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 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 heads a Research Coordination Network to develop a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Information, Technology and People and editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Social Computing.

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The ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award goes to... me!

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) just announced that I am the 2019 recipient of the ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award. The award’s purpose is to recognize an individual or individuals for an outstanding research contribution in the field of information science. The award is for a systematic “program of research” in a single area that has significant impact in the field at a level beyond a single study, but not at the level of a lifetime’s work.

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