Hi! I'm Sukrit.

I’m a third-year PhD student in Computer Science with a focus in HCI, at the Crowd Intelligence Lab at Virginia Tech's Washington, D.C. area campus, where I’m advised by Dr. Kurt Luther. I approach my work with a sociotechnical perspective and employ mixed-methods. I first conduct qualitative inquiry into understanding how people work, followed by building tools to support their work, and then empirically validating them through experiments, log analysis, user studies, and longitudinal deployments. You can find a list of my publications here.

In particular, I study expert investigative and collaborative work practice in fields such as journalism, social cybersecurity, and human rights advocacy, especially as it pertains to combating misinformation, finding missing persons, and tracking human rights violations.

Now: Currently, I'm conducting fieldwork at two sites where crowds of hundreds of people gather to help law enforcement solve cold cases or gather more information on missing persons using open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques. I'm also conducting a real-world evaluation of a crowdsourcing tool that I helped build, called GroundTruth, which is being used by investigators at The New York Times, Storyful, and the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Lab. It helps investigators geolocate images by leveraging the speed and scale of online crowds.




Talks and Travel
November 2019
9–13 ACM CSCW 2019 (Austin, TX)
  • Presenting a first-author paper on a crowdsourcing system to help journalists and human rights investigators.
  • Presenting a paper at the workshop on "Mapping the 'How' of Collaborative Action".
  • Helping out as a Student Volunteer for the third time :D
7–8 AAAI 2019 Fall Symposium (Arlington, VA)
7 Guest Lecture
2-4 Hackfest (Quebec, Canada)
  • Conducting fieldwork on crowds of hackers using OSINT to help find missing people.
1 Virginia Tech Center for HCI
October 2019
28-30 AAAI HCOMP 2019 (Stevenson, WA)
  • Attending HCOMP, where three NSF-REU students I supervised will be presenting works-in-progress posters. Sarwat and Efua will be presenting a study of verification practices on Twitter. David will be presenting a system to mitigate political bias in content moderation.
17-21 CrowdSolve (Seattle, WA)
  • Conducting fieldwork on large crowds helping law enforcement solve cold cases.
12 DoubleExposure Investigative Film Festival (Washington, D.C.)
  • Attended the screening of "Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World".
  • April 2019
    11-12 Algorithms That Make You Think (Blacksburg, VA)
    2018
    November: ACM CSCW 2018 (Jersey City, NJ)
    October: Rita Allen Misinformation Solutions Forum (Washington, DC)
    • Amy Zhang and I published a short note on tackling misinformation by improving online conversation with RTI Press.
    • Selected as a Graduate Student Fellow and invited to help guide projects on tackling misinformation.
    June: HCIC 2018 (Watsonville, CA)
    • Selected to present a poster on my work at HCIC.
    May: ACM CHI 2018 (Montreal, Canada)
    • Served as a Student Volunteer.
    • Attended my first conference!
    April: Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth (Blacksburg, VA)
    2017
    August: Joined the Crowd Intelligence Lab at Virginia Tech!