Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Kurt Luther

Assistant Professor

Office

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

Phone

571-858-3335

Email

Department Membership

History

Computer Science

Expertise

  • 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

Education

  • 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)

    Junior Faculty Award, Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (2018)

    National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2017)

    AAAI HCOMP Notable Paper Award (2017)

    Distinguished Writing Awards Finalist, Army Historical Foundation (2016)

    Selected Publications

    Articles 

    • 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)
    • A. Yuan, K. Luther, M. Krause, S. Vennix, S. Dow, and B. Hartmann. Almost an Expert: The Effects of Rubrics and Expertise on Perceived Value of Crowdsourced Design Critiques. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2016), San Francisco, Calif., USA, 2016. (25% acceptance rate)
    • K. Luther, N. Hahn, S. Dow, and A. Kittur. Crowdlines: Supporting Synthesis of Diverse Information Sources through Crowdsourced Outlines. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2015), San Diego, Calif., USA, 2015. (30% acceptance rate)
    • K. Luther, J. Tolentino, W. Wu, A. Pavel, B. Bailey, M. Agrawala, B. Hartmann, and S. Dow. Structuring, Aggregating, and Evaluating Crowdsourced Design Critique. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015), Vancouver, Canada, 2015. (28% 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.