Dr. Haewoon Kwak

Senior Scientist
Social Computing
"QCRI is a young, innovative research lab. I meet great colleagues here."

Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Haewoon Kwak is a senior scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU with a background in computer science, and has studied online social networks for many years. He is a chair of social networks and graphs analysis track in WWW 2016. He is a lead author of “What is Twitter, a social network or news media?” (WWW 2010), which has been cited more than 4,500 times. Similarly to his Twitter paper, he is always exploring new areas, such as his work on YouTube and other online social networks. At QCRI, Haewoon focuses on computational journalism, with special emphasis on the bias of news media. 

His interests include new media, online games, computational social science and deep learning.

Previous Experience

April 2014 – present
Social Computing; Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), HBKU

June 2012 – April 2014
Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain

September 2007 – December 2007
Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain

August 2011 – October 2011
Research Assistant
KAIST, Daejeon, Korea

January 2003 – April 2005
Software Developer (Military service)
Initech, Korea

Professional Experience

Professional Associations and Awards

  •  Chair of online social networks and graph analysis track at World Wide Web 2016 conference


  • Ph.D. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) August 2011
  • M.S. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) August 2007
  • B.S. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) February 2006

Selected Research

Ah Reum Kang, Jeremy Blackburn, Haewoon Kwak, and Huy Kang Kim
I Would Not Plant Apple Trees If the World Will Be Wiped, 2017

Analyzing Hundreds of Millions of Behavioral Records of Players During an MMORPG Beta Test
The 26th International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference Alternative track, 2017

Kunwoo Park, Meeyoung Cha, Haewoon Kwak, and Kuan-Ta Chen; Achievement and Friends
Key Factors of Player Retention Vary Across Player Levels in Online Multiplayer Games; The 26th International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference Alternative track, 2017

H. Kwak, J. Blackburn, and S. Han; Exploring Cyberbullying and Other Toxic Behavior in Team Competition Online Games
In the 33rd annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI), 2015

J. Blackburn, and H. Kwak
STFU NOOB!: Predicting Crowdsourced Decisions On Toxic Behavior In Online Games; In the 23rd International Conference On World Wide Web (WWW), 2014
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In the Media

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Entrevista con Luis Fernández Luque, cofundador de Salumedia e investigador del Qatar Computing Research Institute


Si quiere buscar un ejemplo de ciudadano del mundo, de los que al cabo del año vive y trabaja desde numerosos países, y a través de internet, esté donde esté, desarrolla en remoto actividades para ...

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Gene fusion shifts cell activity into high gear, causing some cancer


The fusion of two adjacent genes can cause cancer by kicking mitochondria into overdrive and increasing the amount of fuel available for rampant cell growth, researchers at Columbia University ...

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QCRI team wins SUMMA BBC #NewsHack 'Best Audience Experience' prize


Congratulations to Ahmed Ali, Yifan Zhang and Fahim Dalvi for winning the prize of the “Best Audience Experience” category at the news hack hosted by SUMMA and BBC in London on 21-22 November with ...

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Upcoming Events


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QCRI's Creative Space launches free after-school computing courses for teenagers

Download ICS File 01/11/2017  - 20/12/2018 ,

We offer an App Inventor Course in Arabic for students aged 13-15 and an Arduino Programming Course in English for students aged 14-18. Courses are free. Please register quickly as places are limited.

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Past Events

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QCRI conducts first summer computing camps for kids

Download ICS File 16/07/2017  - 27/07/2017 ,

Children and teenagers have been given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp conducted by the Qatar Computing ...

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QCRI’s Creative Space holds Open House event for kids

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The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s new Creative Space, which conducts fun activities to teach children computing skills, has successfully held its first Open House event. About 100 children ...

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News Releases

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Research by QCRI's Jim Jansen among most influential of decade: top journals


QCRI Social Computing group's principal scientist achieves rare honor.

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#Halal now a lifestyle definition on Instagram


The word “halal” is no longer being defined only in a religious context but is becoming a lifestyle term associated with health and fashion around the globe, a new study of Instagram posts led by ...

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QCRI’s Mohamed Mokbel named Distinguished Scientist by world’s largest computing society ACM


Chief scientist among only 43 scientists globally - and the only one from the Middle East - to be selected for the honor in 2017.

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