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

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Agora Dark Web Market Discovers Suspicious Activity on Servers, Pauses Operations

31/08/2015

The Agora Dark Web market cited Tor Hidden Services security vulnerabilities that could allow de-anonymization attacks and temporarily shut down operations after detecting suspicious activity on its ...

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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

18/08/2015

Atletico Madrid used few predictable passing patterns in the 2013/14 season – and won the league that year (Image: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty) Who really calls the shots in team sports? The players? The...

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Shoring up Tor

29/07/2015

Researchers mount successful attacks against popular anonymity network — and show how to prevent them.

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Upcoming Events

2015

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41st International Conference on Very Large Data Bases

Download ICS File 31/08/2015  - 04/09/2015 ,

VLDB is a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. The conference will feature research talks, ...

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World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Consultation

Download ICS File 01/09/2015  - 02/09/2015 , Hamad Bin Khalifa University – Qatar Foundation (HBKU QF) Student Centre Doha, Qatar

This event will provide a platform for youth to enhance their knowledge on current global and regional challenges to meet the humanitarian needs, facilitated discussions on youth contribution to ...

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GCC Government Social Media Summit

Download ICS File 16/09/2015  - 17/09/2015 , Sofitel, Downtown - Dubai

The use of social media by governments has steadily grown over the recent years in the GCC region. With some of the highest social media platform penetration rates in the world the MENA Governments ...

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News Releases

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Qatar Computing Research Institute Welcomes New Batch of Students to Summer Internship Programme

02/06/2015

Hands-On Programme Offers Undergraduate Students An Opportunity To Conduct Research And Gain Real-World Experience Doha, Qatar, 02 June 2015 - Enjoying its fourth consecutive year of success, the ...

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Dr Farnam Jahanian joins Qatar Computing Research Institute's Scientific Advisory Committee

27/05/2015

The Provost of Carnegie Mellon University Brings A Wealth Of Knowledge And Expertise To Qatar Foundation-Based Research Institute

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Qatar Computing Research Institute Boosts Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts with High-Tech Digital Initiatives

25/05/2015

Doha, Qatar, May 25 2015: Emergency responders are still dealing with the fallout of Nepal’s two devastating earthquakes and using advanced technology and platforms, some of which have been developed...

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