Professor of Learning Sciences, Computer Science and Complex Systems, Northwestern University

Uri Wilensky is a professor of Learning Sciences, Computer Science and Complex Systems at Northwestern University. He also holds appointments in Cognitive Science, the program in Technology and Social Behavior and the Segal Design Center. 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). His NetLogo agent-based modeling software has hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, including scientists from a wide range of disciplines and students from middle school through graduate school. Dr. Wilensky received his PH.D from the MIT Media Lab. His research interests include design of learning technologies, complex systems, agent-based modeling environments, computational thinking and STEM education. He has an abiding interest in the changing content of knowledge in the context of ubiquitous computation, and its implications for making sense of complexity. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, 300 agent-based models, numerous model-based curricular units and has received many grants including the NSF Career Award.
Dr Wilensky is a member of the NRC panel that compiled the two national reports on Computational Thinking and published by the National Academies. He is also an advisor to the National K-12 CS Framework.


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    Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University