NECSI Courses in Complexity

Week 1: CX201 | Lab: CX102 | Week 2: CX202 | Student Reviews | Register

Winter Session 2016

Dates: January 4 - 15

Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA

  • Week 1: January 4-8 CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

  • Lab: January 10 CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems

  • Week 2: January 11-15 CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

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  • NECSI's Courses in Complexity offer two intensive week-long courses on complex systems science and its applications. The courses consist of lecture and supervised group projects. Though the second week builds on material covered in the previous week, CX201 is not a prerequisite for CX202. You may register for either, or both weeks.

  • At the end of the courses, we expect participants to return to their home institution with tools relevant to their research and new insights for future work.

  • The CX102 lab is strongly recommended to prepare students with little computer programming experience for CX202.

    Group Projects

  • Group projects are one of the most rewarding parts of the winter and summer courses. Participants split into project teams and put together a publication quality research project using complex systems tools learned during the week. On the final day of each week, groups present their projects. We consistently receive positive feedback about the projects.


  • Monday – Thursday:
    Lecture 9 AM – 5 PM
    Group Projects 6 PM – 8 PM

  • Friday:
    Group Presentation 9 AM – 12 PM
    Evaluations and Class Photo 12 – 12:15 PM
    Exam (required if taking course for credit, optional otherwise) 12:30 – 1:30 PM


  • Arrangements to receive credit for NECSI courses at a home institution should be made in advance. To do so, contact us at


  • A block of rooms at the Kendall Hotel will be available at a group rate for winter course registrants. The hotel is within short walking distance of the course classrooms at MIT. Reservation details to be provided upon registration.
    Amenities include:

    • A full American Breakfast buffet

    • High speed Internet access; both wired and Wi-Fi

    • Complimentary use of CAC; a near-by health club (open Monday – Saturday)

    • Hosted Wine Hour in the Rooftop Retreat, with views of downtown Boston (Monday – Thursday evenings)


  • Click here to register with a credit card



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