Focus Areas

Our main areas of focus in the Social Computing group 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 Arabic Language Technologies and Data Analytics): 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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QCRI team wins SUMMA BBC #NewsHack 'Best Audience Experience' prize

13/12/2017

Congratulations to Ahmed Ali, Yifan Zhang and Fahim Dalvi for winning the prize of the “Best Audience Experience” category at the news hack hosted by SUMMA and BBC in London on 21-22 November with ...

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Reading a neural network’s mind

12/12/2017

Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data, have been responsible for the most impressive recent advances in artificial intelligence, ...

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CSAIL hosts annual meeting highlighting innovative collaboration with QCRI

10/10/2017

This year CSAIL celebrates five years of collaboration with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), an esteemed research institute that’s part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha. This ...

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Events

2017

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QCRI's Creative Space launches free after-school computing courses for teenagers

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We offer an App Inventor Course in Arabic for students aged 13-15 and an Arduino Programming Course in English for students aged 14-18. Courses are free. Please register quickly as places are limited.

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Past Events

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QCRI conducts first summer computing camps for kids

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Children and teenagers have been given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp conducted by the Qatar Computing ...

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QCRI’s Creative Space holds Open House event for kids

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The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s new Creative Space, which conducts fun activities to teach children computing skills, has successfully held its first Open House event. About 100 children ...

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News

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Research by QCRI's Jim Jansen among most influential of decade: top journals

13/12/2017

QCRI Social Computing group's principal scientist achieves rare honor.

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#Halal now a lifestyle definition on Instagram

29/11/2017

The word “halal” is no longer being defined only in a religious context but is becoming a lifestyle term associated with health and fashion around the globe, a new study of Instagram posts led by ...

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QCRI’s Mohamed Mokbel named Distinguished Scientist by world’s largest computing society ACM

21/11/2017

Chief scientist among only 43 scientists globally - and the only one from the Middle East - to be selected for the honor in 2017.

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