Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Assistant Professor


VTRC-A Room 5-012, 900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203




Department Membership


Computer Science


  • Digital History
  • Public History
  • Military History
  • History of Photography

Professional Activities

  • Director, Crowd Intelligence Lab
  • Contributing Editor, Military Images Magazine
  • Member, Center for Human-Computer Interaction


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Purdue University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award, Virginia Tech College of Engineering (2018)

    Grand Prize, Microsoft Cloud AI Research Challenge (2018)

    National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2017)

    AAAI HCOMP Notable Paper Award (2017)

    Distinguished Writing Awards Finalist, Army Historical Foundation (2016)

    Selected Publications


    • A. Bharadwaj, P. Siangliulue, A. Marcus, and K. Luther. Critter: Augmenting Creative Work with Dynamic Checklists, Automated Quality Assurance, and Contextual Reviewer Feedback. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), Glasgow, UK, 2019. (24% acceptance rate)
    • V. Mohanty, D. Thames, S. Mehta, and K. Luther. Photo Sleuth: Combining Human Expertise and Face Recognition to Identify Historical Portraits. ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2019), Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2019. (25% acceptance rate)
    • N.-C. Wang, D. Hicks, and K. Luther. Exploring Trade-Offs Between Learning and Productivity in Crowdsourced History. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2 (CSCW), 2018. (26% acceptance rate)
    • T. Li, K. Luther, and C. North. CrowdIA: Solving Mysteries with Crowdsourced Sensemaking. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2 (CSCW), 2018. (26% acceptance rate)
    • D.P. Singh, L. Lisle, T.M. Murali, and K. Luther. CrowdLayout: Crowdsourced Design and Evaluation of Biological Network Visualizations. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), Montréal, Canada, 2018. (26% acceptance rate)
    • R. Kohler, J. Purviance, and K. Luther. Supporting Image Geolocation with Diagramming and Crowdsourcing. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2017), Québec City, Canada, 2017. (29% acceptance rate)

    Sponsored Research 

    • “Transforming Investigative Science and Practice with Expert-Led Crowdsourcing,” National Science Foundation, $554,628. PI.
    •  “The American Soldier Collaborative Digital Archive,” National Endowment for the Humanities, $50,000. Co-PI.
    • “GraphCrowd: Using Crowdsourced Design to Visualize Effects of Environmental Chemicals on Signaling Networks,” National Institutes of Health, $626,159. PI.
    • “Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive,” National Historical Publications and Records Commission, $74,224. Co-PI.
    • “Supporting Crowdsourced Sensemaking in Big Data with Dynamic Context Slices,” National Science Foundation, $500,000. PI.