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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28/01/2015

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Upcoming Events

2015

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World Innovation Summit for Health

Download ICS File 17/02/2015  - 18/02/2015 ,

The second World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) will take place on 17-18 February 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). Six Forums have been established for WISH 2015. Each will ...

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2015 Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium

Download ICS File 09/03/2015  - 10/03/2015 , Doha, Qatar

Organized by QCRI and Boeing, the 2nd Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium will take place in Doha on March 9 - 10, 2015.

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QCRI-MIT Annual Meeting 2015

Download ICS File 22/03/2015  - 23/03/2015 ,

Open invitation to attend the annual research project review meeting by QCRI and MIT- CSAIL. Date:  March 22 - 23, 2015 Time:  8am - 3pm Venue:  Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar ...

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Press Releases

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11/12/2014

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

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09/11/2014

Doha, Qatar, 8 November 2014: Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Conference (ARC’14), has announced the ARC’14 agenda to address Qatar’s Cyber Security Grand Challenge, focusing on computing ...

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Greater Road Safety Subject of Collaborative Research by Qatar Computing Research Institute and Qatar Mobility Innovations Center

29/10/2014

Results From Joint Research Efforts To Bring Benefits To Local Residents Doha, 28 October 2014:  Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) have signed...

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