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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Can AI Put An End To Fake News? Don't Be So Sure


Fake news was the Collin’s word of the year for 2017 with good reason. In a year where politics-as-usual was torn apart at the seams, high-profile scandals rocked our faith in humanity and the ...

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MIT/QCRI system uses machine learning to build road maps


Map apps may have changed our world, but they still haven’t mapped all of it yet. Specifically, mapping roads can be difficult and tedious: even after taking aerial images, companies still have to ...

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Improving disaster response efforts through data


Extreme weather events put the most vulnerable communities at high risk. How can data analytics strengthen early warning systems and and support relief efforts for communities in need? The size and ...

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Upcoming Events


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(MLDAS 2019) Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium

Download ICS File 01/04/2019  - 02/04/2019 ,

Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium - MLDAS 2019 Building on the success of the three previous events , Boeing and QCRI will hold the fifth Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (...

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Past Events


"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 - 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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QCRI and iMMAP announce Memorandum of Understanding


Pact aims to apply data analysis and artificial intelligence techniques to solve humanitarian problems.

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UNDP partners with QCRI to use AI for social good


Qatar forum on leveraging AI to solve humanitarian problems fills to capacity.

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Renowned computing expert C. Mohan to bust blockchain myths in Qatar talk


Well-known inventor of database recovery algorithms to deliver keynote at QCRI's first blockchain workshop.

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