Uri Wilensky Lauded at Book Signing

Uri Wilensky Lauded at Book Signing


Uri Wilensky

A book signing event for SESP professor Uri Wilensky honored his achievements both as an author of the new book An Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling and for developing his innovative NetLogo software for computer modeling. Wilensky’s book explains the powers of agent-based computer modeling for investigating complex problems.

The book signing was hosted on May 20 by the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), a center that facilitates innovative research in complexity science. Wilensky is a faculty member at NICO.

Luis Amaral, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, gave a talk to recognize Wilensky for his “wonderful book,” co-written with William Rand, and for his development of NetLogo software, now in its fifth version after having first been released in 1999. Amaral pointed out the significance of Wilensky’s accomplishments.

“Having Uri at Northwestern is really, really important to all of us,” Amaral said. “It’s not frequently that you have someone that has accomplished what he has. It’s really remarkable to have someone who has done something as significant and as important as NetLogo. This is enabling people of all ages to learn to program and to get a new way to understand the world.”

From a personal viewpoint, Amaral described Wilensky as “a wonderful person to work with,” and “an open-minded collaborator,” which he said was the highest compliment that he could pay to anyone. He also praised Wilensky for being “excited about doing research and learning new things.”

At Northwestern University, Wilensky is professor of learning sciences, computer science and complex systems. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling (CCL), which is dedicated to the use of technology to deepen learning.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/9/15