Dr. Ingmar Weber | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Ingmar Weber

Dr. Ingmar Weber (PhD)

Research Director
Social Computing
Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Phone+(974) 4454 1442
  • Office locationA157, 1st floor, HBKU Research Complex, B1

Dr Ingmar Weber is the research director of the Social Computing Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). His interdisciplinary research looks at what online user-generated data can tell us about the offline world and society at large. He works with sociologists, political scientists, demographers and medical professionals as well as with UN agencies and NGOs in the Data for Development space. Prior to joining QCRI, Dr Weber was a researcher at Yahoo Research Barcelona. As an undergraduate he studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge before pursuing a PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science. He is an ACM, IEEE and AAAI Senior Member and serves as an ACM Distinguished Speaker.


Research Interests

  • Computational Social Science
  • Data for Development
  • Migration
  • Digital Demography
  • AI for Good
  • Precision Public Health


Research Director

Social Computing; Qatar Computing Research Institute

2017 - 2019
  • Principal Scientist

    Social Computing; Qatar Computing Research Institute

    2016 - 2017
  • Senior Scientist

    Social Computing; Qatar Computing Research Institute

    2012 - 2016
  • Research Scientist

    Web Mining Group; Yahoo Research Barcelona

    2011 - 2012
  • Postdoc

    Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics

    Summer 2002
  • Intern

    Web Mining Group; Yahoo Research Barcelona

    2009 - 2011
  • Postdoc

    Laboratory of Theory and Applications of Algorithms; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

    2007 - 2009
  • Visiting Researcher

    Information Retrieval and Analysis Group; Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Summer 2008
  • PhD Student

    Algorithms and Complexity Group; Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science

    2003 - 2007



Saarland University; Saarbruecken/Germany

  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics

    University of Cambridge; Cambridge/UK

  • Bachelor of Arts

    University of Cambridge; Cambridge/UK


Selected Publications

  • Meysam Alizadeh, Ingmar Weber, Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Santo Fortunato, Michael Macy

    Psychology and Morality of Political Extremists: Evidence from Twitter Language Analysis of Alt-Right and Antifa; EPJ Data Science; 8:17, 2019

  • George Nitzburg, Elad Yom-Tov, Ingmar Weber

    Internet Searches for Medical Symptoms Preceding the Seeking of Twelve-Step Addiction Treatment Information: A Web Search Log Analysis; Journal of Medical Internet Research; vol. 21, no. 5, 2019

  • Masoomali Fatehkia, Dan O’Brien, Ingmar Weber

    Correlated impulses: Using Facebook interests to improve predictions of crime rates in urban areas; PLOS ONE; 14(2), 2019

  • Ingmar Weber, Ridhi Kashyap, Emilio Zagheni

    Using Advertising Audience Estimates to Improve Global Development Statistics; ITU Journal; Volume 1, Issue No 2, 2018

  • Enes Kocabey, Ferda Ofli, Javier Marin, Antonio Torralba, Ingmar Weber

    Using Computer Vision to Study the Effects of BMI on Online Popularity and Weight-Based Homophily; SocInfo: Part II, 2018

  • Antoine Dubois, Emilio Zagheni, Kiran Garimella, Ingmar Weber

    Studying Migrant Assimilation Through Facebook Interests; SocInfo: Part II, 2018

  • Masoomali Fatehkia, Ridhi Kashyap, Ingmar Weber

    Using Facebook Ad Data to Track the Global Digital Gender Gap; World Development; Volume 107, 2018

  • Emilio Zagheni, Ingmar Weber, Krishna Gummadi

    Leveraging Facebooks Advertising Platform to Monitor Stocks of Migrants; Population and Development Review: Vol. 43, Issue 4, 2017

  • Drew Margolin, Aniko Hannak, Ingmar Weber

    Political Fact-Checking on Twitter: When Do Corrections Have an Effect?; Political Communication; vol. 35, issue 2, 2017

  • Amaia Salvador, Nicholas Hynes, Yusuf Aytar, Javier Marin, Ferda Ofli, Ingmar Weber, Antonio Torralba

    Learning Cross-modal Embeddings for Cooking Recipes and Food Images; Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2017

  • Koustuv Saha, Ingmar Weber, Michael L. Birnbaum, Munmun De Choudhury

    Characterizing Population Awareness of Schizophrenia Leveraging Facebook Advertisement Estimates; Journal of Medical Internet Research; vol. 19, iss. 5, 2017

  • Munmun de Choudhury, Mrinal Kumar, Ingmar Weber

    Computational Approaches Toward Integrating Quantified Self Sensing and Social Media; Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 2017