About

I am a postdoc in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am affiliated with the Social Computing Lab and the ProtoLab. Starting August 2014, I will be an assistant professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.

My research explores how social computing and crowdsourcing techniques can enhance human creativity. I draw upon my training in computer science, HCI, and design to build and evaluate creativity support tools. I also combine quantitative and qualitative methods to study examples of social computing “in the wild” and understand why they succeed or fail. My research spans many creative domains, including computer animation, visual design, knowledge discovery, and citizen science. I am also interested in connections to the digital humanities, especially history.

In 2012, I received my Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, where I was advised by Amy Bruckman. While in graduate school, I interned with YouTube's User Experience group and the Social Computing groups at Microsoft Research and IBM Research. Before that, I studied computer graphics, art, and design as an undergraduate at Purdue University.

Software

I frequently develop social software as part of my research projects. Recent examples include:

Screenshot of CrowdCrit

CrowdCrit

CrowdCrit is a tool for helping crowdworkers from Mechanical Turk provide high-quality critiques of visual designs. Designers can explore the feedback using an aggregation interface with an interactive visualization.

The CrowdCrit team includes Kurt Luther, Amy Pavel, Wei Wu, Jay Tolentino, Maneesh Agrawala, Björn Hartmann, and Steven Dow. CrowdCrit is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Screenshot of Pipeline

Pipeline

Pipeline is a tool for helping leaders organize creative projects online. People have used Pipeline to create award-winning films, games, artworks, and more. Pipeline is free and open source.

Website and demo
Source code (GitHub)

The Pipeline team includes Kurt Luther (project lead), Amy Bruckman (co-lead), Casey Fiesler (community manager), and Joe Gonzales (developer). Past team members include developers Boris de Souza, Kevin Ziegler, and Chris Howse. Pipeline is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Screenshot of Pathfinder

Pathfinder

Pathfinder is a tool for helping citizen scientists collect, discuss, and analyze sustainability data. Users can visualize and compare their data to over 20,000 imported data sources, and collaboratively make sense of the data using a structured discussion tool.

The Pathfinder team includes Kurt Luther, Scott Counts, Kristin Stecher, Aaron Hoff, and Paul Johns. Pathfinder was developed at Microsoft Research.

Screenshot of ProveIt

ProveIt

ProveIt is a tool for working with references in Wikipedia articles. It has been integrated into the English-language Wikipedia and is currently used by more than 7,000 editors. ProveIt is free and open source.

Website and demo
Source code (Google Code)

The ProveIt team includes Kurt Luther (project lead), Amy Bruckman (co-lead), and Matt Flaschen (developer). Past team members include Terris Johnson (designer), Christopher Jordan (developer), and Andrea Forte (project lead). ProveIt is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Screenshot of Who Gives a Tweet

Who Gives a Tweet

Who Gives a Tweet (WGAT) is a tool for giving and receiving feedback on Twitter status updates, or “tweets.” People have used WGAT to rate more than 43,000 tweets, and the site was featured in The Atlantic, CNN, Harvard Business Review, and elsewhere. WGAT is currently on hiatus.

Website

WGAT was created by Kurt Luther, Paul André, and Michael Bernstein.

Papers

You can also find my papers on Google Scholar and in the ACM Digital Library.