Peter Pirolli

I am currently a Research Fellow and Manager of the Interactive Intelligence Area at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where I’ve been pursuing research and innovation in human information interaction since 1991. Before joining PARC, I was a Professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley. I received my doctorate in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985.  I received a B.Sc. in psychology and anthropology from Trent University. I have 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. Please see my  book titled “Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information.” I’m currently an Associate Editor for Human Computer Interaction.

Biographical Info

Research Fellow


Interactive Intelligence Research Area

Palo Alto Research Center

email: pirolli at parc dot com




A Hero of Mine: Wolf 21

“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”

-- Cormac McCarthy, The Road