Applying complexity science to real-world problems

Please note: our website is undergoing revision during the 2019 Spring term. Some of the information is current and some is being updated or changed. Please bear with us during the transition.

Welcome to Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation! 

Visit our "About' section for more information about the Institute. For more about complex systems in general, and how WICI core members are applying complex systems in their work, be sure to watch the short videos on our "What are complex systems" page.

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  1. May 21, 2019WICI Members featured at CANSEE 2019

    MAY 22-25, 2019 | BSIA, WATERLOO

    Several WICI members are participating in talks and special sessions this week at the CANSEE Engaging Economies of Change conference, which opens tomorrow and runs until Saturday. 

    A detailed program can be viewed online here

  2. June 13, 2019Dr. Abdorasoul Ghasemi, Associate Professor in Computer Engineering is seeking collaborators

    Dear members of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation,

  3. May 14, 2019Announcing the Winners from our Student Complex Systems Project Symposium

    Judges reviewed a total of 24 complex-systems presentations and chose seven winners at April's Student Project Symposium. Choosing the top three in each category was not an easy task! Thank you to all who participated to make this event a success, and a special thanks to Kirsten Wright for her hard work in organizing and promoting the event. Congratulations to our winners!

    Graduate Session Winners Undergraduate Session Winners

    1st Prize - Kathryn Fair

    'Climate change & the future of forest-grassland mosaics'

    1st Prize - Erica J. McDonald 

    'Examining the association between marginalization and emergency room wait times in Ontario'

    2nd Prize - Hazem Ahmed

    'Addressing barriers to adoption of source-control stormwater management practices on private residential yards in Kitchener/Waterloo'

    2nd Prize - Amanda Pereira

    'Quality of care for persons with concurrent substance use and mental health'

    3rd Prize (tied) - Ajar Sharma

    'Cauvery River: Path dependencies and feedbacks in water sharing conflicts'  

    3rd Prize (tied) - Julia Goyal

    'Navigating health and safety in Airbnb’s self-regulating system'

    3rd Prize - Mona Qutub

    'Potential unintended consequences of co-operative education: Food insecurity among undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo'

     

    Graduate Session prize winners, from left to right: Hazem Ahmed, Kathryn Fair, Julia Goyal (missing from photo: Ajar Sharma)

    Undergraduate session prize winners (left to right): Erica McDonald, Amanda Pereira and Mona Qutub

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  1. July 8, 2019Conversations on Complex Systems with Dr. Bill Sutherland
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    Complex Systems students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to this open-format seminar with Dr. Bill Sutherland. Bring your lunch and your ideas, and see where the conversations take you.

    STC 1019 from 12-1:30


    "Common ground, public space, a commonwealth: The Agora of ancient times – A gathering and holding for diversity of disagreement, dilemma, dialogue, discussion, dramaturgy, and dialectics.

  2. July 18, 2019Conversations on Complex Systems with Dr. Bill Sutherland
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    Complex Systems students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to this open-format seminar with Dr. Bill Sutherland. Bring your lunch and your ideas, and see where the conversations take you.

    STC 1019 from 3-4:30


    "Common ground, public space, a commonwealth: The Agora of ancient times – A gathering and holding for diversity of disagreement, dilemma, dialogue, discussion, dramaturgy, and dialectics.

  3. July 18, 2019Graduate Student Complexity Seminar & Social
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    New this term, University of Waterloo graduate students will discuss their complex systems work during a monthly seminar. Join us for a 20 minute talk, followed by a 20-minute discussion and feedback opportunity. Afterwards, everyone who is able is welcome to meet at the Graduate House for food and socializing from 6 p.m. onward. 

    This month, Mahta Ramezanian will discuss 'Political Corruption Networks' on Thursday, June 20th from 4:30 - 5:30 in STC 1019. We hope to see you there!

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