About

The Crowd Intelligence Lab at Virginia Tech, directed by Dr. Kurt Luther, researches the complementary strengths of crowdsourced human intelligence and artificial intelligence (AI) in domains like journalism, history, national security, and creativity. Our current projects focus on improving open source intelligence (OSINT) analysis, combating disinformation and misinformation, identifying unknown people and places in historical and modern photos, and understanding real-world crowdsourced investigations.

Our research has been featured in The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, NPR, Popular Mechanics, Slate, Smithsonian, and TIME. We have received funding from the US Department of Defense, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation (including a CAREER Award).

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, the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Information, Trust, and Society Initiative, and the Tech for Humanity Initiative.