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Dr. Peter Foltz is Vice President in Pearson's Advanced Computing and Data Sciences Laboratory and Research Professor at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Cognitive Science.  His work covers reading comprehension and writing skills, 21st Century skills learning, large-scale data analytics, artificial intelligence and uses of machine learning and natural language processing for educational and clinical assessments.  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 100 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, as well as several 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 and Yale University. Dr. Foltz holds doctorate and master’s degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University

Peter Foltz