Gary M. Olson is Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the Department of Informatics at the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences in July of 2008. Previously he was Paul M. Fitts Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Information and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. summa cum laude (1967) in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1970) in Psychology from Stanford University. For more than two decades he has conducted research in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer supported cooperative work (CSCW). Of late the focus of his work has been on how to support small groups of people working on difficult intellectual tasks, particularly when the members of the group are geographically distributed.

This research has involved both field studies of groups attempting to do such work, lab studies that evaluate specific technologies, and most recently, an on-line survey called the Collaboration Success Wizard which provides feedback to participants in such projects to help them achieve success in their collaborations. He has published more than a hundred and twenty articles and chapters, and has edited four books, most recently Scientific Research on the Internet published in 2008 by MIT Press. In 2003 he was elected to the ACM SIGCHI Academy, and in 2006 shared the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award with Judy Olson. He is also a Fellow of the ACM, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).