Persona Team

Researchers

Dr. Jim Jansen
bjansen@hbku.edu.qa


Dr. Jim Jansen is a principal scientist in the social computing group of the Qatar Computing Research Institute, an adjunct professor with the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University, and a professor with the College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He is a graduate of West Point and has a PhD in computer science from Texas A&M University, along with master's degrees from Texas A&M (computer science) and Troy State (international relations).

Dr. Joni Salminen
jsalminen@hbku.edu.qa


Dr. Joni Salminen works as a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute and Turku School of Economics. His current research interests are heavily focused on personas, including automatic persona generation from social media data (YouTube, Facebook, Google Analytics), persona perceptions, biases in data-driven personas, optimal number of personas, etc.

Dr. Shammur Absar Chowdhury
shchowdhury@hbku.edu.qa


Dr Shammur Absar Chowdhury has extensive research and development background in the area of Artificial Intelligence, with over eight years of experience. Her research interest includes signal processing, machine/deep learning, natural language processing/understanding, social media analytics and e-health among others.

She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute. Prior to that she was also a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the CIMeC: Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy.  Dr. Chowdhury received her Ph.D. (2017) degree in Computer Science, with significant contribution in designing computational models for behavioural signal processing, from the University of Trento. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies with dual majors -- B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering (2011) and B.Sc. in Computer Science (2011) from the BRAC University, Bangladesh.

Dr. Chowdhury authored many top-tier international journals and conferences related to Computer Science and Engineering and contributed to many EU funded projects along with other industrial projects. She also serves in the technical committee of many renowned conferences including ACL, NAACL, ICASSP among others and is a member of ACL, ISCA, ACM and IEEE.

 

Software Engineers

MSc. Soon-gyo Jung
sjung@hbku.edu.qa


MSc. Soon-gyo Jung is a software engineer focused on news/data analytics and implementing the related systems in the social computing group at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Doha, Qatar. He is currently strongly interested in computational social science, especially exploring its significant impact on society and how people communicate and share culture. He received the B.E. degree in computer software from the Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea, in 2014, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea, in 2016.

 

Research Collaborators

Lene Nielsen
lene@itu.dk


Dr. Lene Nielsen is an associate professor at the IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark and part of the Department of Business IT. She has researched personas for 20 years and was the first to write a PhD dissertation on personas. She has previously been a consultant and helped private companies and public organizations develop and apply personas in their design process. She holds a PgDip in film screenwriting and bridges the area of systems development with storytelling. Her research areas include Personas, Scenarios, Human Computer Interaction, User Experience and Narratives.

 

Past Research Collaborators

  • Dr. Haewoon Kwak

  • Dr. Jisun An

  • Hoyoun Cho