About me

Kevin Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science and Associate Dean for Research,
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (aka the iSchool). He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Research.

His research examines new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together. For more information, please consult his vitae and now quite out-of-date Fall 2005 research statement (both in PDF). Specific domains of interest include free/libre open source software development projects, citizen science projects and research data management.

He is a co-PI on an NSF INSPIRE project: "INSPIRE: Teaming Citizen Science with Machine Learning to Deepen LIGO's View of the Cosmos" (15-47880) and PI on an NSF CHS project: "Supporting Stigmergic Coordination” (16-18444). With colleagues, he will head a Research Coordination Network to develop a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

Looking for PhD students!

I am interested in finding new PhD students interested in work and technology, especially work and intelligent machines. You can find more information on the program here. Please get in touch if you have questions or are thinking about applying.

Convergence Workshop at Group 2018

Join us for an all-day workshop on work in the age of intelligent machines at the upcoming ACM Group Conference in Sanibel, FL. The event will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and will be organized by Ingrid Erickson (Syracuse University), Lionel Roberts (University of Michigan), Pernille Bjorn (University of Copenhagen), and Carsten Oesterlund (Syracuse University). This workshop is the first in a series of events aimed to build convergence among interdisciplinary scholars as part of a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network by the same name.

Research coordination network funded!

NSF just announced funding for our (me, Jeff Nickerson and Ingrid Erickson) Research Coordination Network on the Socio-Technological Landscape of Work in the Age of Increased Automation. See the press release here and the award summary here.


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