Hi! I'm Sukrit.

Iā€™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 Iā€™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. In particular, I study expert investigative and collaborative work practice in fields such as journalism and social cybersecurity especially as it pertains to combating misinformation and helping law enforcement.

You can find a list of my publications here. In the past, I have received the AAAI HCOMP Best Poster/Demo Award (2019), and was a Graduate Student Fellow for the Rita Allen Foundation Misinformation Solutions Forum (2018).

Now: I'm currently looking for UI/UX research internships for Summer 2020.

I'm conducting fieldwork on crowds that use open-source intelligence to help law enforcement solve cold cases. I'm also conducting a real-world evaluation of a crowdsourcing tool that I built, called GroundTruth, which is being used by investigators at The New York Times, Storyful, and the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Lab. On the weekends you can find me at one of D.C.'s many museums šŸ› or biking around Arlington's trails šŸš“šŸ½ā€.

Talks and Travel
November 2019
9ā€“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
7ā€“8 AAAI 2019 Fall Symposium (Arlington, VA)
7 Guest Lecture
1 Virginia Tech Center for HCI
October 2019
28-30 AAAI HCOMP 2019 (Stevenson, WA)
  • šŸ† Won Best Poster/Demo Award, with Jacob Thebault-Spieker, David Mitchell, Chris Hurt, and Kurt Luther.
  • 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 with large crowds helping law enforcement uncover new leads for 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)
    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)
    August: Joined the Crowd Intelligence Lab at Virginia Tech!