Upcoming Events


SICSS: Summer Institute in Computational Social Science in Chicago

12:00 AM

From Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 29, 2018, the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science is sponsoring a Chicago partner site hosted at Northwestern University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together graduate students and early career researchers in both social science (broadly conceived) and data science (broadly conceived). Content will include live-streamed lectures from the main site at Duke University as well as guest speakers who will present on cutting-edge computational research and methods. Topics covered include text analysis, digital data collection, experimental design, non-probability sampling, agent based modeling, and ethics.

Participation is restricted to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. Due to limited space, up to twenty participants will be invited. To facilitate the planning process, you must submit your application materials by April 21st, 2018.

Please visit the SICSS Chicago web site for more info.


The 160th Annual Commencement

8:30 AM
Ryan Field

The 160th Annual Commencement


Data Science Research Day

12:00 PM
Norris University Center

Join us on Monday, June 25th for Data Science Research Day! Beginning at noon, Data Science Fellows, Data Science Scholars, and students supported by Data Science research grants will share insights on areas such as research reproducibility in computational science, data management, data science challenges, and research communication.

The half day symposium will consist of a series of lightning talks, panel discussion, and meet and greet sessions throughout the day. This collaborative event is a great opportunity to network with other data science students across the campus.

This event is open to all Northwestern undergrads, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and is being organized by NICO and the Northwestern Data Science Initiative.

Event space is limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Tentative Agenda:

12:15 - Lunch, Welcome and Introduction

12:45 - Talk Series 1: Statistics
• Chris Skovron
• Ben Nelson
• Stephen Antos

1:35 - Break

1:50 - Talk Series 2: Machine Learning
• Adam Miller
• Ye Xue
• Shibo Zhang
• Albert Zue
• Vicky Chuqiao Yang

2:50 - Break and Meet-and-Greet

3:05 - Panel: How We Find New Data Science Tools and Resources

3:35 - Talk Series 3: Complex Data Visualization
• Adam Goodkind
• Colin Phillips
• Aymeric Punel

4:30 - Wrap-up, Refreshments and Meet-and-Greet Con’t


Data Science Nights @ Northwestern - June Meeting

6:30 PM
Chambers Hall

JUNE MEETING: Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6:30pm in Chambers Hall, Evanston

DATA SCIENCE NIGHTS are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by fellows and scholars from the Northwestern Data Science Initiative. Each night will feature one hour of structured programming followed by a hacking night with data science project or learning groups of your choice.

Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome!

Tentative Agenda:

6.15 – 6.30 pm: Socializing and networking
6.30 – 6.40 pm: Welcome and announcements
6.40 – 7.05 pm: Caroline Groth, Dept of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine "Bayesian Measurement Error and Bayesian Information Missingness Methods"
7.05 – 7.10 pm: Coordination of Breakout sessions, including:
* Bring your own project: Co-working on own projects
* Uniform Manifold Approximation and Projection: a modern alternative to t-SNE visualizations of high-dimensional data and classic dimenensionality reduction techniques? (learning group)
* Deep learning (learning group)
* Hate crime and income inequality (project group)
* Getting started with data science (tutorial by hosts)
* Your suggestions! (and more)

For more info: data-science-nights.org

Supporting Groups:

This event is supported by the Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems, the Northwestern Data Science Initiative, and the Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum.


Independence Day (no classes)

12:00 AM

Independence Day (no classes)


IC2S2: 4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (July 12-15, 2018)

12:00 AM
Kellogg Global Hub

Redefine business in the 21st century at the intersection of computer science and social science

Save the date for this interdisciplinary event designed to connect a diverse community of researchers — academics, industry experts, open data activists, government agency workers and think tank analysts — who are dedicated to advancing social science through computational methods.

For four days, IC2S2 will be the epicenter of computational social science. Convening hundreds of attendees from more than 20 countries, the impact of IC2S2 is influential, innovative and global.

After successful events in Helsinki, Finland; Evanston, IL; and Cologne, Germany, the 4th Annual IC2S2 will return to Evanston and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Join us in 2018 to explore the future of social research and the biggest questions facing the field of computational social science today.

Conference web site: kell.gg/hostIC2S218