Social Computing

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News Flash: Social Computing has 2 papers accepted at CSCW 2015!

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.

Read more about our research focus areas »

Highlights as of September 2014

  • In computational social science we are using social media data to gain insights into the “real world.” In one of our current projects, we look at how gender gaps in different countries are reflected in social media. We are also starting to explore applications in the healthcare domain.
  • In social media and news, we are continuing our collaboration with Al Jazeera, working on new systems to help editors select related articles when writing a story. We also study international news media---specifically relationships between different countries in terms of news coverage.
  • In crisis computing, our primary focus is on AIDR - Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response, a platform for automatic classification of microblog posts generated during mass emergencies. We also recently completed a detailed survey on this topic.
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.

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