Barbara Poblete

barbara poblete
(Photo credit Rodrigo Cisterna Rev. Paula)

I'm a Computer Scientist researching how to use Data and AI (in particular machine learning) to understand human behavior and create useful tools for society. Over time, I have become a Data Scientist with many years of experience in the areas Online Social Networks Analysis, Web Mining and Information Retrieval.

Currently, I'm an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department (DCC) of the University of Chile, and a Researcher at the Millenium Institute Foundational Research on Data (IMFD).

Formerly, I was a researcher at Yahoo! Labs.

I have a PhD in Informatics and Digital Communications from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact: bpoblete[@]


  • Her 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.

  • She received a Google Latin America Research Award (PI) and two "Social Media and Democracy Research Grants" (co-investigator) from SSRR to study the effects of social media on elections.

  • She is co-founder of ChileWiC an ACM Celebration for Women in Computing Chapter in Chile


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

  • 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

Cátedra Introducción al Manejo de Datos

U. La Serena

Webinar Transparencia de Datos del COVID19

Análisis de datos del Covid19 en Chile

Webinar Datos del Covid19

Apps created by my research group