Dr. Javier Borge-Holthoefer

Dr. Javier Broge 
Social Computing

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It is a unique opportunity to grow as a scientist as you contribute to the development of a young institution. QCRI offers me that, and I wouldn’t miss such a challenge

Research Focus at QCRI

My research focuses on the growth, evolution and settlement of social collective phenomena, with a special accent on political mobilizations and grassroots movements (such as street protests, civil riots, the emergence of consensus and the consolidation of electoral preferences). In this line, my interests focus on the underlying causal processes and dynamics in the unfolding of endogenous social events.

Previous Experience

Before joining QCRI, I was a research fellow at the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) in Zaragoza, Spain. In those three years at BIFI (2010-2013) my research fluctuated from Cognitive Science (language retrieval, memory navigation and exploration) to Social Science (collective behavior emergence, information diffusion), within a common complex networks framework. Previous to that, I developed my PhD at the Universitat Rovira i Virigili in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain), where I developed different research lines in Statistical Physics.

Professional Experience

  • BIFI (Universidad de Zaragoza), Research fellow, 2010-2013
  • Department of Computer Science and Mathematics (Universitat Rovira i Virigili), Assistant Professor, 2008-2010
  • Department of Psychology (Universitat Rovira i Virigili), Assistant Professor, 2005-2008

Professional Associations and Awards



  • PhD in Computer Science, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2011
  • MS in Artificial Intelligence, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2011
  • MS in Cognitive Science and Language, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2007
  • BS in Computer Science, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2007
  • BA in Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), 2002

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In the Media

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Algorithm can create a bridge between Clinton and Trump supporters


A growing number of people have expressed their concern about high levels of polarization in society. For instance, the World Economic Forum's report on global risks lists the increasing societal ...

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The hero big data needs? Data Civilizer helps scientists conquer the clutter


Big data is a big deal. With these huge data sets, analysts can gain unprecedented insight into the hidden patterns of fields like physics, healthcare, and finance. Collecting and analyzing this data...

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Taming data


The age of big data has seen a host of new techniques for analyzing large data sets. But before any of those techniques can be applied, the target data has to be aggregated, organized, and cleaned up...

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Upcoming Events


MLDAS 2017

(MLDAS 2017) Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium

Download ICS File 13/03/2017  - 14/03/2017 , Qatar National Convention Centre

Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium - MLDAS 2017 Building on the success of the three previous events , Boeing and QCRI will hold the Fourth Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (...

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Past Events

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Women in Data Science

Download ICS File 03/02/2017 ,

Here's a great chance to learn about the latest data science-related research in multiple domains, as part of a global project. Qatar's WiDS event will be held here at the HBKU Research Complex on ...

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QCRI - IBM Data Science Connect 2016

Download ICS File 16/11/2016 ,

QCRI–IBM Data Science Connect 2016  Doha, Qatar 12.30pm –5:30pm, Wednesday, November 16 HBKU Research Complex, Ground Level Multi-Purpose Room Google Map link to location https://goo.gl/maps/...

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News Releases


Boeing Partners with QCRI for fourth annual Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS)


The Boeing Company has announced that it will once again partner with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, to host the fourth annual Machine Learning ...

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QCRI’s Jalees Reader app launched in more languages


French and German interfaces added for free app which allows users to upload books and read them offline.

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IBM Watson scientist visits Qatar to present platform that 'thinks like a human'


IBM Watson’s chief data scientist Romeo Kienzler has visited the Qatar Computing Research Institute to conduct a workshop on Watson, a question-answering platform that can “think like a human”. Mr ...

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