Focus Areas

Our main areas of focus in the Social Computing department are the following:

Mining Social Media for Socio-Political, Cultural, and Behavioral Patterns: We develop mining algorithms for crawling, sampling, and mining various online repositories, addressing challenges of scale and heterogeneity (e.g., structured and unstructured) of the underlying data, as well as access restrictions such as proprietary query views. Our focus is on methods that provide in-depth analysis that go beyond mere topical “trending now” analysis. One key application area is in understanding political opinion formation and interaction, both in the Arab world and elsewhere.

Social Media Intelligence for News: We develop methods that change the face of traditional news media by gathering usage- and content-based signals from social media around news stories. Our focus is on developing methods that leverage the strengths of social media and traditional media to provide a holistic view of a multitude of data sources and reactions around a developing news event. The integration of traditional and social media fills the gap between supply and demand of information; this integration has become essential to maintain the relevance and timeliness of traditional media, and to reinforce the credibility of social media.

Extracting Timely and Credible Information from Social Media for Crisis Response
(joint research with our Arabic Language Technologies and Data Analytics departments): We apply social computing methods to crisis information communicated via social media to generate situational awareness for humanitarian response. We integrate tools for crowdsourcing/collaboration with an emphasis on crisis informatics. The aim is to extract relevant information that contributes to situational awareness, and to aggregate this content according to existing standards (such as the Humanitarian Cluster system) for further analysis. This research and development effort is currently focused on Twitter, and is coordinated in collaboration with the United Nations.

Research Director

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Dr. Ingmar Weber

I’m very excited to be in Doha and to be part of QCRI and to have a chance to contribute to its exciting and ambitious mission.
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Principal Scientist

Dr. Jim Jansen

For many people, it is difficult to imagine conducting the daily business of life without the assistance of the Web and Internet. My research interest is in making this interaction among people, technology, and information even better through applied research. QCRI is the place to do this type of research!
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MIT/QCRI system uses machine learning to build road maps

22/04/2018

Map apps may have changed our world, but they still haven’t mapped all of it yet. Specifically, mapping roads can be difficult and tedious: even after taking aerial images, companies still have to ...

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Improving disaster response efforts through data

08/02/2018

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28/01/2018

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Events

2018

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

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Past Events

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Public Talk by Prof. Regina Barzilay "Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text"

Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text A talk by Professor Regina Barzilay, MIT CSAIL Winner of 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ At Education City Student ...

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to public Date:    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:    9:00AM – 3:00PM Venue:  HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room To view full agenda, please click here . To RSVP, ...

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News

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QCRI and Turkish scientists to build pre-emptive cyber security platform

10/04/2018

Project to build defensive platform to detect emerging cyberattacks awarded $1.65m grant.

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MIT-CSAIL researchers visit Doha for annual QCRI research meeting

25/03/2018

Meeting updates joint research projects between the two institutions and will feature 'genius grant' recipient Prof. Regina Barzilay, who uses AI to detect cancer, as keynote speaker.

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QCRI’s Advanced Transcription System snares ARC’18 Best Innovation Award

19/03/2018

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser presents accolade for system that automatically converts speech to text using state-of-the-art speech recognition techniques.

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