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Kurt Luther


About Me

I am an assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. I direct the Crowd Intelligence Lab, an interdisciplinary research group exploring how crowdsourcing systems can support creativity and discovery. Our recent work focuses on crowd-supported investigation and visual analysis in domains such as national security, journalism, and history.

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 Stanford
June 13–16 HCOMP 2017 PC Meeting and Collective Intelligence 2017 New York City
June 27–30 Creativity & Cognition 2017 Singapore


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
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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