After gaining B.Sc and M.A. degrees in Psychology, Peter Gregor worked for many years in Community Education, where he was extensively involved in promoting empowerment of disadvantaged groups of all ages and ability levels. He also managed major community-based facilities, with a view to encouraging and facilitating maximum community involvement. During this period, his interest in the use of computers and information technology to benefit individuals and communities grew stronger, leading to his studying for and gaining the degree of Ph.D. in Computer Science. His research involved an investigation of the use of computers to aid interpersonal communication.
From 1991 until 2010 when he retired from the School of Computing, he taught Human Computer Interaction, Usability Engineering, Iteractive Systems Design and computer programming.
Research interests include novel interaction design in complex situations, such as where the user has limited capability or where the dataset is huge (and hugely complex). He also has interests in healthcare computing, communication aids for disability and all uses of computer technology to facilitate interpersonal communication.
Peter has spoken at many conferences and symposia around the world. Research which he has been involved in has led to several commercial products, including Chatterbox, a program for use with primary school children and Predictability, a predictive word processing system. He has managed research projects with a value which is in excess of £1,000,000.
He was Dean of the School of Computing from 2006-2010.
Away from working life, he enjoys life with his family, cooking, photography, travel and keeping his V8 MGBGT on the road. The first and the last of these enjoyments are not always compatible.