Kevin G Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science, Associate Dean for Research

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1986 …2022
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Professional Information

Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. 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 is currently serving as Associate Dean for Research.

He is currently seeking PhD students interested in the impact on work design of systems with increased autonomy and capability.

Research Interests

Crowston's 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. 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) that has produced the Gravity Spy system. He is the former PI on NSF SOCS Grant 12-11071 for "Collaborative Research: Focusing Attention to Improve the Performance of Citizen Science Systems: Beautiful Images and Perceptive Observers" (see here for details). With colleagues, he will be leading a research coordination network aimed at developing a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

Keywords: virtual work; virtual organizations; free/libre/open source software development practices; citizen science; work design for work with autonomous systems

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1986 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Classifying the unknown: Discovering novel gravitational-wave detector glitches using similarity learning

Coughlin, S., Bahaadini, S., Rohani, N., Zevin, M., Patane, O., Harandi, M., Jackson, C., Noroozi, V., Allen, S., Areeda, J., Coughlin, M., Ruiz, P., Berry, C. P. L., Crowston, K. G., Katsaggelos, A. K., Lundgren, A., Oesterlund, C., Smith, J. R., Trouille, L. & Kalogera, V., Apr 15 2019, In : Physical Review D. 99, 8, 082002.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

LIGO (observatory)
machine learning
classifying
gravitational waves
learning

Coordinating Advanced Crowd Work: Extending Citizen Science

Crowston, K., Mitchell, E. & Østerlund, C., Jan 1 2019, In : Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. 4, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coordination in OSS 2.0: ANT Approach

You, S., Crowston, K., Saltz, J. & Hegde, Y., 2019, Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Vol. 52.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
Actor-network theory
Developer
Open source software
Software development process
Internal communication

Helping Data Science Students Develop Task Modularity

Saltz, J., Heckman, R., Crowston, K. G., You, S. & Hegde, Y., Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Vol. 52.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
Students
Computer science
Information systems
Decomposition

Activities 2008 2017

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Editorial activity

Transactions on Social Computing (Journal)

Kevin Crowston (Editor in chief)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Situating Learning & Infrastructure: How to support different opportunities for learning in an online citizen science community?

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Gabriel Mugar (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker), Mahboobeh Harandi (Speaker)
2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

The Hermeneutics of Trace Data: Building an Apparatus

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker)
2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Typologies of learning in open online collaborative communities

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Gabriel Mugar (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker)
2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Prizes

Best Published Social Informatics Paper Award

Kevin G Crowston (Recipient), Steve Sawyer (Recipient) & Rolf T. Wigand (Recipient), Oct 15 2016

Prize

federation
information processing
working group
academy
management
community
leadership