Kurt Luther


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About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and a faculty affiliate of the Department of History at Virginia Tech. I am also a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Human Centered Design program.

I direct the Crowd Intelligence Lab, an interdisciplinary research group exploring how crowdsourcing can support creativity and discovery. Our current projects focus on crowd leadership, crowd-supported investigations, and crowdsourced analysis of visual material, with applications to national security, journalism, history, and biology. This work is funded by the NSF (including a CAREER Award), the NIH, the NEH, the National Archives, and Google.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my Ph.D. in human-centered computing from Georgia Tech, where I was a Foley Scholar, and my B.S. in computer graphics technology from Purdue University. I have also worked at IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and YouTube/Google.

Travel & Talks

April 25 Carnegie Mellon Crowdsourcing Seminar Pittsburgh
May 12 Stanford HCI Seminar Palo Alto
June 13–16 HCOMP 2017 PC Meeting and Collective Intelligence 2017 Brooklyn
June 23–25 GBPA Civil War Collectors Show Gettysburg
June 27–30 Creativity & Cognition 2017 Singapore
October 23–26 HCOMP 2017 Québec City
November 27–29 Northwestern Segal Distinguished Seminar and ARS University Program Evanston
January 4–7, 2018 American Historical Association 2018 Washington, D.C.


Transforming Investigative Science and Practice with Expert-Led Crowdsourcing PI $554,628 NSF CAREER 2017 Press release
The American Soldier Collaborative Digital Archive Co-PI $50,000 NEH HCRR 2017 Press release
GraphCrowd: Using Crowdsourced Design to Visualize Effects of Environmental Chemicals on Signaling Networks PI $626,159 NIH BD2K 2016 Press release
Supporting Crowdsourced Sensemaking in Big Data with Dynamic Context Slices PI $500,000 NSF IIS 2015 Press release
Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive Co-PI $74,224 NHPRC 2015 Press release


Please visit the Crowd Lab website or my Google Scholar page for an updated list of papers.


CS 3744: Introduction to GUI Programming and Graphics Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2018
CS 4784: Human–Computer Interaction Capstone Spring 2015
CS 5774: User Interface Software Fall 2014, Fall 2016
CS 6724: Advanced Topics in Human–Computer Interaction Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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