The Crowd Intelligence Lab, directed by Prof. Kurt Luther, is an interdisciplinary research group at Virginia Tech. We build and study crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery. Our current projects focus on crowd leadership, crowd-supported investigations, and crowdsourced analysis of visual material, with applications in domains such as national security, journalism, history, and biology. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER Award), the National Institutes of Health, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Google.

The Crowd Lab is based in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. We are also affiliated with Virginia Tech’s Department of History, the Center for Human–Computer Interaction, and the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. We are also a member of the First Draft News Academic Partner Network at the Harvard Kennedy School.