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Tackling grand challenges, leading with interdisciplinary solutions

NICO serves as a facilitator for impactful research that leverage complexity, networks, and data science to address societal challenges. Expert faculty members collaborate at NICO to examine real-world problems like improving medical devices, mapping nationwide voting patterns, and predicting terror attacks. Researchers at NICO combine the interconnected approaches of business, engineering, computer science, anthropology, medicine, economics, and countless other disciplines to form the basis of their work.

Research Areas

Research Areas

NICO has become the springboard for leading researchers and innovators at Northwestern across multiple research areas.

NICO Initiatives

The skills needed to go from data to knowledge and application, which go under the name of Data Science, are in high demand in industry, government, and academia. In 2015, Northwestern launched the Data Science Initiative to foster data science research at Northwestern.

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Research by NICO faculty is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Lab, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Lab, the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation, DARPA, and many others.

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