Dr. Roger Schank is one of the world's leading visionaries in artificial intelligence, learning theory, cognitive science, and the building of virtual learning environments. Dr. Schank was selected as one of the top ten movers and shakers in eLearning in the world for 2010 and 2011. He was the Founder of the renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education and Psychology. He was Professor of computer science and psychology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project. He was a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics at Stanford University and research fellow at the Institute for Semantics and Cognition in Switzerland. He also served as the Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. 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 the 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, Carnegie Mellon University agreed to adopt his curricula at their new Silicon Valley campus, where he served as Chief Educational Officer. That same year he founded Socratic Arts and Engines for Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and building new curricula for primary and secondary schools.
Dr. Schank is the author of more than 20 books on learning, language, artificial intelligence, education, memory, reading, e-learning, and storytelling. The most recent are: Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools, The Future of Decision Making: How Revolutionary Software Can Improve the Ability to Decide, and Designing World Class E-Learning.