Barbara Poblete

barbara poblete
(Photo credit Rodrigo Cisterna Rev. Paula)

I'm a Computer Scientist working in the fields of Data Science and AI to understand human behavior and create useful tools. I have many years of experience in the areas Online Social Networks Analysis, Web Mining and Information Retrieval.

I'm an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department (DCC) of the University of Chile, Researcher at the Millenium Institute Foundational Research on Data (IMFD), co-PI at CENIA and a Visiting Academic at Amazon.

Formerly, I was a researcher at Yahoo! Labs.

Contact: bpoblete[@]


  • Test of Time Award at The Web Conference 2021! With colleagues Carlos Castillo and Marcelo Mendoza we were awarded the IW3C2 Seoul ToT Award for our 2011 paper “Information credibility on Twitter” (read the press release)

  • Appointed as Visiting Academic at Amazon, in the Alexa Shopping research team (read the blogpost) (04/2021)

  • PC Co-Chair for SIGIR 2023 and Track Co-Chair for The Web Conference 2021

  • Our research on the topic of "information credibility in social networks" (2010-2013), was the first on misinformation in social media (+3000 citations), and has appeared in SciAM, WSJ, Slate, The Huffington Post, BBC News and NPR

  • Google Latin America Research Award (PI) 2019

  • Social Media and Democracy Research Grants (co-investigator) from SSRR to study the effects of social media on elections (2019)

  • Co-founder of ChileWiC an ACM Celebration for Women in Computing Chapter in Chile


  • Co-PI at CENIA where I co-lead the research line on Fairness in AI

  • (Past) Co-Director of the Project for Development of Robust Information Structures at IMFD, which studies fake-news, hate speech among other information disorders

  • (Past) Director of the Project for Mining Real-World Crisis Events from Social Media Data at the DCC, which leverages the use of online social networks for disaster emergency response.



Selected Publications

This is a list of selected publications, for a full list visit my Google Scholar Profile or DBLP page.

Recent Webinars and Interviews

(English) Mining social networks to learn about rumors, hate speech, bias and polarization

WiDS Regensburg

Participación en el Late de Datos e IA

El Periodista

Webinar Transparencia de Datos del COVID19

Consejo de la Transparencia

Webinar Datos del Covid19

Apps created by my research group