Dr. Kurt Luther is an assistant professor of computer science and, by courtesy, history at Virginia Tech, where he directs the Crowd Intelligence Lab. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and the Information, Trust, and Society Initiative. His research interests include crowdsourcing, social computing, and human-computer interaction (HCI).
Dr. Luther has received the ACM IUI Best Paper Award (2019), the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Outstanding Technology Alumni Award (2019), the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award (2018), the Microsoft Cloud AI Research Challenge Grand Prize (2018), the AAAI HCOMP Best Poster/Demo Award (2018), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2017), the AAAI HCOMP Notable Paper Award (2017), and the ACM CSCW Best Paper Award (2013). His lab has been funded by the NSF, the NIH, the National Archives, the NEH, and Google. His research has appeared in The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, 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 a minor in art and design, from Purdue University. He also worked in the Social Computing groups at IBM Research and Microsoft Research, and on the User Experience team at YouTube/Google.
Travel & Talks
- February 27: University of Washington
- March 8-10: Civil War Faces Show & Sale (Arlington)
- March 17-20: IUI 2019 (Los Angeles)
- April 4: Return on Creativity: From Creativity to Innovation (Arlington)
- April 19: IUPUI
- 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)