Peter Lucas

BCG Senior Advisor

Peter Lucas has shaped MAYA as the premier venue for human- and information-centric product design and research.

Peter received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from Cornell University, where he studied educational and cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin and was a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie at the intersection of advanced technology and human capabilities. He is currently developing a distributed device architecture that is designed to scale to nearly unlimited size, depending primarily on market forces to maintain tractability and global coherence.

Peter holds 15 patents and has co-authored a book on letter and word perception. He was the founding chair of Three Rivers Connect — an initiative of senior business and civic leaders that promotes the development of civic computing in the Pittsburgh region. Peter was also a member of the Networked Systems of Embedded Computing study committee, part of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council. He coauthored their seminal book on the topic of pervasive computing entitled, Embedded, Everywhere: A Research Agenda for Networked Systems of Embedded Computers. Since 2000, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the CMU HCII Institute.


PhD Educational and Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics, Cornell University

Blog Posts

Throwback Trillions™ Thursday: Scaling the Connected World
Dec 15 2016 in Connected World

We revisit the whitepaper, “The Trillions-Node Network,” to discuss the challenges of a trillion-node network on a global scale.

Speaking Engagements

TechNow 2014
Oct 14 2014

Peter Lucas will be speaking at the opening plenary session at TechNow 2014, a technology conference for nonprofits. The conference is organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, and will be at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, PA.

[MC]2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference
Apr 09 2014

MAYA’s Pete Lucas will talk about interoperability in the Age of Trillions at the MTConnect conference in Orlando, FL.

International Conference on Human Computer Interactions
Aug 24 2013

MAYA co-founder Pete Lucas is delivering a paper called “Designing for People in the Age of Trillions” at Saveetha University in Chennai, India.


Visage Receives SIGecom Test of Time Award
Jan 24 2017

Our published work in information visualizations was recognized by SIGecom for its forward-thinking approach, and proves its research is still relevant 20 years later.

MAYA Principals Win Carnegie Science Award
Feb 03 2013

Congratulations to MAYA’s Pete Lucas, Joe Ballay, and Mickey McManus, winners of the 2013 Carnegie Science Award in the Science Communicator category. The award will be presented on May 3, 2013 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Book from MAYA leaders offers vision of future
Nov 09 2012

The Pittsburgh Business Times spoke with Trillions co-authors about how companies can prepare for the future of computing.


(2006) Managing Distributed Collaboration in a Peer-to-Peer Network
Oct 01 2006
Authors: Mike Higgins, Stuart Roth, Jeff Senn, Peter Lucas, Dominic Widdows
(2006) Shepherdable Indexes and Persistent Search Services for Mobile Users
Oct 01 2006
Authors: Mike Higgins, Dominic Widdows, Magesh Balasubramanya, Peter Lucas, David Holstius
(2006) Collaborative Annotation that Lasts Forever: Using Peer-to-Peer Technology for Disseminating Corpora and Language Resources.
May 01 2006
Authors: Magesh Balasubramanya, Michael Higgins, Peter Lucas, Jeff Senn, Dominic Widdows
(2006) The Information Commons Gazetteer: A Public Resource of Populated Places and Worldwide Administrative Divisions
May 01 2006
Authors: Peter Lucas, Magesh Balasubramanya, Dominic Widdows, Michael Higgins
(2005) Pervasive Technology for Corpus-Based Research
May 01 2005
Authors: Peter Lucas, Dominic Widdows
(2005) Distributed Knowledge Representation Using Universal Identity and Replication
Mar 01 2005
Authors: Peter Lucas, Jeff Senn, Dominic Widdows
(2002) Toward the Universal Database: U-forms and the VIA Repository
Mar 01 2002
(2001) Mobile Devices and Mobile Data: Issues of Identity and Reference
Mar 01 2001
Authors: Peter Lucas
(2001) Polymorphic Collaboration: Beyond Relaxed WYSIWIS in Visage-Link
Mar 01 2001
(2000) Information Architecture and the Emergent Properties of Cyberspace
Mar 01 2000
Authors: Andy Norman, Peter Lucas
(2000) Pittsburgh Greenmap: A Study in “Civic Computing”
Mar 01 2000
Authors: Peter Lucas, Ron Gdovic
(1999) Interstacks: End-user Scripting for Hardware
Aug 01 1999
Authors: Peter Lucas
(1999) VisageWeb: An Information-Centric Web Browser in Visage
Aug 01 1999
Authors: Michael Higgins, Jeff Senn, Peter Lucas
(1999) The Trillion-Node Network
Mar 01 1999
Authors: Peter Lucas
(1999) VisageWeb: Visualizing WWW Data in Visage
Mar 01 1999
Authors: Michael Higgins, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey A. Senn
(1997) Information Appliances and Tools: Simplicity and Power Tradeoffs in the Visage Exploration Environment
Mar 01 1997
Authors: John Kolojejchick, Steven F. Roth, Peter Lucas
(1997) Towards an Information Visualization Workspace: Combining Multiple Means of Expression
Mar 01 1997
Authors: Steven F. Roth, Mei C. Chuah, Stephan Kerpedjiev, John Kolojejchick, Peter Lucas
(1996) Visage: Dynamic Information Exploration
Aug 01 1996
Authors: Peter Lucas, Stuart Roth, Cristina C. Gomberg
(1996) Exploring Information with Visage
Mar 01 1996
Authors: Peter Lucas, Steven F. Roth
(1996) Visage: A User Interface Environment for Exploring Information
Mar 01 1996
Authors: Steven F. Roth, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey A. Senn, Cristina C. Gomberg, Michael B. Burks, Philip J. Stroffolino, John A. Kolojejchick, Carolyn Dunmire
(1993) The Cobbler’s Children: Usability in the Lab
Mar 01 1993
Authors: Peter Lucas, Carolanne Fisher


Mar 16 2016
Inventors: Lucas; Peter (Pittsburgh, PA), McManus; Michael (Oakdale, PA), Koempel; Jeremy (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jan 01 2003
Inventors: Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Noah Guyot
Nov 01 2000
Inventors: Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Noah Guyot
Nov 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
Jun 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Steven Roth, Michael Blaine Burks, Philip Stroffolino
Jan 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
Jan 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
May 01 1999
Sep 01 1998
Inventors: Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas, Hugo Cheng
Jun 01 1998
Inventors: Hugo Cheng, Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas
Apr 01 1997
Mar 01 1997
Inventors: Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Andrew Brown
Feb 01 1997
Inventors: Andrew Brown, Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas
Aug 01 1996
Jun 01 1996
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Carolanne Fisher
Mar 01 1996