Dr. Haewoon Kwak

Senior Scientist
Social Computing
"QCRI is a young, innovative research lab. I meet great colleagues here."

Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Haewoon Kwak is a senior scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU with a background in computer science, and has studied online social networks for many years. He is a chair of social networks and graphs analysis track in WWW 2016. He is a lead author of “What is Twitter, a social network or news media?” (WWW 2010), which has been cited more than 4,500 times. Similarly to his Twitter paper, he is always exploring new areas, such as his work on YouTube and other online social networks. At QCRI, Haewoon focuses on computational journalism, with special emphasis on the bias of news media. 

His interests include new media, online games, computational social science and deep learning.

Previous Experience

April 2014 – present
Social Computing; Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), HBKU

June 2012 – April 2014
Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain

September 2007 – December 2007
Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain

August 2011 – October 2011
Research Assistant
KAIST, Daejeon, Korea

January 2003 – April 2005
Software Developer (Military service)
Initech, Korea

Professional Experience

Professional Associations and Awards

  •  Chair of online social networks and graph analysis track at World Wide Web 2016 conference


  • Ph.D. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) August 2011
  • M.S. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) August 2007
  • B.S. Computer Science, KAIST (South Korea) February 2006

Selected Research

Ah Reum Kang, Jeremy Blackburn, Haewoon Kwak, and Huy Kang Kim
I Would Not Plant Apple Trees If the World Will Be Wiped, 2017

Analyzing Hundreds of Millions of Behavioral Records of Players During an MMORPG Beta Test
The 26th International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference Alternative track, 2017

Kunwoo Park, Meeyoung Cha, Haewoon Kwak, and Kuan-Ta Chen; Achievement and Friends
Key Factors of Player Retention Vary Across Player Levels in Online Multiplayer Games; The 26th International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference Alternative track, 2017

H. Kwak, J. Blackburn, and S. Han; Exploring Cyberbullying and Other Toxic Behavior in Team Competition Online Games
In the 33rd annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI), 2015

J. Blackburn, and H. Kwak
STFU NOOB!: Predicting Crowdsourced Decisions On Toxic Behavior In Online Games; In the 23rd International Conference On World Wide Web (WWW), 2014
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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

Past Events


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QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

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Public Talk by Prof. Regina Barzilay "Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text"

Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text A talk by Professor Regina Barzilay, MIT CSAIL Winner of 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ At Education City Student ...

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

Executive Overview Sessions Open to public Date:    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:    9:00AM – 3:00PM Venue:  HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room To view full agenda, please click here . To RSVP, ...

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News Releases

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QCRI to offer kids’ computing activities at this year’s Darb Al Saai


Tech fun and robotics computing activities will be available to children attending the annual family celebration from December 12 to 20.

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Global experts in artificial intelligence for transportation to visit Qatar for TASMU-QCAI workshop


Urban computing experts from Europe, the US and Qatar are to discuss state-of-the-art advances in artificial intelligence for transportation with local stakeholders.

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QCAI to Conduct Joint Machine Learning School with BigML


Two-day crash course to provide hands-on introduction to machine learning for industry practitioners, developers, graduate students and undergraduates.

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