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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Cyber security experts advise caution after attacks


Cyber security experts in Qatar and the region have advised caution and not to access any emails or other information from unknown sources, following the recent wave of cyber attacks across the world...

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People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests


As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing “Kumbayah” or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the ...

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Computer vision research aims to identify overweight people from social media face photos


Researchers from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have developed a novel new facility in the current rush of interest towards computer vision – an algorithm that can identify overweight...

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Past Events


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QCRI’s Creative Space holds Open House event for kids

Download ICS File 20/05/2017 ,

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

Download ICS File 27/03/2017 ,

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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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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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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