Saud Alashri

Co-principal Investigator

Center of Excellence for Earth and Space Science

Dr. Alashri is assistant professor at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). He is the PI for SMAT (Social Media Analytical Tool) project. He has research interests in a variety of areas including: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Visualization, and Natural Language Processing. In 2016, Dr. Alashri was selected to join Decision Theater Network, USA as a Senior Data Scientist to work with cross-disciplinary scientists on cutting edge research to address local, national and international issues. He led his research team to build solutions to various clients such as DoD, Mayo Clinic, and the government of Arizona. Dr. Alashri holds PhD degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University (ASU), 2018 and Master's degree from the University of Southern California (USC), 2011.


  • Bustikova, L., Siroky, D., Alashri, S., Alzahrani, S., Predicting Partisan Responsiveness: A Probabilistic Text Mining Time-Series Approach, Political Analysis Journal, 2019.
  • Alashri, S., Alzahrani, S., Alhoshan, M., Alkhanen, I., Alghunaim, S., & Alhassoun, M. Lexi-Augmenter: Lexicon-Based Model for Tweets Sentiment Analysis, 22nd IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (IEEE CSE 2019), New York, USA, Aug 2019.
  • Alashri, S., S.,Tsai, J., Koppela, A., Davulcu, H., Snowball: Extracting Causal Chains from Climate Change Text Corpora, IEEE International Conference on Data Intelligence and Security (ICDIS-18), April 2018.
  • Alashri, S., Kandala, S., Bajaj, V., Ravi, R., Smith, K., Desouza, K., An Analysis of Sentiments on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Alashri, S., Alzahrani, S.,Tsai, J., Corman, S., Davulcu, H., “Climate Change” Frames Detection and Categorization Based on Generalized Concepts, International Journal of Semantic Computing, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016) 1–20, DOI: 10.1142/S1793351X16002458
  • Alzahrani, S., Ceran, B., Alashri, S., Ruston, S. W., Corman, S. R., Davulcu, H. Story Forms Detection in Text Through Concept-Based Co-Clustering, In 2016 IEEE International Conferences on Big Data and Cloud Computing (BDCloud), Social Computing and Networking (SocialCom), Sustainable Computing and Communications (SustainCom) (pp. 258-265). IEEE.
  • Alashri, S.,Tsai, J., Alzahrani, S., Corman, S., Davulcu, H., “Climate Change” Frames Detection and Categorization Based on Generalized Concepts, Proceedings of the10th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC-16), Laguna Hills, CA.(Best Paper and invited to the International Journal of Semantic Computing)
  • Alashri, S., Alzahrani, S., Bustikova, L., Siroky, D., Davulcu, H., 2015, What Animates Political Debates? Analyzing Ideological Perspectives in Online Debates between Opposing Parties, Proceedings of the ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom-15), Stanford, CA.
  • Alzahrani, S., Alashri, S., Koppela, A., Davulcu, H., Toroslu, I., 2015, A Network-Based Model for Predicting Hashtag Breakouts in Twitter, Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP15), Washington DC, USA, pp. 3-12.

Brookings Articles :

  • Alashri, S., Pradhan, A., Kandala, S., Desouza, K., (2016, Aug 10). What is the tone of the 2016 presidential campaign on Facebook? Retrieved from: WWW.BROOKINGS.EDU/2016/08/10/WHAT-IS-THE-TONE-OF-THE-2016-PRESIDENTIAL-CAMPAIGN-ON-FACEBOOK/
  • Desouza, K., Alashri, S., Bajaj, V., Kandala, S., (2016, May 19). Which topics do presidential candidates discuss on Facebook? Retrieved from:WWW.BROOKINGS.EDU/2016/05/19/WHICH-TOPICS-DO-PRESIDENTIAL-CANDIDATES-DISCUSS-ON-FACEBOOK/
  • Desouza, K., Kandala, S., Alashri, S., Bajaj, V., (2016, April 13). Tracking presidential campaigns on Facebook, Retrieved from: WWW.BROOKINGS.EDU/2016/04/13/TRACKING-PRESIDENTIAL-CAMPAIGNS-ON-FACEBOOK/