Upcoming Events

Feb
24
2024

Sievert Prize Lecture Series: "Networks: from Brains and Quantum Internet to Climate Change"

11:00 AM
Norris University Center

"Outlook: the Advent of Network Technologies"

Network phenomena are not only recurring in physics but also used to develop new technologies. From social networks, self-driving vehicles, and smart grids to internet-of-things and quantum networks, we discuss the network foundation of many emerging technologies and related challenges.

Arthur Monanari, Postdoctoral Researcher, Northwestern University

 

Feb
27
2024

Data Science Nights - February 2024 (Eliza Duvall, NU IBiS)

5:15 PM
Fisk Hall

FEBRUARY MEETING: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 5:20pm (US Central)

LOCATION:
In person: Fisk Hall, Room 114, Evanston Campus
Note: this month's Data Science Night is in person only.

AGENDA:
5:20pm - Meet and Greet
5:30pm - Talk w/ Eliza Duvall, Northwestern IBiS Program
6:20pm - Q&A

SPEAKER:

Eliza Duvall, PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program (IBiS), Northwestern University

Co-expression Network Sparsification via Effective Resistance
A network systems approach allows for more biologically interpretable and reproducible results when investigating a collection of genes. However, obtaining networks for a given system has proven challenging. Here, I will present an approach that applies spectral graph sparsification methods to sparsify a co-expression network generated from gene sets and transcriptome data.

DATA SCIENCE NIGHTS are monthly talks on data science techniques or applications, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome! For more information: http://bit.ly/nico-dsn

Feb
28
2024

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern School of Communication "Self-Presentation in Sociotechnical Life: How We Present Ourselves to Each Other in a World of Digital Platforms"

12:00 PM
Chambers Hall

Speaker:

Jeremy Birnholtz, Professor, School of Communication, Northwestern University

Title:

Self-Presentation in Sociotechnical Life: How We Present Ourselves to Each Other in a World of Digital Platforms

Abstract: 

Self-presentation, rooted in Goffman’s classic work, is the fundamental social process by which people shape their public personas and play the social roles (e.g., teacher, student, lesbian, doctor, etc.) that structure our everyday interactions. Today’s social platforms and communication technologies, however, complicate this process in ways that Goffman could never have anticipated. Specifically, the “physics” of how information moves in the environment have changed and can vary widely from platform to platform. And we lack a systematic framework for discussing these differences and how people cope with them (and their consequences). In this talk, I will discuss a book manuscript Michael Ann DeVito and I are working on to address this gap. I will give an overview of the framework, our focus in particular on LGBTQ+ populations, and how we can use this work to better understand and describe important social behavior in a range of online contexts.

Speaker Bio:

Jeremy Birnholtz is a Professor in the Communication Studies and, by courtesy, Computer Science Departments at Northwestern University. He is a recent past Van Zelst Research Professor and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern, and has also worked as a visiting professor at Facebook. Jeremy has been studying the social dynamics of online attention and self-presentation for nearly 20 years in work supported by the National Science Foundation, Facebook and Google. His work has been published in top journals and conferences in HCI, organization behavior and communication.

Location:

In person: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster Street, Lower Level
Remote option: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/95815707325
Passcode: NICO2024

About the Speaker Series:

Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems and data science. It brings together attendees ranging from graduate students to senior faculty who span all of the schools across Northwestern, from applied math to sociology to biology and every discipline in-between. Please visit: https://bit.ly/WedatNICO for information on future speakers.

Mar
06
2024

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Matt Groh, Kellogg School "Design and Evaluation of Human-AI Collaboration"

12:00 PM
Chambers Hall

Speaker:

Matt Groh, Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Title:

Design and Evaluation of Human-AI Collaboration

Abstract: 

TBA

Speaker Bio:

Matt Groh is an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a core faculty at NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. His research examines the dynamics of human-AI collaboration with a focus on misinformation, medical diagnosis, and empathy. Bridging methods from social science and machine learning, He builds large-scale digital experiments to study questions around when, where, why, and how the combination of human problem solving and AI systems leads to hybrid systems that surpass (or fail to surpass) the performance of either humans or the machine alone.

Location:

In person: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster Street, Lower Level
Remote option: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/93287512893
Passcode: NICO2024

About the Speaker Series:

Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems and data science. It brings together attendees ranging from graduate students to senior faculty who span all of the schools across Northwestern, from applied math to sociology to biology and every discipline in-between. Please visit: https://bit.ly/WedatNICO for information on future speakers.

Mar
13
2024

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Hyejin Youn, Kellogg School "Geometrics of the Adjacent Possibles: Harvesting Values at the Curvature"

12:00 PM
Chambers Hall

Speaker:

Hyejin Youn, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Title:

Geometrics of the Adjacent Possibles: Harvesting Values at the Curvature

Abstract: 

TBA

Speaker Bio:

Hyejin Youn is an Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a core faculty at NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. Her research interests are to understand the interplay between technological innovation and socio-economic systems (urbanization, economic diversity and specialization, invention activity, future of work). Her goal is to develop a theoretical, yet empirically grounded, framework that will enable us to turn the increasing volumes of data into scientific insights and well-designed policies, an approach known as computational social science. The mathematical tools and computational methods that are used include scaling theory, spatial analysis (including percolation theory, information theory and fractal dimension analysis), statistics, and network theory.

Location:

In person: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster Street, Lower Level
Remote option: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/97614034362
Passcode: NICO2024

About the Speaker Series:

Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems and data science. It brings together attendees ranging from graduate students to senior faculty who span all of the schools across Northwestern, from applied math to sociology to biology and every discipline in-between. Please visit: https://bit.ly/WedatNICO for information on future speakers.