysis, diffusion modeling and data science.

Yang Wang

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Yang Wang was a post-doctoral fellow working with Professor Dashun Wang. His research focuses on network theory and data analysis, with particular interest in computational social science, big data, complex networks, and time series analysis. Currently, he is also interested in understanding human collective behavior and its connection to future success, using network tools.

Youyou Wu

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

Youyou Wu's doctoral work focused on inferring people's personality from their social media profiles using machine learning and text mining. More recently, she is interested in how machine algorithms' performance compares to humans' in various social/cognitive tasks, and whether algorithms can help overcome human biases.

Stefan Wuchty

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2007
Associate Professor, University of Miami

Stefan Wuchty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Miami. His research revolves around the development and application of bioinformatics algorithms and computational tools to real biological and biomedical problems. Furthermore, his group also focuses on research in the social sciences, where he is interested in the computational analysis of groups and contents in social media and the patterns in the production of scientific knowledge. 

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