Social Computing

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New books from Social Computing: "Digital Humanitarians" authored by Dr. Patrick Meier, director of Social Innovation, is available, and "Twitter: A Digital Socioscope" edited by Y. Mejova, I. Weber, and M. Macy, is available for pre-order.

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. 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: natural language processing, sociology of disaster, machine learning, large-scale data mining, and information retrieval. We collaborate closely with Arabic Language Technologies and other teams at QCRI to generate scientific work that is locally relevant to the region while producing global impact.

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Highlights as of March 2015

  • January 2015. The book Digital Humanitarians was published by Dr. Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation, QCRI. This published work highlights the work of QCRI's Social Computing team and the larger impact around the world, including a chapters highlighting MicroMappers, Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR) and other social computing successes. Dr. Meier has recently presented QCRI's successes at SXSW, Stanford, Columbia, and University of Canterbury (New Zealand).
  • March 2015. In response to the Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, using Social Innovation tools and techniques, the team collaborated with partners to deliver an information map of over 1,000 images posted in social media, to evaluate Rapid Damage Assessments. In addition to the UN, the World Bank is using MicroMappers to rapidly analyze UAV (aerial) imagery of the disaster damage in very close collaboration with the Government of Vanuatu. The Vice President of the World Bank is particularly pleased with the initiative, which was only possible thanks to QCRI's MicroMappers platform and the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators), an initiative launched by QCRI Social Innovation Program.

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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Principal Scientist


Dr. Prasenjit Mitra

Storing, managing, retrieving, and mining Big Data is one of the most difficult computing challenges of our times. Along with my colleagues in the Data Analytics Group at QCRI, I am interested in enabling end-users to utilize large datasets to the fullest by designing infrastructure and algorithms, and applying data and text mining techniques.
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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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Django Girls Workshop for Women

Download ICS File 21/11/2015 , Tornado Tower, 5th Floor - Events Hall

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