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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Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos


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QCRI to conduct first summer computing camps for kids

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

Children and teenagers will be given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp to be 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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QCRI-MIT CSAIL Annual Research Project Review 2017

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The QCRI – MIT CSAIL Annual Research Project Review is open to the public on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room. The annual meeting is a highlight of a ...

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QCRI’s summer internship program kicks off


The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s 2017 summer internship program is underway. This year’s program involves computer science and computer engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University, ...

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QCRI summer 2017 internship applications open


The Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has announced that applications for its summer internship program have opened. The internships are being offered to ...

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MIT-CSAIL's Patrick Winston: 'AI is not a threat'


Artificial intelligence expert tells Qatar audience that humans should not consider AI to be a major threat to their existence but should use it to enhance it.

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