SciTS 2013 Conference: Workshops

NetLogo Workshop

Thursday, June 27, 8:30am - 1:00 pm

The workshop will be led by the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, creators of NetLogo at Northwestern University

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to build Agent-Based Models (ABMs) in NetLogo one of the most widely used ABM-languages. Agent-Based modeling can be used to explore the themes of the conference; formation and maintenance of collaborative networks, the evolution of ideas, the effects of different collaboration models, and many other related phenomena.

The workshop will include a mixture of presentation, discussion and hands-on work. You will be introduced to agent-based modeling concepts and methods and to the field of generative social sciences, using NetLogo.The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in complex systems approaches to the Science of Team Science or generative social science, regardless of programming proficiency or prior experience with agent-based modeling.

For the hands-on section, participants are encouraged to work on models relating to their own research. If you have ideas for specific things you would like to model, write them down and bring them to the workshop, and we can help you get started. If not, you will have access to seasoned agent-based modelers for tips and tricks.

Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, and the level of support we provide to each participant, spaces will be limited and will be accorded on a first come, first serve basis.


Arthur Hjorth
Arthur Hjorth

Arthur Hjorth has been working with NetLogo and agent-based modeling for four years; 2009 – 2011 on the Modeling4All project at Oxford University, and then since 2011 as a Ph.D. student in the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, working with Uri Wilensky. His primary research interest is in using NetLogo to study policy reasoning, policy testing, and policy writing, but he is interested in seeing how people apply complex systems principles and agent-based modeling in all domains. Arthur has held numerous workshops on agent-based modeling for teaching, learning and research, at Oxford University, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and at Northwestern University.

Uri Wilensky
Uri Wilensky

Uri Wilensky, mathematician, educator, computer scientist and learning technologist, is the founder and current director of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling at Northwestern University. Dr. Wilensky is professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science, holds an appointment in the cognitive science program and is on the governing board of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). Dr. Wilensky received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.

His most recent projects focus on developing tools that enable users to simulate, explore and make sense of complex systems. Prof. Wilensky has directed several mathematics and science education projects under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. In 1996, he received the NSF's Career Award. Having authored a number of computer-based learning environments, Prof. Wilensky has been actively developing new multi-agent modeling languages such as NetLogo as well as Participatory Simulation Toolkits such as HubNet for teaching and research.