Peter Pirolli is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education and one of the most important theorists of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
His Grades are a B.Sc. in Psychology and Anthropology (Trent University, Canada) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (Carnegie Mellon University).
From 1985 to 1994 he was a professor at the School of Education at the University of California (Berkeley) and a member of the Cognitive Science Institute. His work has concerned the interaction of human and computational knowledge-based systems, first in intelligent tutoring systems, then in cognitive models for human-computer interaction, methods for analyzing information seeking and Internet behavior, sensemaking, visual attention, and most recently in social foraging.
Since 1991 he is a Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) at the User Interface Research where his main research interests are
- Cognitive Science
- Information Foraging Theory, Information Scent and Sense Making (e.g. Table Lense Method)
Besides this his other interests are sports like e.g. surfing, inline-skating, weightlifting, mountainbiking and running.