Dr. Kurt Luther is an assistant professor of computer science and, by courtesy, history at Virginia Tech. 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 group, the Crowd Intelligence Lab, builds and studies crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery, with applications in domains such as such as national security, journalism, history, biology, and design. His research interests include crowdsourcing, social computing, human computation, human-AI interaction, 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 external funding from the NSF, the NIH, the NEH, the National Archives, and Google. 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, with a specialization in social 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 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)