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Samer Al-khateeb, PhD

Assistant Professor

Samer Al-khateeb


Computer Science, Design, Journalism
College of Arts and Sciences
Computer Science & Informatics
HCCA - Hitchcock Center for Communication Art

Samer Al-khateeb, PhD

Assistant Professor

Samer Al-khateeb is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, Design and Journalism, specializes in the quantitative analysis of publicly available social media data related to topics such as deviance in social media, social cyber forensics, social bots, internet trolls, disinformation/misinformation, fake news, and cyber propaganda campaigns. He also has experience with qualitative analysis, such as directed and summative content analysis, e.g., topic modeling, toxicity, sentiments, and correlation analysis. His most recent research examines the relationship between social science theories and computer simulation. He is currently working on a project to model the mob phenomenon by leveraging factors extracted from social science theories and deep learning to create a computer simulation of mobs to better understand the behavior of the mobbers and predict the mob outcome.

Teaching Interests

  • Computer and Information Science

Research Focus

  • Analysis and Modeling of:
    • Deviant Behaviours on Social Media.
    • Cyber Collective Actions.
    • Mobs, Deviant Cyber Flash Mobs (DCFMs).
    • Cyber Propaganda Campaigns.
  • Social Network Analysis (SNA).
  • Social Cyber Forensics (SCF) techniques, methodologies, and tools.
  • Social Computing and Social Media Mining.
  • Social Bots Behaviors, Evolution, and Detection.
  • Content analysis, e.g., toxicity, sentiments, and correlation analysis.
  • Modeling of Human Behavior, e.g., Agent-based Modeling.


Computer Science, Design and Journalism


Assistant Professor