Kurt Luther

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About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and, by courtesy, the Department of History at Virginia Tech. I am also affiliated with the Center for Human–Computer Interaction, the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the graduate program in Human Centered Design.

I direct the Crowd Intelligence Lab, where we study how crowdsourcing systems can support creativity and discovery. Our recent projects focus on crowd leadership, crowd-supported investigations, and crowdsourced analysis of visual material, with applications to national security, journalism, history, biology, and design. 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

January 4–6 AHA 2018 Washington, D.C.
March 1–2 Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth Blacksburg
April 21–26 CHI 2018 MontrĂ©al
July 5–8 HCOMP 2018 and CI 2018 Zurich
July 23–24 Stories of War Symposium, Indiana University Bloomington


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

Featured Papers

Please visit the Crowd Lab website or my Google Scholar page for a complete 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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