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Ingmar Weber is a German computer scientist known for his research on Computational Social Science in which he uses online data to study population behavior. He is the Research Director for Social Computing[1] at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. He serves as editor-in-chief for the International Conference on Web and Social Media.[2][3] Weber is also an ACM Distinguished Speaker.[4] Weber's research has been widely covered in the media.[5][6][7][8][9]

Ingmar Weber
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Weber speaking at the ITU AI for Good Global Summit 2018
Born (1978-09-14) 14 September 1978 (age 41)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge, Saarland University
ThesisEfficient index structures for and applications of the CompleteSearch engine (2007)
Doctoral advisorHannah Bast
Academic work
Main interestsComputational social science


Weber currently works with international agencies on developing new methodologies for monitoring international migration and digital gender gaps.


While at Yahoo Research, Weber pioneered the use of geo-located email login data to study migration and mobility patterns.[10][11] He has since also analyzed data from Twitter and Google Plus for similar studies.[12][13]

He now works with experts at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and International Organization for Migration to use Facebook's advertising audience estimates to obtain timely insights into migration flows.[14][15]

Digital Gender GapsEdit

He works with the United Nations Foundation's Data2X initiative to study digital gender gaps, in particular internet access gender gaps.[16][17] With support by the Data2X initiative he helped create a website for real-time monitoring of different types of digital gender gaps.[18]


  1. ^ "Qatar Computing Research Institute: Our People". QCRI.
  2. ^ "International Conference on Web and Social Media: Editorial Team". ICWSM. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "International Conference on Web and Social Media: Organization". ICWSM. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Association for Computing Machinery: Distinguished Speakers". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ "How Twitter Explains Egypt's Bloody Politics". Foreign Policy. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ "What people say before a break-up vs. what they say after". The Washington Post. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Quiz: Can we guess your age and income, based solely on the apps on your phone?". The Washington Post. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Atheists Tweet More Often Than Muslims, Jews And Christians: Study". HuffPost. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Black Lives Matter: The social media behind a movement". Al Jazeera Media Network. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  10. ^ You are where you e-mail: using e-mail data to estimate international migration rates. ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012. ISBN 978-1-4503-1228-8. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  11. ^ Studying inter-national mobility through IP geolocation. ACM New York, NY, USA ©2013. ISBN 978-1-4503-1869-3. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  12. ^ Using Twitter Data to Estimate the Relationships between Short-term Mobility and Long-term Migration. ACM New York, NY, USA ©2017. ISBN 978-1-4503-4896-6. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  13. ^ From migration corridors to clusters: The value of Google+ data for migration studies. IEEE. ISBN 978-1-5090-2846-7. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  14. ^ Publications Office of the European Union. Migration Data using Social Media: a European Perspective. 2018. pp. 978-92-79-87989-0. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  15. ^ Leveraging Facebook's Advertising Platform to Monitor Stocks of Migrants. Wiley Periodicals. 14 December 2017.
  16. ^ The Digital Traces of the Gender Digital Divide. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Using Facebook ad data to track the global digital gender gap". doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.03.007. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  18. ^ "Digital Gender Gaps: Team". Digital Gender Gaps Project. Retrieved 14 November 2018.