Dr. Kurt Luther is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and (by courtesy) the Department of History at Virginia Tech. His research group, the Crowd Intelligence Lab, builds and studies crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery, with applications in domains such as national security, journalism, history, biology, and design. His research and teaching interests include crowdsourcing, social computing, human computation, human-AI collaboration, and creativity support tools.
Dr. Luther has been honored with the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2017), the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award (2018), and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Outstanding Technology Alumni Award (2019). His papers have received the ACM CSCW Best Paper Award (2013), the AAAI HCOMP Notable Paper Award (2017), and the ACM IUI Best Paper Award (2019). His software has won the AAAI HCOMP Best Demo Award (2018) and the Microsoft Cloud AI Research Challenge Grand Prize (2018). He recently served as program co-chair for ACM Collective Intelligence (2018), papers co-chair for ACM Creativity & Cognition (2019), and lead guest editor for a special issue of ACM Transactions on Social Computing (2019). He has been PI or co-PI for over $2 million in federal funding from the NSF, the NIH, the NEH, and the National Archives. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, NPR, Slate, Smithsonian, and TIME.
Previously, Dr. Luther was a postdoctoral fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in human-centered computing from Georgia Tech, where he was a James D. Foley Scholar. He received his B.S. in computer graphics technology, with honors and highest distinction, from Purdue University. He also completed internships at IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and YouTube/Google.
Travel & Talks
- February 27: University of Washington
- March 17-20: IUI 2019 (Los Angeles)
- April 4: Return on Creativity: From Creativity to Innovation (Arlington)
- April 19: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- April 25: Emerging Trends: New Tools, Threats, and Thinking (Arlington)
- April 26: Purdue University
- May 4: American Civil War Museum
- May 5-9: CHI 2019 (Glasgow)
- June 23-26: Creativity & Cognition 2019 (San Diego)
- September 20: Machine Learning + Libraries Summit, Library of Congress
- October 28-30: HCOMP 2019 (Skamania Lodge)
- November 9-13: CSCW 2019 (Austin)
- November 19: University of Maryland, College Park