Dr. Carlos Castillo

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Principal Scientist
Social Computing
+(974) 44541228
QCRI is an energetic research lab providing a great opportunity for starting a new line of research. Also, Doha is a city full of adventurers.

Research Focus at QCRI

Carlos focuses on news and crisis. On the news side, he works on developing methods that help journalists make sense of social media around news events. On the crisis side, he works on extracting timely and credible information for social media, humanitarian, and crisis response purposes.

Previous Experience

Carlos is a web miner with a background on information retrieval, and has been influential in the areas of adversarial web search and web content quality and credibility. He is an active researcher with more than 60 publications in top-tier international conferences and journals, including two monographs on Adversarial Web Search and Information and Influence Propagation, and roughly 4700 citations.

He received his Ph.D from the University of Chile, and was a visiting scientist at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2005) and Sapienza Universitá di Roma before working as a research scientist at Yahoo! Research for six years. He has served in the PC or SPC of all major conferences in his area (WWW, WSDM, SIGIR, KDD, CIKM, etc.). He was PC co-chair of WSDM 2014, and co-organized the Adversarial Information Retrieval Workshop and Web Spam Challenge in 2007 and 2008, the ECML/PKDD Discovery Challenge in 2010 and 2014, and the Web Quality Workshop from 2011 to 2014.

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In the Media


Do you mukbang? It's the new form of 'social eating'


A couple sit together for breakfast, their plates piled high with vegan sausages, broccoli and rice, what they consider a typically vegan meal. Like any couple, they talk about the day they have ...

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The secret network of political tweeters making debate memes go viral


In the aftermath of the second presidential debate, Facebook and Twitter lit up with two competing memes. One depicts a smiling Hillary Clinton, with the campaign slogan “I’m with her” superimposed ...

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Trump snares more Twitter attention than Clinton: study


Donald Trump attracts more tweet traffic and support on social media platform than presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

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Upcoming Events



QCRI - IBM Data Science Connect 2016

Download ICS File 16/11/2016 ,

QCRI–IBM Data Science Connect 2016  Doha, Qatar 10.30am – 5pm, Wednesday, November 16 HBKU Research Complex, Ground Level Multi-Purpose Room   Romeo Kienzler, Chief Data Scientist @IBM Watson IoT, ...

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Past Events

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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

Download ICS File 22/03/2016  - 23/03/2016 ,

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) will be held on 22nd and 23rd March,2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The conference aims to advance Qatar’s ambitious ...

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Coding is Cool 2016

Download ICS File 21/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Organized by Qatar Computing Research Institute and MIT-Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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News Releases


QCRI’s BrailleEasy app launched on iOS store


BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute, is now available on the iOS App Store. The Braille keyboard was developed by Barbara Šepič, ...

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QCRI researcher jointly develops new film-making technique


 A scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has jointly developed technology that can recreate films and portraits in the style of ...

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QCRI launches RHEEM big data app


The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has launched an application that can draw insights from big data across many software platforms. The ...

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