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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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

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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

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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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