Dr. Peter Foltz is Vice President of Cognitive Computing in Pearson's AI and Products Solutions and Research Professor at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Cognitive Science. His work covers artificial intelligence and uses of machine learning and natural language processing for educational and clinical assessments, large-scale data analytics, reading comprehension and writing skills, and 21st Century skills learning, Much of his work has focused on techniques for automatically analyzing the meaning of language through writing and speaking. The approaches are used for assessing abilities, for providing feedback, and for understanding underlying cognitive mechanisms in the brain. The methods he has pioneered are used by millions of student annually to improve student achievement, expand student access, and make learning materials more affordable.
Peter is an experienced leader in academic and industry research settings with a history of leading innovative research and development teams resulting in the transition from ideas to proofs of concept to revenue generating products. He has served as the content lead for the framework development for several Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessments, including the 2018 Reading Literacy assessment, the 2015 assessment of Collaborative Problem Solving, and a new assessment of reading literacy for developing countries. He has served as guest editor for a number of journals including International Journal of AI in Education and Discourse Processes.
Peter has authored more than 130 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, as well as multiple patents. He previously worked as a professor at New Mexico State University, and at Bell Communications Research, the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Yale University, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Dr. Foltz holds doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University