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). A native from Shanghai, she moved to the United States shortly after being admitted to the ZheJiang University. She holds a Master and Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Pu’s research is multi-disciplinary and focuses on issues in the intersection of human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and behavioral science. Over her long career, she introduced novel interaction and interfaces that make it easier for users choose and decide. She is most credited for inventing example critiquing, a product search method for large electronic catalogs. She is also well known for designing novel user study experiments and pioneering user-centered recommender technology.