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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. A total of 40 luncheons occurred throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, bringing together approximately 80 faculty members from eight of Northwestern’s schools and 31 academic departments for discussion and exploration of significant and upcoming research areas that have a strong big data science and analysis focus.

Building on the success of the first year of the Data Science Research Networking Luncheons, as of October 2018, four new interdisciplinary groups have been meeting to discuss the broad topics of the City of Chicago, Cognition, Water, and Computational Thinking, Design, and Learning. These luncheons bring together over 75 faculty members from both campuses, nine schools, and 37 academic departments to share ideas, explore research areas of priority to the University, and work on impactful projects.