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Research Networking Luncheons

Starting Fall 2017, as part of the Data Science Initiative and spearheaded by Professor Luis Amaral, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering in McCormick, Chair of the Data Science Initiative Steering Committee, and Co-Director of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), five groups of primarily tenured and tenure-track faculty began meeting monthly organized around three topics: Finite Earth, Computational Social Sciences, and Quantitative Biology. The luncheons, which are taking place throughout the 2017-18 academic year, bring together approximately 90 faculty members from eight of Northwestern’s schools for discussion and exploration of significant and upcoming research areas that have a strong big data science and analysis focus. The groups meet on a monthly basis for 90-minute sessions during which two faculty members present briefly and engage the rest of the group in discussion on rising opportunities in their scholarly field, interesting problems and phenomena, and the ways that big data is involved.