About Dr. Barry Kort
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) With High Distinction, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1968
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), Stanford University, 1969
Ph.D. Systems Theory, Stanford University, 1976
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Network Planning Division of AT&T Bell Labs 1968-1987
Lead Scientist in the Network Center of MITRE, 1987-1990
Visiting Scientist in Educational Technology Research, BBN Systems and Technologies, 1990-1999
Visiting Scientist in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, 1999-2008
I am now retired and emeritus from my last career appointment as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab in the Affective Computing Research Group. My long-term field of research is the Role of Emotions in Learning. Notwithstanding my retired status, I am continuing to work on the role of StoryCraft as a traditional method of learning.
I am also a retired volunteer science educator in the Discovery Spaces at the Boston Museum of Science, where, for 25 years, I engaged visitors in the joy of discovery learning in the sciences.
My other career affiliations have included the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis, the School of Communication and Journalism at Utah State University where I assisted in the curriculum in Online Journalism, the University of Southern Maine where I worked closely with faculty members in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy to enrich their academic resources and materials, IEEE where I worked closely with the Chairman of the IEEE Education Society. In retirement, I continue to ply my craft on the social networks including Facebook, Google Pus, GlobalNet21, and the blogosphere in general.
I was formerly a Visiting Scientist in the Educational Technology Research Group at BBN Systems and Technologies. Additional professional background information can be found here.
My interest in writing encyclopedia articles in my areas of expertise dates back to 2004 when I co-authored an 8-page article entitled “Electronic (Virtual) Communities” in the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications.
Some of my other research interests include puzzlecraft, building online communities, and the functional characteristics of rule-driven systems.
I have a Home Page at MIT, a Personal Home Page, a personal blog called Moulton Lava and another one called Gallimaufrey. There is also a collection of essays and lighter pieces on Moulton’s Utnebury Pages and a newer collection on Moulton's Burnt Umbrage Anthology.
I have written and published over two dozen encyclopedia articles on Google Knol.