Peter Elmer is an experimental particle physicist whose area of expertise is developing the software and computing systems needed to operate and produce scientific results from data-intensive high energy physics experiments. His current research focuses on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN). In the past he has worked on the ALEPH experiment at CERN and the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). He is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP).
He received a Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is a Senior Research Physicist at Princeton University.
His research group at Princeton is involved in developing tools and systems for data analysis as well as innovative algorithms for the trigger and reconstruction in the CMS experiment at the LHC. The group is also a major contributor to the development of training materials and activities to support research software in particle physics. He research interests also include the structures and processes for developing international distributed research software collaborations.