Uri Wilensky - CCL Director

Uri Wilensky is a professor of Learning Sciences, Computer Science and Complex Systems at Northwestern University. He is also a faculty member in Cognitive Science and Philosophy, the program in Technology and Social Behavior, the CIERA center and the Segal Design Center research council. He is the founder and current director of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling and a co-founder of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). He is the author of the NetLogo agent-based modeling software which his lab actively maintains and improves. It is the most widely used agent-based modeling software, and has hundreds of thousands of users worldwide using it for both research and education. In 2016, Wilensky received the ISDDE prize for excellence in design for his work on NetLogo.

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Wilensky, U., & Rand, W. (2015). An introduction to agent-based modeling: Modeling natural, social and engineered complex systems with NetLogo. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Current Main Endeavors

Research Overview
CCL Papers & Publications
NetLogo modeling tool.
NSF-Funded Research Projects:
NSF CyberLearning: LevelSpace: Modeling in Levels
NSF EAGER: A low-cost integrated agent-based modeling and physical
NSF-CNS-#1138461: CT-STEM: Casting a Wide Net: Embedded Computational Thinking
NSF-DRL-#1109834: BEAGLE: Simulated Evolution

Previous & Ongoing Research

StarLogoT modeling tool
Participatory Simulations: Network-Based Design for Systems Learning in Classrooms
NSF-Funded Research Projects:
NSF-CISE: Computational Thinking in STEM
NSF CyberLearning: InquirySpace: Technologies in Support of Student Experimentation
NSF-DRL: Emerging Research-Empirical--Simulated Evolution: Developing a Framework for Computer-Based Modeling and Simulation Activities in the Classroom
NSF-CE21: Casting a Wide Net: Computational Thinking
ABMPLUS: Enabling Modeling and Simulation-Based Science in the Classroom
NSF-DRK12: Enabling Modeling and Simulation-based Seience in the classroom: Integrating agent-based models, real world sensing and collaborative networks
NSF-REC-#0003285: Connected Mathematics: Making Sense of Complex Phenomena through Building Object-Based Parallel Models
NSF-DRL-#1020101: ABMPLUS: Enabling Modeling and Simulation-Based Science in the Classroom
NSF-DRL-#1020101: InquirySpace: Integrating Agent-Based Models with Statistical Analyses
NSF-DRL-#1109834: Learning Evolution through Model-Based Inquiry
BEAGLE: Simulated Evolution
CT-STEM: Casting a Wide Net: Embedded Computational Thinking
InquirySpace: Integrating Agent-Based Models with Statistical Analyses
Integrated Simulation and Modeling Environment
Learning Evolution through Model-Based Inquiry
Modeling Across the Curriculum
NSF Curricular Projects
ProbLab: Simulation-based curriculum on Probability & Statistics
The GasLab Project: Simulation-based curriculum on kinetic theory of gases
ConnectedChemistry: Simulation-based curriculum on introductory Chemistry
The EACH Project: Understanding the evolution of cooperation
Connected Poetry
NAE/Spencer Project -- Developing Reasoning About Parallel Processes

Courses Currently Being Taught

Constructionist Learning
The design of Technological tools for thinking and learning: A Constructionist Approach
Designing and Constructing Models with Multi-Agent Languages
Images from class poster session

Past Courses

Complexity Science
Turtle Geometry
Practicum in Learning Environment Design
Advanced Technology Design
Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
Mathematics Learning Environments
Mathematics & Science Learning Environments
Mathematics Practices
Intellectual Development
Learning through Computer-Based Projects
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Colleagues & Students

Seymour Papert Tribute Panel

Personal Stuff

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Contact Info

Email: uri@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-467-3818
Fax: 847-491-8999
Offices: Annenberg Hall 337
CCL Lab Phone: 847-467-7593
Ford Lab Phone: 847-467-2838
Mailing Address/Map:

Uri Wilensky
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL, 60208