Dr. Pearl Pu currently leads the HCI Group in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Her research interests include recommendation technology, electronic commerce, user adoption of technology, online consumer decision behavior, decision support, content-based product search, travel planning tools, trust-inspiring interfaces for recommender agent, music recommenders, scalable user experience, and social web. A native from Shanghai, China, she moved to the United States shortly after passing the entrance examination to the ZheJiang University (currently ranked top three in Computer Science in China). She obtained her Master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in artificial intelligence and computer graphics. She was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2001, both in the database and HCI groups. While there, she gave seminars at Xerox PARC's weekly seminar series and Stanford's HCI Design Studio class as guest lecturer. She was also a co-founder of Iconomic Systems (1997-2001), and invented the any-criteria example-based search method for travel solutions. The company was successfully sold to i:FAO, Germany. Her recent publications included papers from the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, the Constraints journal, the Knowledge-Based Systems Journal, AAAI, ACM ECommerce, International Conferences on Intelligent User Interface, ACM CHI, IEEE InfoVis, AVI and.
- Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
- M.S.E. in Computer and Information Sciences. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
- B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. Queens College, The City University of New York, U.S.A.
- Associate Research Professor and Scientist (Maitre d'enseignement et de recherche), School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland. 2008.
- Research Scientist and lecturer (chargée de cours), School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland. 2000 - 2007.
- Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, California, USA. January 2001 - June 2001.
- Research Scientist and lecturer (chargée de cours), Microengineering Department, EPFL, Switzerland.1993 - 2000.
- Visiting Professor, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Computer Science Department, EPFL, Switzerland. January 1992 - August 1992.
- Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 1988 - 1993
- Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 2007-present
- Associate Editor for UMUAI, the personalization journal, http://www.umuai.org/, 2009 - present
Conference Chairperson Position
- Area Chair for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, July 16-22, 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
- General Chair for the ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, February 13-16, 2011, Palo Alto, California.
- Program Co-Chair for the 10th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, July 6-10, 2009, Stanford, California.
- General Chair for the 2008 ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems, October 23-26, 2008, Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Program Co-Chair for the International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems 2008 (AH 2008), July 28- August 1, 2008, Hanover, Germany.
- Associate Chair for Short papers at the ACM Conference on Computer/Human Interaction 2007 (CHI07), April 28 - May 3, 2007, San Jose, California.
- Program Chair for Short Papers at the ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys07), October 19-20, 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota.