Kjetil Kjernsmo’s Curriculum Vitae

Author URI:
http://www.kjetil.kjernsmo.net/foaf#me
Date of birth:
1973-08-14
Email:
kjetil@kjernsmo.net
Postal address:
Solfjellveien 22
1389 Heggedal
Norway
Telephone:
+47 986 48 234
Homepage:
http://kjetil.kjernsmo.net/
Document ID
http://www.kjetil.kjernsmo.net/cv

Key competences

Trained in physical sciences with practical as well as theoretical experience in informatics through a Ph.D. on Semantic Web technologies, I can adapt to solve a wide variety of problems. I enjoy working with the whole spectrum from deep epistemological problems through the application of statistics, to practical solutions in terms of writing computer programs. My involvement with Web and Semantic Web technologies extends back to 1994 and 1998 respectively.

Work experience

Ph.D. Research Fellow

— present

The main focus of this work is to improve the performance of systems that answer queries over semi-structured data across different data sources across the Internet, in particular through caching. Position also includes some teaching of the SPARQL query language. This work is due to end in 2016, and the period has included two paternity leaves.

Founder and CEO

— present

A one-man company to simplify the administrative processes when an opportunity for short-term consulting presents itself. This is a very small fraction of my work experience.

Developer

Improved and developed the flagship product "Startsiden" using an internal Perl-based framework.

Senior Knowledge Engineer

Worked as developer on several Semantic Web-projects, using Java-based platforms.

Expedition bicyclist and climber

Made a first ascent of the remote mountain of the northern Tibetan Plateau called Toze Kangri, in a completely unsupported expedition. To approach the mountain, we cycled 1250 km, much of it in terrain.

Semantic Web Specialist

Working divided position between developer and standardisation and implementation of Semantic Web technologies.

Information Systems Developer

Worked on various projects, but most importantly the social media Opera Community where an internal Perl framework was used. The site was in this period one of Norway's most used Web sites.

Developer

Attempted to create a semantic content management system using Perl-based frameworks. While ahead of its time, the project was overambitious and unsuccessful but a good experience.

Consultant

Helped make tens of thousands of people look at a tiny dot, namely the planet Venus, pass slowly across the solar disc. This was achieved by media work, sales of gear and large event on Oslo's Frogner Park.

Consultant

Organised events around the solar eclipse of 31st of May 2003. This entailed selling gear, media work and a large event in Oslo's Frogner Park.

Lecturer

Taught in an undergraduate course named "The Universe".

Consultant

Analysed data from the SOHO satelite.

Skills

Operating Systems
Linux
Programming Languages
Perl
R
PHP
Java
C
IDL
Query Languages
SPARQL
SQL
CQL
Development tools and technologies
Apache
Nginx
Varnish
Plack
PostgreSQL
MySQL
Redis
Virtuoso
RDF
HTML
XML
XSLT
CSS
Git
Arduino
E-mail
Qmail
Qpsmtpd
Dovecot
Spamassassin
General technical skills
Linked Data
Representational State Transfer
Query planning
Design of Experiments
Outdoor skills
Orienteering
Mountaineering
Skiing

Education

Ph.D. Informatics

— expected mid 2016

Candidatus Scientiarum in Astronomy

Canditatus Magisterii

For courses in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Informatics. Major subject was Physics.

Scholarly Articles

List of publications are maintained in Current Research Information SysTem In Norway. For other publications and citation overview, see Google Scholar.

Awards, nominations, invitations

World Records

Firewalking: Walked 52 meters (165 feet), on glowing hot coals, average temperature about 330 degrees centigrades, on 2nd of July 1998, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. The record was verified by the US Edition of The Guinness Book of World Records 1999.

Technical and Community Contributions