Department of Mathematical Sciences

– a national centre for teaching and research in mathematics and statistics

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New staff engineer: Hallvard Norheim Bø

Hallvard Norheim Bø. Photo.

Hallvard Norheim Bø is a new member of the Technical group at IMF. He started officially in his new job on May 18th. Below is brief summary of his background and interests.

Hallvard about himself

I come from Randaberg, just outside of Stavanger. After high school, I moved to Trondheim to study physics and mathematics, and joined the NABLA student society. My interest in physics were soon replaced with a passion for computers and software, and after an interim year studying the Latin language and ancient history, I switched over to computer science and software engineering.

18th May 2015

New staff engineer: Hallvard Norheim Bø

Hallvard Norheim Bø. Photo.

Hallvard Norheim Bø is a new member of the Technical group at IMF. He started officially in his new job on May 18th. Below is brief summary of his background and interests.

Hallvard about himself

I come from Randaberg, just outside of Stavanger. After high school, I moved to Trondheim to study physics and mathematics, and joined the NABLA student society. My interest in physics were soon replaced with a passion for computers and software, and after an interim year studying the Latin language and ancient history, I switched over to computer science and software engineering.

During my years at our sister department IDI, I studied artificial intelligence systems, computer hardware, the theory behind programming languages and compiler technology, image analysis, and high performance computing (HPC). My final year there were spent on algorithms for bioinformatics, especially search and classification in genomics.

My academic interests range from algorithms, search heuristics and programming languages to number theory, combinatorics and data encoding/compression. At IMF I will be editing the Department’s web pages, developing web applications, maintaining servers, supporting online teaching tools and giving technical support for the scientific staff.

In the summer, I juggle and play football (every Thursday with the PhD’s), and go running and bicycling. In the winter, I prefer to stay indoors and read, or go skating on ice-covered lakes. Currently, most of my off-work hours are spent entertaining my one-year old daughter Sunniva.

Onsager Fellowship in Statistical Machine Learning

NTNU has announced 12 Onsager Fellowships. One of these, an associate professorship in statistical machine learning, is allocated to our Department.

Apply for the position at JobbNorge

Deadline 25th of May.

13th April 2015

Onsager Fellowship in Statistical Machine Learning

NTNU has announced 12 Onsager Fellowships. One of these, an associate professorship in statistical machine learning, is allocated to our Department.

Apply for the position at JobbNorge

Deadline 25th of May.

   

Thesis Defence: Rikke Ingebrigtsen

Rikke Ingebrigtsen. Photo. Rikke Ingebrigtsen successfully defended her PhD thesis 'Bayesian spatial modelling of non-stationary processes and misaligned data utilising Markov properties for computational efficiency' on the 25th of March. It was carried out at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with professor Ingelin Steinsland as her main supervisor og professor Håvard Rue as co-advisor. This was the first thesis at IMF this year.

 

25th March 2015

Thesis Defence: Rikke Ingebrigtsen

Rikke Ingebrigtsen. Photo. Rikke Ingebrigtsen successfully defended her PhD thesis 'Bayesian spatial modelling of non-stationary processes and misaligned data utilising Markov properties for computational efficiency' on the 25th of March. It was carried out at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with professor Ingelin Steinsland as her main supervisor og professor Håvard Rue as co-advisor. This was the first thesis at IMF this year.

 

Håvard, Rikke and Ingelin. Photo.

The trial lecture took place in Totalrommet, Wednesday 25th of March, on the topic “Spatio-temporal stochastic modelling involving temporal correlation with applications in environmental sciences”.

The thesis committee consisted of the following members:

  • Professor Marian Scott, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Associated Professor Birgir Hrafnkelsson, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Professor Øyvind Bakke, Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU

Rikke's thesis committee. Photo.

New scientific staff: Jo Røislien

Jo Røislien. Photo.

Jo Røislien has just started a four year appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

He received a Master’s degree in industrial mathematics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU, and a PhD degree in geostatistics from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU in 2004.

Since then he has held a number of positions, including a position as a researcher and statistical advisor at Rikshospitalet, and a researcher at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo. He has also collaborated with a number of medical research centers in Norway, and currently has a 50% position as an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger.

9th March 2015

New scientific staff: Jo Røislien

Jo Røislien. Photo.

Jo Røislien has just started a four year appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

He received a Master’s degree in industrial mathematics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU, and a PhD degree in geostatistics from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU in 2004.

Since then he has held a number of positions, including a position as a researcher and statistical advisor at Rikshospitalet, and a researcher at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo. He has also collaborated with a number of medical research centers in Norway, and currently has a 50% position as an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger.

Jo is perhaps best known in Norway for his work as a great science communicator. In 2011 he was the program director for the successful TV-series "Siffer" (Digits) shown on NRK. He was also the first Norwegian program director at Discovery Channel.

He has written a number of chronicles and texts about mathematics, and frequently appears on radio and TV, and has also given many talks on communication of complex topics and on science communication.

We believe the importance of mathematics in science and in the society at large remains under-communicated. Jo will be involved in various effort to popularize and promote mathematics to a broader public, with reach outside the academic and mathematical community. The purpose is to convey the usefulness of mathematics as the language of science and as an essential tool to society.

Jo lives in Oslo together with his wife and two children.

 

New guest researcher: Xiangyu Zhou

Professor Xiangyu Zhou. Photo.

Professor Xiangyu Zhou is the 2014 Lars Onsager Professor at NTNU and will be a guest at IMF for three months starting today. For more information, please contact John-Erik Fornæss or Helge Holden.

He is a Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Mathematics, in Beijing since 1998. He obtained his PhD there in 1990. He also is Doctor of Science from the Steklov Institute in Moscow, 1998. Zhou was vice president of the Chinese Mathematical Society 2008–2011. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Science in 2013.

His research is in Several Complex Variables and Complex Geometry. His recent paper joint with Qi’an Guan was published online in Annals of Mathematics 2014.

6th February 2015

New guest researcher: Xiangyu Zhou

Professor Xiangyu Zhou. Photo.

Professor Xiangyu Zhou is the 2014 Lars Onsager Professor at NTNU and will be a guest at IMF for three months starting today. For more information, please contact John-Erik Fornæss or Helge Holden.

He is a Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Mathematics, in Beijing since 1998. He obtained his PhD there in 1990. He also is Doctor of Science from the Steklov Institute in Moscow, 1998. Zhou was vice president of the Chinese Mathematical Society 2008–2011. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Science in 2013.

His research is in Several Complex Variables and Complex Geometry. His recent paper joint with Qi’an Guan was published online in Annals of Mathematics 2014.

   

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