Dr. Jim Jansen

Principal Scientist
Social Computing

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For many people, it is difficult to imagine conducting the daily business of life without the assistance of the Web and Internet. My research interest is in making this interaction among people, technology, and information even better through applied research. QCRI is the place to do this type of research!

Research Focus at QCRI

Jim is a Principal Scientist in QCRI’s Social Computing group. Active research areas are personas usuing social media data, the use of second screens, keyword advertising and online marketing.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining QCRI, Jim was a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. He authored or co-authored around 250 research publications, with articles appearing in a multi-disciplinary and extremely wide range of journals and conferences. He is the author of the book, Understanding Sponsored Search: A Coverage of the Core Elements of Keyword Advertising (Cambridge University Press).

Jim is also editor-in-chief of the journal, Information Processing and Management (Elsevier), and a member of editorial boards of seven international journals. In addition, Jim has served as a Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center with the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Professional Experience



Professional Associations and Awards

Jim has received multiple awards and honors, including an ACM Research Award and six application development awards, along with other writing, publishing, research, and leadership honors.

Education

Ph.D. Computer Science, August 1999 - May 1996
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

M.CS. Computer Science, May 1996 - June 1994
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

M.S. International Relations, August 1994 - June 1992
Troy State University, European Division

B.S. Computer Science, May 1985 - June 1981
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996

Selected Research

Mukherjee, P. and Jansen, B. J. (2017) Information Sharing by Viewers via Second Screens for In Real Life Events. ACM Transactions on the Web.

Clarke, T. and Jansen, B. J. (2017) Conversion potential: A metric for evaluating search engine advertising performance. Journal of Interactive Marketing.

Liu, Z., and Jansen, B. J. (2017) Identifying and predicting the desire to help in social question and answering. Information Processing & Management.

Liu, Z., and  Jansen, B. J. (2016) ASK: A Taxonomy of Information Seeking Posts in Social Question and Answering. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Coughlin, D. and Jansen, B. J. (2016) Modeling Journal Bibliometrics to Predict Downloads and Inform Purchase Decisions at University Research Libraries. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 67(3), 518-534.

Liu, Z., and  Jansen, B. J.(2016) Understanding and Predicting Question Subjectivity in Social Question and Answering. IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems. 3(1), 32-41.

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2019

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“The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” by CMU President Dr. Farnam Jahanian

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Dr. Farnam Jahanian, the President of Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture, “The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” at CMU’s Qatar campus on Sunday, March 24.

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QCRI - MIT CSAIL 2019 Annual Project Review

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to publi Date: March 25, 2019 Time: 10:15AM - 5:15PM Venue: Hamad Bin Khalia Reseach Complex Multipurpose Room To view agenda, please click here . To RSVP to this ...

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"Learning to See" Public talk by Professor Antonio Torralba (MIT-CSAIL)

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Visit by Antonio Torralba, who teaches machines to automate tasks that a human visual system can accomplish, is part of annual spring research update between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL.

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QCRI and iMMAP announce Memorandum of Understanding

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22/01/2019

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