Peter Pirolli

Senior Research Scientist

Peter is a senior research scientist at IHMC who joined the Institute in 2017. Previously he was a Research Fellow in the Interactive Intelligence Area at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he studied human information interaction. Before joining PARC, he was a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley.

His research combines cognitive science, artificial intelligence (AI), and human-computer interaction, with applications in human-AI teaming, explainable AI (XAI), mobile health, sensemaking, information foraging, and measuring and enhancing cognitive capabilities.

Peter is currently the Principle Investigator and lead for the ASPIRE Collaboratory for research on predictive intelligence for pandemic prevention. This project is aimed at computational theories and models of information flows, human behavior, and the transmission and evolution of pandemic pathogens.

Peter received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985.  He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from Trent University. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the National Academy of Education, and the ACM Computer-Human Interaction Academy.

Peter is the author of “Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information.”  For publications please visit Peter’s personal website.