Dr.  Jim Jansen Digital Library

Based in Doha, Qatar
Jim Jansen


Dr. Jansen is a Principal Scientist in the Social Computing Group of the Qatar Computing Research Institute, leading a research team working on the automatic generation of personas (see https://persona.qcri.org/). He is also a Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and an Adjunct Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).  He has served as a Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center with the Pew Internet and American Life Project and a university expert with the National Ground Intelligence Center. 

He is a graduate of West Point and has a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University, along with master degrees from Texas A&M (computer science) and Troy State (international relations). Professor Jansen is editor-in-chief of the journal, Information Processing & Management (Elsevier), a member of the editorial boards of seven international journals, and former editor-in-chief of the journal, Internet Research (Emerald).

He has received several awards and honors, including an ACM Research Award, six application development awards, and a university-level teaching award, along with other writing, publishing, research, teaching, and leadership honors.

Dr. Jansen has authored or co-authored 350 or so research publications, with articles appearing in a multi-disciplinary range of journals and conferences. He is the author of the book, Understanding Sponsored Search: A Coverage of the Core Elements of Keyword Advertising (Cambridge University Press).

He has done several consulting projects (log analysis, statistical analysis) and expert witness cases (patent litigation, civil litigation, and class action suits). Dr. Jansen has been a member of ACM for his entire professional career.

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  • The Perilous Journey of Journal Publishing
    Publishing a research article is a journey! We will discuss challenges and advice on preparing, submitting, and revising research manuscripts to increase the probability of acceptance at a...
  • Understanding Real Users Using Imaginary People
    Personas are imaginary people that represent real users. Creating personas by processing complex online behavioral and demographic data is an on-going research and commercialization project. Using...

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