Kevin G Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science, Associate Dean for Research

Accepting PhD Students

  • 7034 Citations
  • 35 h-Index
1986 …2022
If you made any changes in Pure, your changes will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Kevin G Crowston is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 9 Similar Profiles
Software engineering Engineering & Materials Science
Communication Engineering & Materials Science
Information systems Engineering & Materials Science
Information technology Engineering & Materials Science
Open source software Engineering & Materials Science
real estate Social Sciences
Internet Engineering & Materials Science
Industry Engineering & Materials Science

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1986 2020

Teaching citizen scientists to categorize glitches using machine learning guided training

Jackson, C., Østerlund, C., Crowston, K., Harandi, M., Allen, S., Bahaadini, S., Coughlin, S., Kalogera, V., Katsaggelos, A., Larson, S., Rohani, N., Smith, J., Trouille, L. & Zevin, M., Apr 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 105, 106198.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Learning systems

Building an Apparatus: Refractive, Reflective, and Diffractive Readings of Trace Data

Oesterlund, C., Crowston, K. G. & Jackson, C. B., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the Association of Information Systems. 45 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Information systems
2 Citations (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
gravitational waves

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
Open source software
Software development process
Internal communication

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

The Hermeneutics of Trace Data: Building an Apparatus

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

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

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)

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)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation


Best Published Social Informatics Paper Award

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


information processing
working group