Dr. Ingmar Weber

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Principal Scientist
Social Computing
+(974) 4454 1442
I’m very excited to be in Doha and to be part of QCRI and to have a chance to contribute to its exciting and ambitious mission.

Research Focus at QCRI

Ingmar Weber works in the emerging area of Computational Social Science. In his interdisciplinary research, Ingmar addresses research problems of societal relevance by using large amounts of online data to study human behavior at scale. He works with medical professionals, demographic researchers and sociologists on a wide range of topics. His particular interests include (i) using social media for monitoring public health, (ii) developing digital methods for studying international migration, and (iii) understanding the dynamics behind online polarization.

Previous Experience

Ingmar joined QCRI in November 2012, and has since been a key person in building up the Social Computing group. Prior to joining QCRI, he spent three years at Yahoo Research in Barcelona (2009-2012), working on large-scale web mining projects, including work on the interplay between demographic attributes and web search behavior, and work on studying international migration using global email communication information. Earlier he spent two years as a postdoc at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2007-2009) and two months as a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge (summer 2008).

During his scientific career, Ingmar has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from efficient data structures for search engines during his PhD, to algorithms for pricing web search-sponsored search auctions during his time as a postdoc, to current work on large-scale studies on human behavior.

His work is not only highly regarded scientifically, e.g. winning the best paper award at the 2016 AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media but is also frequently featured by mainstream media such as the Washington Post and Forbes, as well as political science magazines such as Foreign Policy.

Professional Experience

  • Yahoo! Research Barcelona, research scientist, 2011-2012
  • Yahoo! Research Barcelona, postdoc, 2009-2011
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, postdoc, 2007-2009
  • Microsoft Research Cambridge, visiting researcher, summer 2008
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, intern, summer 2002
  • Cryptovision GmbH, intern, summer, 2001
  • TrustCenter AG, intern, summer 2000

Professional Associations and Awards

Ingmar is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and his research was awarded with the best paper award at ICWSM’16 and best poster awards at both WWW’10 and WWW’09. In 2015, together with collaborators, he was among the winners of the Challenge 22 Competition

He has been serving as PC member for many top-tier conferences related to data mining and web search for several years. As of 2017, he is serving on the program committee for the Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), the Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), the Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR), the Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), the Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), and the Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), as well as many others. Additionally, he served as a PC Co-Chair for the 2014 International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo), and as Workshop Co-Chair for both the 2015 Web Science Conference (WebSci) and for the 2015 Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM).


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science (summa cum laude), Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany, 2007
  • M.A. in Mathematics (distinction), Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 2003
  • B.A. in Mathematics (first class), Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 2002

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