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. July 24, 2019WICI seeks Graduate Research Assistant for Fall 2019

    Fall term GRA: Mapping complex systems scholar networks at UW and across Canada

    The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) is recruiting for a graduate research assistant (10 hours per week) for fall term 2019.  The GRA will assist WICI to better understand the network of complex systems scholars at UW, and more broadly across Canada.  Expected activit

  2. June 27, 2019WICI Calls for External Core Member Applications

    Are you or someone you know, an active complex systems scholar outside UW, but in Canada? University of Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) is seeking applicants for a new category of WICI membership: External Core Membership. We are considering starting a Canadian Network for Complex Systems (CNCS), with our external core members establishing the first nodes.

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

    Dear members of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation,

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  1. Sep. 10, 2019WICI Fall 2019 Open House
    Colourful Open House

    Please join us for the Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation's Open House on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 (location TBD) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Network with faculty and students interested in complex systems.

    • Meet WICI's Director Dr. Dawn Parker and other WICI Members.
    • Learn about upcoming events and initiatives.
    • Light refreshments will be provided.

  2. Sep. 17, 2019WICI Talk - Lewis Dartnell - ORIGINS: How the Earth Shaped Human History
    Cover of Origins book

    WICI brings Lewis Dartnell, author of 'The Knowledge' back to Waterloo to discuss his newest book, 'Origins'. A panel discussion about 'biophysical vs. socio-ecological drivers of cultural evolution' with Prof. Vanessa Schweizer and Prof. Igor Grossmann will follow Dartnell's discussion.

    Date: Tuesday September 17th, 2019
    Reception: 10:00 a.m (Talk from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Location: DC 1302

    Please register for this free event on Eventbrite. A brief reception (refreshments provided) will precede the talk.

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