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Profiles

Research Interests

Amaral, Luis (Co-director)

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

HHMI Early Career Scientist

Associate Professor of Medicine

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-7850

Complex networks in nature; system-level modeling of biological processes.  Integrative modeling of gene and protein interaction-networks, complex fluctuations in healthy physiologic systems.

Uzzi, Brian (Co-director)

Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Leadership

Professor of Sociology

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Science

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-8072

Social network analysis and complexity theory focused on understanding outstanding human achievement in finance, consulting science and the arts.

Pah, Adam (Associate Director)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-467-1395

Research Interests: Innovation adoption in professional networks; Predicting social dynamics with missing network information; Healthcare networks and decision support; Social policy

Abrams, Danny

Assistant Professor, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-5346

Dynamics of networked oscillators; synchronization; mathematical models of consensus in social systems; dynamics of geophysical networks

Andersen, Erik

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-467-4382

Humans differ in their susceptibilities to cancer, diabetes, and other common diseases because of each individual's unique genetic makeup and the effects of their particular environment. The Andersen laboratory uses classical, quantitative, and molecular genetics in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to identify the genes that vary within populations to cause differences in disease susceptibilities.

Bagheri, Neda

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-2716

Integration of experimental data with computational analysis to investigate dynamic regulation of complex biological systems. Specific applications to cancer and immunology.

Birkett, Michelle

Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences

Director, CONNECT Research Program

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

Feinberg School of Medicine

Social and contextual drivers of health disparities; Social marginalization; HIV; Network Analysis; Methods for social and contextual data capture; Transdisciplinary collaborations

Braun, Rosemary

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: 312-503-3644

Computational biology; inference and modeling of regulatory networks; cancer genomics; bioinformatics/biostatistical methods.

Bustamante, Fabián

Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-2745

I am interested in large-scale, longitudinal experimental research on computer networks and distributed systems.

Carruthers, Bruce

John D. MacArthur Chair and 
Professor of Sociology


Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: (847) 467-1251

Comparative Sociology, Economy and Society, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Organizations

Chopra, Sunil

IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management

Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-8169

Operations management, logistics and distribution management, design of communication networks and design of distribtuion networks, combinational optimization, supply chain risk.

Colyvas, Jeannette

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Learning Sciences, School of Education & Social Policy

Associate Professor, Management and Organizations (by Courtesy)

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-467-5020

Organizations and entrepreneurship; institutions  and networks; comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing; university-industry interfaces; public and private science.

Contractor, Noshir

Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences

Director of the Science of Networks in Communities Research Group

School of Communication

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-3669

Social and knowledge networks:theories, statistical and computational methods: organizational theory.

Franconeri, Steve

Associate Professor

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-467-1259

Within both the natural world and constructed displays, our visual system transforms a raw image into objects and relations. Our laboratory explores this transformation: how we group objects together, how we count, how we know whether one object is larger, brighter or farther to the right than another, how we track objects over space & time, and why our visual system encounters limitations in how many things we can process at once.

Freeman, Randy

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-2606

Nonlinear systems and control theory; robust, adaptive and optimal control theory; stability and performance of interconnected systems;decentralized control and estimation

Iravani, Seyed

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-5538

Stochastic modeling and its applications in production, service operations systems, management of health care access operations, manufacturing and supply chain management.

Jewett, Michael

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-5007

Our research aims to engineer biological systems for compelling applications in medicine and biotechnology.  We focus on cell-free systems, with particular emphasis on protein synthesis and metabolism. Engineering cell-free systems both tests our understanding of how life works and generates useful, cost-effective factories for manufacturing human therapeutics and valuable biochemicals that are difficult to make in vivo. Our approach is to integrate fundamental research and engineering design principles with technology development.

 

Kath, William

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-3345

Computational neuroscience, fiber optics, wave propagation, nonlinear dynamics, complex systems.

Kording, Konrad

Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Physiology

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: 857-928-5370

Biostatistics; Computational Biology; Computational Neuroscience; Electrophysiology; Neuroscience; Psychology; Rehabilitation/Therapy; Simulation

Lynch, Kevin

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-5451

Robotics, mechanics, planning and control of robotic manipulation; self organized systems, particularly decentralized control of mobile sensor networks; motion planning and control for underactuated dynamic systems; physical human/robot interaction, industrial applications.

MacIver, Malcolm

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Neurobiology (by Courtesy)

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-3540

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head. His primary scientific efforts are in understanding how animal mechanics and sensory abilities fit together, and he pursues that problem using approaches from neuroscience, animal behavior studies, robotics, mathematical modeling, and computer simulations. In engineering, he has pioneered the development of a new sensor inspired by the ability of certain fish to sense using a self-generated electric field, and highly maneuverable propulsion systems based on fish locomotion.

Motter, Adilson

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-4611

Professor Motter's research is focused on the dynamical behavior of complex systems and complex networks. In particular, in recent work Motter and his collaborators have established conditions for the synchronization of power grids and other complex networks, have developed the concept of synthetic rescue in network biology, have designed the first class of metamaterials that exhibit longitudinal negative compressibility, have developed methods for the control the nonlinear dynamics of complex networks, including cascade failures in distributed systems, and have investigated implications of these methods for the recovery of lost function in biological, ecological, and physical networks.

Mrksich, Milan

Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-0472

My group’s interests overlap chemistry, biology and engineering, with an emphasis on the design and synthesis of materials that are biologically active and in applications of the materials to relevant problems in the biological and medical sciences. 

Murphey, Todd

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-1041

Professor Murphey's research focuses on computational methods in dynamics and control.  The group focuses on computational models of embedded control, biomechanical simulation, dynamic exploration, and hybrid control.  Much of the work uses structured integration (numerical techniques specifically suited to mechanical systems) to ensure stability and robustness of the numerical technique.

Ottino, Julio

Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-5220

Complex systems, dynamics of granular matter, mixing and segregation.

Smith, Edward (Ned)

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-467-4907

Decision Making, Social Networks, Status and Identity, Organizational and Group Structure and Relationships, Market Emergence, Creativity and Innovation, Social Structure of Organizations and Markets; Business Strategy and Implementation.

Szleifer, Igal

Christina Enroth-Cugell Professor of Biomedical Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Specific systems of interest include: protein adsorption and biocompatible materials, lipid layers and model cell membranes, drug delivery systems, ligand-receptor binding and smart (reponsive) materials.

Wang, Dashun

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-8070

Professor Wang leads a group of highly interdisciplinary researchers who are extremely passionate about data. His research takes a multidisciplinary approach-- combining computational social science, statistical physics, and computer science-- to exploit the opportunities and promises offered by Big Data.

Wilensky, Uri

Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Sciences

School of Education and Social Policy

P: 847-467-3818

Mathematics and science education in the context of computation, connected learning, constructionism, computer-based modeling, agent-based modeling and complex systems and education.

Woodruff, Teresa

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: 312-503-2503

Reproductive endocrinology, female reproductive health and infertility, oncofertility

Zettelmeyer, Florian

Nancy L. Ertle Professor of Marketing

Director, Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg

Kellogg School of Management

Marketing implications of consumer search and uncertainty, industrial organization, pricing, Internet

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Research Interests

Bina, Craig

Wayne V. Jones II Professor of Geological Sciences

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Professor Earth and Planetary Sciences

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-3238

Thermodynamics; thermoelasticity; phase transitions; structure, composition and dynamics of planetary interiors; body-wave seismology;subduction processes; networks and complex systems.

Chisholm, Rex L.

Dean for Research

Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics

Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: 312-503-3209

Cell motility; cell movement during morphogenesis; molecular genetics of motor molecules; myosin;dyein; molecular motors and disease.

Clark, Brady

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-5778

Syntactic variation and change, semantics, pragmatics.

Goldrick, Matt

Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-8053

Psycholinguistics, cognitive neuropsychology, computational modeling, phonology.

Horvat, Agnes

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

School of Communication, Northwestern University

Agnes is interested in modelling and inference in complex networks with a focus on interdisciplinary research: The application and generalization of analytic methods from physics and computer science to social, biological, economic, and art networks.

Hartmann, Mitra

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-467-4633

Neurobiology and biomechanics of active senasing behaviors, the development of bio-inspired computational models and hardware to test candidates neurobiological algorithms.

Huang, Yun

Research Scientist

P: 847-467-2563

Individual behavior, interactions, and virtual teams in digital-enabled environments such as scientific collaboration, online communities, and virtual worlds; analyzing the dynamic and evolution of individual relations using data mining, social network analysis, and economics approaches.

Jones, Benjamin

Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship Professor of Strategy

Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI)

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-3177

My research focuses largely on innovation and creativity, with recent work investigating the role of teamwork in innovation and the relationship between age and invention. I also study global economic development, including the roles of education, climate, and national leadership in explaining the wealth and poverty of nations.

Kiesling, Lynne

Senior Lecturer of Economics

Senior Lecturer of Social Enterprise

Faculty Affiliate

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-8250

Regulatory reform and restructuring, particularly of network industries.

Lueptow, Richard M.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Co-Director of the Master of Product Development Program

Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-3553

Complexity and chaos in granular and fluid flows; pattern formation; mixing and segregation; discrete-element simulation, experiements and theory of granular flows; mixing by cutting and shuffling.

Morimoto, Rick

Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology

Director, Rice Institute for Biomedical Research

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-3714

Regulation and function of molecular chaperones.

Morson, Gary

Frances Hooper Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-3651

Literacy theory (especially narrative); the history of ideas, both Russian and European; literary genres (especially satire, utopia and the novel); Chekhov, Gogol, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

Nishikawa, Takashi

Research Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-467-2493

Complex networks, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos.  Structure-dynamics relation in networks of dynamical systems.  Synchronization of coupled oscillators, with application to power grids.

Ratner, Mark

Professor of Engineering Science and Applied Science

Fellow of the American Physical Society

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-5652

Nonlinear optical response properties of molecules'electron transfer and molecular electronics, dynamics of polymer electrolyte transport'self-consistent field models for coupled vibration reaction dynamics; mean-field models for extended systems, including proteins and molecular assemblies'photonics in nanoscale systems; energetics of DNA/protein binding.

Riecke, Hermann

Professor of Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics

Fellow of the American Physical Society

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-8316

Computational Neuroscience: dynamics of neuronal networks with heterogeneous connectivity, information processing by neuronal networks in the olfactory bulb, and adaptive neural networks.  Pattern formation: spatially extended dynamical systems, bifucation theory with symmetry, complex patterns, spatio-temporal chaos.

Schatz, George

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences Department of Chemistry

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: 847-491-5657

Using theory and computation to describe physical phenomena in a broad range of applications relevant to chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.

Schnabel, Michael

Research Associate (Assistant Professor)

Chicago Harris, University of Chicago

Application of methods from theoretical physics to the modeling of collective decision making in biological and social systems. Statistical mechanics of spin systems on general network topologies. Self-organization/pattern formation of neuronal preferences in the mammalian brain.    

Solla, Sara

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: 312-503-1408

Application of statistical mechanics to the analysis of complex systems, the study of neural networks.

Spencer, Bruce

Professor and Chair of Statics

Fellow of the American Statistical Association Institute for Policy Research

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

P: 847-491-5810

Statistics and public policy with a special focus in the design and evaluation of large-scale statistical data programs.

Van Mieghem, Jan A.

Senior Associate Dean of Currriculum and Teaching

Harold L. Stuart Distinguished Professor of Managerial Economics

Professor of Operations Management

Kellogg School of Management

P: 847-491-5481

Operations management (capacity, inventory and supply chain management: queuing news vendor and heavy traffic theory and optimization), operations strategy (capacity investment, network design, strategic sourching, pricing)

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Research Interests

Allesina, Stefano

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution, Computation Institute

University of Chicago

P: 773-702-7825

My laboratory develops new mathematical, statistical and computational methods for the analysis of ecological data. Common themes in the laboratory are: the dynamics of large ecological systems, building food webs from scratch, response to extinctions, and the science of science.

Arbesman, Samuel

Senior Scholar, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Research Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Harvard University

P: 617-432-7421

Understanding how cities work and the future of science.  In addition, he writes for popular audiences as a contributor to Wired, and his essays about math and science have appeared in such places as the New York TimesThe Atlantic, and the Ideas section of the Boston Globe. Arbesman is the author of The Half Life of Facts, about how knowledge changes over time.

 

Axtell, Robert

Chair and Professor, Department of Computational Social Science

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

P: 703-993-9302

My teaching and research involves computational and mathematical modeling of social and economic processes. Specifically, I work at the intersection of multi-agent systems computer science and the social sciences, building so-called agent-based models of a variety of market and non-market phenomena.

Bentley, Alex

Professor, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

University of Houston

Alex Bentley  is a Professor and former Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston, an external faculty member at Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and a Research Associate at the Hobby Center for Public Policy, University of Houston.  His research interests include the dynamics of collective decisions and the spread of human behaviors. A recent book, I’ll Have What She’s Having: Mapping Social Behavior was published in 2011 by MIT Press. His forthcoming book, “The Future of Culture Evolution,” should appear in 2017. His website is www.alex-bentley.com.


Brockmann, Dirk

Professor, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Department of Biology

Humboldt University, Berlin

P: +49 (30) 187542070

Dynamical phenomena in physics, biology, sociology, neuroscience and economics

Buhr, Helena

Google

P: 734-262-3935

Social networks and their role in organizations and markets; Behaviors in online communities; Large-scale experiments. Institutional Information: Google, Inc

Diermeier, Daniel

Dean, Harris School of Public Policy and Emmett Dedmon Professor of Public Administration

University of Chicago

P: 773.702.9623

His teaching and research focus on formal political theory, political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, text analytics, public perception, as well as crisis and reputation management.

Evans, James

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

P: 773-834-3612

My research focuses on the collective system of thinking and knowing, ranging from the distribution of attention and intuition, the origin of ideas and shared habits of reasoning to processes of agreement (and dispute), accumulation of certainty (and doubt), and the texture—novelty, ambiguity, topology—of human understanding. I am especially interested in innovation—how new ideas and practices emerge—and the role that social and technical institutions (e.g., the Internet, markets, collaborations) play in collective cognition and discovery.

Guimera, Roger

Professor

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

P: 34-977-558-661

Roger Guimerà (Barcelona, 1976) 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.

Hargittai, Eszter

Professor, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research

University of Zurich

Eszter Hargittai is a Professor in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich where she heads the Media Use and Society division. Eszter's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's Web-use skills influence what they do online.

Huepe, Cristian

Research Scientist & President, CHuepe Labs Inc.

Adjunct Professor, ESAM Northwestern University

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Huepe obtained his PhD in Physics at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, after completing undergraduate studies in his native Chile.  Dr. Cristian Huepe is a physicist conducting research in complex systems, nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics.  He has worked in various subjects throughout his career, including: superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensates, a toy cosmology model, finite-time singularities, spatiotemporal chaos, defect dynamics and Faraday waves.  His current research focuses on the dynamics of collective motion and complex networks.

Lamberson, PJ

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Mathematical and computational modeling; social dynamics, spread of technologies and behaviors, tipping points, combining forecasts, markets with positive feedbacks.

Malmgren, Dean

Data Scientist, Datascope Analytics

Dean Malmgren is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope Analytics, a data-driven consulting and design firm in Chicago, where he has helped clients like P&G, Daegis, and Thomson Reuters use data to solve the right problem. When he’s not brainstorming data-driven concepts or writing code to analyze/visualize data, he enjoys DIY projects, cooking, playing sports (e.g., running, cycling, golf), reading, and a hearty dose of parenthood. Dean received a BS from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Northwestern University, has spoken at conferences like Strata, and published peer-reviewed research in journals like Nature, Science, and PNAS that have been featured in places like TIME, Wired, and US News & World Report.

Pierrehumbert, Janet

Professor of Language Modelling

Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

Language evolution, textmining, automatic speech recognition, and word games.

Rand, Bill

Assistant Professor, Director Center for Complexity in Business

University of Maryland

P: 301-405-7229

William Rand examines the use of computational modeling techniques, like agent-based modeling, geographic information systems, social network analysis, and machine learning, to help understand and analyze complex systems, such as the diffusion of innovation, organizational learning, and economic markets. He serves as the Director of the Center for Complexity in Business, the first academic research center focused solely on the application of complex systems techniques to business applications and management science. He also has an appointment with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and affiliate appointments with the Departments of Decision, Operations & Information Technology and Computer Science.

Reed-Tsochas, Felix

James Martin Lecturer in Complex Systems and Associate Dean for Research

Said Business School, University of Oxford

P: +44 (0)1865 288502

Felix’s research has addressed the dynamic properties of large-scale collaboration and manufacturing networks, common structural features in organisational and ecological networks, the impact of imitation mechanisms on the emergence of cooperation, the robustness of ecological networks, and the spread of innovations in online social networks. These individual projects are linked by broader theoretical concerns, including the need to develop a more dynamic conception of network robustness and resilience, and an interest in identifying generative mechanisms that give rise to generic structures of cooperation.

Rivera, Mark

People Analyst & Data Scientist

Google

Mark Rivera has a PhD from the Kellogg School of Management. His research draws from sociology, social-psychology, and statistical physics to understand how people form social networks and how these connections affect creativity, achievement, and job-satisfaction for people and for organizations.

Sales-Pardo, Marta

Associate Professor

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

P: 34-977-297-010

Marta Sales-Pardo (Barcelona, 1976) graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona in 1998, and obtained a PhD in Physics from Universitat de Barcelona in 2002. She then moved to Northwestern University, where she first worked as a postdoctoral fellow and, later, as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008, she became a Research Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science Institute with joint appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. In 2009, she accepted her current posistion as an Associate Professor in the Departament d’Engineyria Química at Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Stringer, Michael

Managing Partner, DataScope Analytics

Kellogg School of Management

Mike Stringer is co-founder and managing partner. A physicist gone wild, Mike is passionate about realizing the potential for big data analytics to make a positive impact on business and society. Despite wearing a suit occasionally, he still finds the time to argue with others about Bayesian statistics, explore the amazing food in Chicago, and has recently become fascinated with typography. Mike received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in physics from Northwestern University.

Silber, Mary

Professor, Department of Statistics and the College

University of Chicago

P: 773.702.8335

Dynamical systems and their applications, bifurcation theory, pattern formation, delay equations and feedback control, tipping points, climate and ecology.

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Bajpai, Kartik

PhD Student, Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

Kartikeya Bajpai is a doctoral student of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests focus on the social and cultural processes that undergird meaningmaking and valuation in organizations, occupations and markets. 

Fregolente, Diego

Post Doctoral Fellow

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

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

Gaughan, Kevin

PhD Student, Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

Kevin’s research involves the study of financial market behavior from a network perspective. Currently, he is studying the network dynamics of large institutional investors in the United States by measuring the degree to which their portfolio of equity holdings overlap. His work also focuses on social networks at the individual level of analysis, where he examines how the communication patterns of hedge fund traders influence their short-term investment decisions.

Jin, Qing

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Qing is a predoctoral research fellow at Kellogg School of Management and NICO, Northwestern University and a PhD candidate of physics at Northeastern University. His research interests focus on studying social systems with a combination of theoretical tool and data analysis, including mathematical modeling of network dynamics, data-driven study of diffusion of innovations, understanding of universal substitution patterns, uncovering influence of social network on product adoption.

Lu, Liu

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Lu is a visiting predoctoral fellow at Kellogg School of Management and NICO, and a PhD candidate at College of Information Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University. Her research interest is computational social science, science of science, data mining and machine learning. She is particularly interested in understanding and quantifying the career trajectory of scientists and professionals from other domains.

Ma, Yifang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Yifang received a Ph.D in Mathematics from the School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University. His doctoral research focused on dynamical systems and complex networks. He is now a post-doc at Kellogg School of Management and NICO, working with Prof. 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.

Poncela-Casasnovas, Julia

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Julia is a Physicist by training, interested mostly in computational and statistical modelling of different processes on social networks. She has worked on projects such as the spreading of medical technology among doctors, or the connection between individuals' embeddedness in a social network and their healthy/unhealthy outcomes like obesity. She also has experience with lab-in-the-field social experiments, specifically, using Game Theory to classify people according to different types of behaviour. Julia is currently working on several projects connecting human creativity, success, and collaboration networks.

Vermeer, Wouter

Post Doctoral Fellow

Feinberg School of Medicine

P: P: 773-899-4701

Wouter has a PhD in Business Information Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His doctoral research focused on the mechanism of propagation in networks. His research interests include (social) network analysis, propagation of information, agent-based Modeling, complex systems and multiplex/multilayer networks. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics in networks, and the phenomenon of scaling which links micro- and macro-level behavior.

Wang, Yang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Yang received his PhD in department of Physics from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is now a postdoc fellow at Kellogg School of Management and NICO. His research focuses on network theory, data analysis, with particular in science of science, big data, citation networks, and time series analysis. He also interests in understanding the collective behavior of human and its connection to future success, using network tools.

Wu, Youyou

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Youyou received her Ph.D in Psychology from University of Cambridge. Her doctoral work focused on inferring people's personality from their social media profiles using machine learning and text mining. Currently, she is interested in how machine algorithms' performance compares to humans' in various social/cognitive tasks, and whether algorithms can help overcome human biases.

Yang, Yang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Yang received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame. Currently he is a post-doc at Kellog School of Management and NICO. He studies data mining, statistics, and network science, with a focus on the link prediction problem, social influence analysis, and social network evolution. He is also interested in applying network methodologies to analyze the development of complex socio-economic systems, such as the traders alliance network.

Yin, Yian

PhD Student, IEMS

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Yian Yin is currently a PhD student at IEMS and NICO. His research focuses on data mining and network science, with a focus on science of science and time series analysis. Prior coming to Northwestern, he received a Bachelor degree in Statistics from Peking University

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Feld, Scott

Visiting Scholar, 2010

Professor of Sociology

Purdue University

Scott Feld is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.  He has published over sixty articles, including twelve published in the most prestigious journals in the fields of Sociology and Political Science.  His ongoing research interests involve 1) causes and consequences of patterns in social networks, 2) processes of individual and collective decision making, and 3) applications of sociology, most recently including innovations in marriage and divorce laws (covenant marriage).

Spiro, Jarrett

Visiting Scholar, 2012

Data Scientist at Humana

Jarett Spiro is a Data Scientists at Humana. He is a researcher with experience analyzing large, semi-structured and unstructured databases. His research produced several insights, including: how to increase team performance, identify social network structures that foster innovation and creativity, and provide improved frameworks for organizations to make sense of their environment, increasing the organizations’ effectiveness and efficiency. Before joining Humana he was an Assistant Professor at INSEAD.

Vedres, Balazs

Visiting Scholar, 2014

Associate Professor

Central European University

Balazs Vedres' research furthers the agenda of understanding historical dynamics in network systems, combining insights from historical sociology, social network analysis, and studies of complex systems in physics and biology. His contribution is to combine historical sensitivities to patterns of processes in time with a network analytic sensitivity to patterns of connectedness cross-sectionally. Over the last decade Balazs Vedres developed data collection and analysis techniques to handle large historical datasets. His research results were published in the top journals of sociology, his most recent publication in the American Journal of Sociology analyzes generative tensions in the historical evolution of business groups.

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Altmann, Eduardo

Group Leader

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

Dynamical processes and statistical properties of natural language, including language change, spreading of linguistic inovations, burstiness of words.

Analysis of extreme events in social systems including its dynamical origins, recurrence properties, prediction, and reactions.

Chaos in Hamiltonian systems, including billiards, stickiness in systems with mixed phase space, Poincare recurrence time, and optical cavities. A visual introduction to some of this topic you can find  at: Visualization of dynamical systems: Billiards |Recurrences 

Bagrow, James

Assistant Professor

University of Vermont

My 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), and Optimization (glassy techniques such as simulated/quantum annealing, (non-gradient) minimization of noisy objective functions), and more.

Mauskapf, Michael

PhD Student, Management & Organizations (Graduated 2017)

Kellogg School of Management

Michael is currently interested in the large-scale dynamics of cultural innovation, particularly in the domain of music. Prior to coming to Kellogg, he received a PhD in musicology from the University of Michigan, where he studied the evolution of orchestra management models and their artistic consequences. 

Guimera, Roger

Professor

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

P: 34-977-558-661

Roger Guimerà (Barcelona, 1976) 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.

Haynes, Jonathan

Starcom

Kellogg School of Management

I study how social structure affects labor mobility. My current project focuses on two specific aspects of social structure: 1) How variations in the structure of regional social networks impact the potential for information flow, and thereby, knowledge transfer and innovation. 2) How existing network structure and institutional context condition micro-structural network evolution. The ultimate goal is to develop a general theory of labor mobility and social network cohesion that has specific consequences for innovation, group relations, and group stability.

Leiss, Matthias

Visiting Scholar, Fall 2014

Matthias Leiss previously studied physics at the University of Munich, Germany and EPFL, Switzerland. Professor Dirk Helbing and Professor Didier Sornette supervise his doctoral studies on financial market risk. Matthias’ work involves both modeling market dynamics and data-driven analysis of various risk measures.

Lorince, Jared

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Jared received his PhD in cognitive science and psychology from Indiana University in 2016. His work explores human behavior in social information environments on the Web, with a focus on music listening and collective classification (e.g. tagging). Jared integrates knowledge of human search and decision making capacities with large scale data mining and analysis methods.

Maroulis, Spiro

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

My research addresses the theoretical and methodological challenges involved with studying how social and economic systems change.  The underlying motivation for my work is the desire to understand why well-intentioned organizational and public policies often provoke resistance and unanticipated responses by the system they are trying to improve. I view understanding the connection between individual and collective behavior as central to understanding this problem, and consequently use tools like agent-based modeling and social network analysis that foreground the interactions between individuals in a social system.

Micheli, Maria Rita

Visiting Scholar, Fall 2013

Kellogg School of Management

Maria Rita is a PhD student at the Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University and visiting at Kellogg School of Management and NICO. In her dissertation, she looks at networks as learning environments and she is interested in understanding how information diffuses through ties. She is interested both in inter - organizational and intra - organizational network dynamics.

Mukherjee, Satyam

Assistant Professor

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

Satyam 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.

Nelson, Laura

Assistant Professor

College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern

Laura uses computational tools, principally automated text analysis, to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and organizations.

Romero, Daniel

Assistant Professor

University of Michigan

My main research interest is the empirical and theoretical analysis of Social and Information Networks.  I am particularly interested in the study of network evolution and information diffusion.

Saavedra, Serguei

CABDyN Associate Fellow

I am mainly interested in understanding the emerging processes shaping complex socio-economic and ecological systems. My research has been focused on the analysis of declining networks, principles of bilateral cooperation between animals and between organizations, and dynamics in voting networks. I am also looking at transmission processes of information/errors, differences between status and reputation, and trying to add new research interests to my list.

Schulz, Christian

Visiting Scholar, Fall 2014

Kellogg School of Management

Christian is a PhD student at ETH Zurich, currently visiting NICO. He is interested in the evolution of large collaborative communities like the network of scientists, software developers and other open online communities that enable highly collaborative work. In his dissertation, he analyzes social network data using calibrated agent-based models.

Stringer, Michael

Managing Partner, DataScope Analytics

Mike Stringer is co-founder and managing partner. A physicist gone wild, Mike is passionate about realizing the potential for big data analytics to make a positive impact on business and society. Despite wearing a suit occasionally, he still finds the time to argue with others about Bayesian statistics, explore the amazing food in Chicago, and has recently become fascinated with typography. Mike received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in physics from Northwestern University.

Singh, Pramesh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kellogg School of Management

Complex networks, social dynamics, stochastic processes, critical phenomena, monte carlo simulations, and statistical mechanics.

Switanek, Nick

Data Scientist

Woolley-Meza, Olivia

Computational Social Science, ETH Zürich

P: +41 44 632 42 69

Modeling and Simulation

Uparna, Jay

Visiting Scholar

University of California, Irvine

Jay Uparna focuses on the study of poverty through social-network, resource-based and contextual perspectives.

Zhou, Wen

Visiting Scholar, July 2013 - July 2014

Wen Zhou is Associate Professor of Computer Science at School of Computer Engineering and Science at Shanghai University. She received her PhD from School of Computer Engineering and Science at Shanghai University. Zhou's research has covered various subjects of computer science and management science including: data mining algorithms and applications, text mining, innovation, knowledge flow on inter-organization network, and social network analysis. Her work has examined several areas including Chinese automobile industry.

Wuchty, Stefan

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science, University of Miami

P: 305-284-1707

Analysis of biological/biochemical networks

Profiles

Research Interests

Gutowska, Justyna

Program Administrator

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: (847) 467-1382

Justyna Gutowska is the NICO Program Administrator. She directs the administrative management of the Institute including the NU Data Science Initiative (DSI), and ensures effective administration of the Big Data Planning Committee and related sub committees. She also oversees the daily management of all operational, financial and business functions including faculty support, pre and post award management, fellowship management, post doc and student funding, and Institute budget preparation and reconciliation.

Khan, Yasmeen

Business Coordinator

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

P: (847) 491 2527

Yasmeen Khan joined NICO in September 2016 as the Business Coordinator. She happily coordinates NICO's administrative processes and events, including accounting and financial management. She also assists in the design, planning and execution of NICO marketing and communication plans. 

Marfia, Andrew

Program Assistant 4

Kellogg School of Management

P: (847) 491 8065

Andy Marfia manages the NICO social media accounts and web sites, and assists in marketing the Wednesday @ NICO speaker series and other events. He works in Kellogg's Management & Organizations Department with Professor Brian Uzzi.