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Uri Wilensky

Professor of Computer Science

Professor of Education and Social Policy

Lorraine Morton Professor


2120 Campus Drive
Annenberg Room 337
Evanston, IL 60208

847-467-3818Email Uri Wilensky


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Center for Connected Learning


Computer Science


Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence


Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA

M.A. Mathematics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Research Interests

I have several distinct research interests. A major interest is in the design of learning technologies. Another major interest is agent-based modeling and the design of ABM languages, the design and history of Modeling and representational infrastructure,; developing tools that enable users to simulate, explore and make sense of conplex systems.

Selected Publications

  • David Weintrop, Elham Beheshti, Michael Horn, Kai Orton, Kemi Jona, Laura Trouille, Uri Wilensky, “Defining Computational Thinking for Mathematics and Science Classrooms”, Journal of Science Education and Technology, (2016)
  • Bryan Head, Arthur Hjorth, Corey Brady, Uri Wilensky, “Evolving agent cognition with Netlogo LevelSpace”, Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference, (2016)
  • Corey Brady, David Weintrop, Ken Gracey, Gabby Anton, Uri Wilensky, “The CCL-parallax programmable badge”, SIGITE 2015 - Proceedings of the 16th Annual ACM Conference on Information Technology Education, (2015)
  • Wilensky, Uri; Sirer, M. Irmak; Amaral, Luis A. Nunes; Maroulis, Spiro; Guimeri, Roger, “The currents beneath the "rising tide" of school choice: An analysis of student enrollment flows in the chicago public schools”, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, (2015)
  • Wilensky, Uri; Brady, Corey; Holbert, Nathan; Soylu, Firat; Novak, Michael, “Sandboxes for Model-Based Inquiry”, Journal of Science Education and Technology, (2015)
  • Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle Hoda; Wilensky, Uri J., “Patterns, Probabilities, and People: Making Sense of Quantitative Change in Complex Systems”, Journal of the Learning Sciences, (2015)
  • , “Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling: Modeling naturals, social and engineered complex systems with NetLogo.”, MIT Press, (2015)
  • Wilensky, Uri; Horn, Michael S.; Brady, Corey; Hjorth, Arthur; Wagh, Aditi, “Frog Pond: A code-first learning environment on evolution and natural selection”, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, (2014)
  • Wilensky, Uri; Horn, Michael S.; Brady, Corey E., “Education: Fostering computational literacy in science classrooms: An agent-based approach to integrating computing in secondary-school science courses”, Communications of the ACM, (2014)