Social Computing

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The Social Computing group is a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists, computer scientists, and software engineers. We are interested in understanding various social phenomena through the analysis of social media, and in using social media data to fuel time-critical applications. We focus on extracting relevant and credible information communicated on microblogging platforms, mass media news sites, and other online sources. Our goal is to support decisions made by policy makers, emergency responders, journalists and others who benefit from knowledge and information generated in online media.

Our work includes the analysis of online communications regarding current news, political events, humanitarian crises, and mass emergencies. We draw from techniques in several areas including: discourse analysis, natural language processing, sociology of disaster, database management, machine learning, large-scale data mining, and information retrieval. We work closely with the Distributed Systems team to develop our solutions on top of a robust architecture, with the Data Analytics team to leverage scalable and efficient processing of large data volumes. We also collaborate with the Arabic Language Technologies team to generate scientific work that is locally relevant to the region while producing global impact.

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Highlights as of January 2015

Several upcoming workshops organized by Social Computing members:
See some projects and demos from our group and browse through our latest publications »

We are hiring!

We are looking for scientists with a strong background in computational social science, information retrieval, machine learning, data mining, human-computer interaction, graph theory, text mining, or other topics, and that are passionate about social media data and applications. 

Visit our Join Us page to see more information about our open positions.

For technical or informational questions, please send an email to QCRI Careers with the name of the group to whom you’re directing your question, e.g. ALT, CS&E, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Distributed Systems or Social Computing, in the subject line.

Research Director

Dr. Jaideep Srivastava

Why QCRI? A question I asked myself when first invited to visit. My career path has been one of trying out new things, taking a direction very different from the one before, experiencing the new – cultures, challenges, opportunities. I was looking for the ‘next big thing’ to try. Once I visited here, the question became ‘Why not QCRI?’ And, when I was offered the opportunity to head Social Computing, my reaction was ‘Wow, QCRI!’
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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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Twitter Data Mining Reveals the Origins of Support for Islamic State

26/03/2015

QCRI research studies the pre-Islamic State tweets of people who end up backing the organization paints a revealing picture of how support emerges.

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QSTP programmes boost Qatar's capacity to create commercial technologies

15/03/2015

Doha - Qatar, 15 March 2015: Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), recently hosted a special edition of its acclaimed TECHtalk series. ...

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Boeing, QCRI announce speakers for symposium

07/03/2015

Boeing and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation, have announced the speaker line-up for the Second Annual Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS) that...

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Upcoming Events

2015

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4th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics & Systems Biology

Download ICS File 27/04/2015  - 29/04/2015 ,

Metabolomics is an emerging field which combines strategies to identify and quantify cellular metabolites using sophisticated analytical technologies with the application of statistical and ...

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24th International World Wide Web Conference

Download ICS File 18/05/2015  - 22/05/2015 , Florence, Italy

The annual World Wide Web Conference is the premier international forum to present and discuss progress in research, development, standards, and applications of the topics related to the Web. WWW ...

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The 3rd International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM'15)

Download ICS File 18/05/2015 , Florence, Italy

Co-located with the WWW'15 conference (May 2015, Florence, Italy). Proceedings published by ACM. QCRI's Dr Carlos Castillo is co-organizer.

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News Releases

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Head of Qatar Computing Research Institute Recognised for Contributions to Advancing Science

26/02/2015

Doha, Qatar, 25 February 2015 — Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, ...

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Qatar Computing Research Institute and Boeing Bring Top Machine Learning and Data Analytics Experts to Qatar

01/02/2015

Second annual symposium to highlight new approaches to valuable data extraction, provide students with insight into machine learning

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Families Visit Qatar Foundation's Tent at Darb El-Saai National Day Celebrations

11/12/2014

Fun Filled Activities Designed To Raise Awareness Of Local Culture And The Foundation’s Many Initiatives

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