Peter Pirolli

I am currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. My research involves a mix of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction, with applications in digital health, sensemaking, and information foraging, among other things. Previously I was at the Palo Alto Reseach Center and 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 National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association (Div 3 and Div 21), 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.”

Biographical Info

Senior Research Scientist

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

email: ppirolli at ihmc dot us




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