Social Computing

QCRI’s Social Computing group performs multi-disciplinary research, combining computer science and social sciences to address problems of societal relevance.

Methodologically, our principal sub-areas are: (i) computational social science: studying human behavior at scale, (ii) social analytics: applying machine learning to social data to build models for various applications, and (iii) hybrid collaborative intelligence: supporting the collaboration between humans and machines for information processing tasks.

Thematically, our group is organized by application area: Health, Urban Computing, Crisis Computing and News. The researchers in each focus area work with local stakeholders to generate science and systems that are relevant to the region, while producing global impact. Our efforts in these four areas include:

Public Health Informatics for Healthy Living: Working closely with local domain experts, we develop mobile and wearable technologies to promote healthy living of individuals, communities and populations. Part of our work also focuses on analyzing and visualizing social media data to better understand public health concerns, especially lifestyle-related issues.

Using big data to understand urban dynamics in fast growing cities. Data from social media is complementary to physical sensors and can be exploited to better “sense” the city for improving urban services and city planning. We are working on a platform for integrating data from disparate physical and social sensors and we are developing novel analytical approaches to mine such data and design smart city apps for residents.

Extracting Timely and Credible Information from Social Media for Crisis Response:  We conduct applied and core computer science research and build innovative technologies to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response during emergencies. Our research and development efforts focus on consuming both textual and visual social media content and is coordinated in collaboration with several regional and global partners.

News and Social Media Analytics: We conduct research to understand, predict, and improve the dissemination of online news in all its forms. Our research objectives are to provide policy makers insights concerning the impact of online news, develop methods leveraging social media and other online data to inform journalists and content providers allowing them to understand exposure in real time, and to build systems to enhance their impact.

For more details about our projects, demos, and publications, please visit our group page at sc.qcri.org.

 

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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Study: On Twitter, you're better off fact-checking your crazy uncle than a complete stranger

12/09/2017

A new study has found what many of us have always thought to be true: We are more likely to accept correction from people we know than strangers. The  study , conducted by researchers at Cornell, ...

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Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

25/07/2017

There are few things social media users love more than flooding their feeds with photos of food. Yet we seldom use these images for much more than a quick scroll on our cellphones. Researchers from ...

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How did Donald Trump win? WikiLeaks, Twitter helped president beat Hillary Clinton, study shows

16/07/2017

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Events

Past Events

2017

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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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QCRI-MIT CSAIL Annual Research Project Review 2017

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The QCRI – MIT CSAIL Annual Research Project Review is open to the public on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room. The annual meeting is a highlight of a ...

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News

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QCRI's Ingmar Weber wins UN award for joint gender equality research

21/09/2017

Joint research undertaken by Dr. Ingmar Weber of Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, along with scientists from Oxford and Princeton universities, has won a ...

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Qatar girls embrace technology to tackle obesity

11/09/2017

Mothers are also more likely to use social media to learn about a healthy lifestyle than fathers, new study finds.

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QCRI’s summer internship program kicks off

07/05/2017

The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s 2017 summer internship program is underway. This year’s program involves computer science and computer engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University, ...

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