Roger Schank

July 11, 2009

Dr. Schank is the Executive Director and founder of Engines for Education, Inc.  He is also the Chairman and CEO of Socratic Arts, Inc. a company that delivers Story Centered Curricula to schools and businesses.  He is the Director of the Institute for the Learning Sciences at the Business Engineering School of LaSalle University in Barcelona, Spain.  In an advisory capacity, he is Chief Learning Officer of Trump University.  He was  Chief Education Officer of Carnegie Mellon West and Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University from 2001-2004. He founded he renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in 1989 where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education and Psychology.  From 1974-1989, he was Professor of computer science and psychology at Yale University, Chairman of the Computer Science department, and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project.  He was a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics at Stanford University and research fellow at the Institute for Semantics and Cognition in Switzerland.  He is a fellow of the AAAI and was founder of the Cognitive Science Society and co-founder of the Journal of Cognitive Science.  He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from University of Texas.

In 1994, he founded Cognitive Arts Corporation, a company that designs and builds high quality multimedia simulations for use in corporate training and for online university-level courses. The latter were built in partnership with Columbia University.

In 2002 he founded Socratic Arts Inc, a company that is devoted to make high quality e-learning by doing affordable for both businesses and schools.

In 2007, Dr. Schank appeared on CNBC’s “Business Innovations” and was the co-host with Maria Bartiromo which aired March 4th Innovators and Iconoclasts, March 11th Revolution and Evolution, March 18th New Tricks and Old Dogs, March 25th People and Technology and April 1st Loners and Teammates.

He is the author of more than 20 books on learning, language, artificial intelligence, education, memory, reading, e-learning, and story telling. The most recent are Virtual Learning, Coloring Outside the Lines: Raising a Smarter Kid by Breaking All the Rules, Scrooge meets Dick and Jane, Engines for Education, and Designing World Class E-Learning.

See essays by this author:
Can Computers Decide?
Every Curriculum Tells a Story
What does it mean to have an educated mind in the 21st century?
See selected books by this author:
THE AGE OF INTELLIGENT MACHINES | The Mechanics of Creativity