Background and activities

Research interests

My research interests are spatio-temporal statistics and computational statistics, often applied to the Earth sciences. We have a research project on Uncertainty in Reservoir Evaluation ( 

I also work on value of information analysis in this context of spatio-temporal applications. We recently wrote a book on 'Value of Information in the Earth Sciences' (, published by Cambridge University Press. (Runner up publication award by the Decision analysis society at INFORMS, 2017.)

I am associate editor of 'Mathematical geosciences' and 'Statistics and computing'.

PhD students (statistics): Michael Gineste,Jacopo PagliaSusan Anyosa

Connected PhD students (external departments): Trygve FossumVeena VezhapparambuHanne Siri HeglumGunhild Berget

Former PhD students: Erlend Aune (now Amedia), Gabriele Martinelli (now Thomson Reuters), Javad Rezaie (now GE), Marie Lilleborge (now Cancer Registry Norway), Jacob Skauvold (now NR).

I have supervised 30 MSc students.

Study programs

I am currently leading the study program for Physics and Mathematics ( at NTNU and member of the Industrial Mathematics board (

Project and master thesis topics


  • MSc in applied mathematics at the University of Oslo (1997) and PhD at NTNU (2003).
  • Industry experience from the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and Statoil.
  • Visitor Stanford University 2001-02, Duke University and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, North Carolina in 2009-10, and Stanford University in 2014-15. 


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Eidsvik, Jo; Hokstad, Ketil. (2006) Positioning drill-bit and look-ahead events using seismic traveltime data. Geophysics. vol. 71 (4).
  • Eidsvik, Jo; Tjelmeland, Håkon. (2006) On directional Metropolis-Hastings algorithms. Statistics and computing. vol. 16 (1).


  • Eidsvik, Jo; Avseth, P; Omre, Henning; Mukerji, T; Mavko, G. (2004) Stochastic reservoir characterization using prestack seismic data. Geophysics. vol. 69.
  • Eidsvik, Jo; Mukerji, T; Switzer, P. (2004) Estimation of geological attributes from a well log: An application of hidden Markov chains. Mathematical Geology. vol. 36.
  • Tjelmeland, Håkon; Eidsvik, Jo. (2004) On the use of local optimizations within Metropolis-Hastings updates. Journal of The Royal Statistical Society Series B-statistical Methodology. vol. 66.