Dr. Jisun An

Social Computing

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Dr. Jisun An is a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, the UK in 2015. Her study was financed by EPSRC, and she was also an honorable recipient of a Google European Scholarship. Dr. An conducts interdisciplinary research connecting computer science, journalism and public opinion. Her Ph.D. was devoted to studying news sharing on social media, and recently she has been focused on applying statistical methods and machine learning techniques in capturing public opinion from social media. She has been a member of the PC of major computer science conferences, including ICWSM 2012-17, WWW 2016-17, and SocInfo 2014-17.

Dr. An's research interests are in the area of computational journalism and opinion, in particular the media's influence on opinion shaping. The research she does is highly interdisciplinary, which only can be achieved by combining theoretical foundations, computational methods and massive computing capability.

Previous Experience


Professional Experience

Research Intern
Yahoo! Research; Barcelona, Spain

Research Intern
Palo Alto Research Center; Palo Alto, United States of America

Research Intern
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems; Saarbruecken, Germany

Professional Associations and Awards



Ph.D. in Computer Science
University of Cambridge; Cambridge, UK

M.S. in Computer Science
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); Daejeon, South Korea

B.S. in Computer Science
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); Daejeon, South Korea

Selected Research

Julio Reis, Haewoon Kwak, Jisun An, Johnnatan Messias, and Fabrıcio Benevenuto
Demographics of News Sharing in Twitter; The Proceedings of the 28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media; 2017

Jisun An, Ingmar Weber
\#greysanatomy vs. \#yankees: Demographics and Hashtag Use on Twitter.; The Proceedings of 11th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media; 2016

Soo-Yong Shin, Dong-Woo Seo, Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak
High correlation of Middle East respiratory syndrome spread with Google search and Twitter trends in Korea; Scientific Reports; 6(32920) Nature; 2016

Jisun An, Ingmar Weber
Whom Should We Sense in Social Sensing - Analyzing Which Users Work Best for Social Media Now-Casting; EPJ Data Science; 4(22); 2015

Jisun An, Daniele Quercia, Jon Crowcroft
Recommending Investors for Crowdfunding Projects; The Proceedings of the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference; 2014

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to public Date:    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:    9:00AM – 3:00PM Venue:  HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room To view full agenda, please click here . To RSVP, ...

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Public Talk by Prof. Regina Barzilay "Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text"

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Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text A talk by Professor Regina Barzilay, MIT CSAIL Winner of 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ At Education City Student ...

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

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Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

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QCRI’s Advanced Transcription System snares ARC’18 Best Innovation Award


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QCRI signs three-year MoU with the Berlin Big Data Center


MoU will promote collaboration via an exchange of research, academic materials, faculty and research scholars.

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Hundreds attend QCRI's first Creative Space Fair


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