Much of my work experience comes from personal interest in various fields.
I have acquired much knowledge alone, and am autodidact in many areas as
well as those in which I have formal training.
Have followed the development of Semantic Web-technology since
1998. Have been involved in the following standardization processes
in the World Wide Web Consortium:
Have also given comment to the development of the Simple Knowledge Organization
Member Submissions to the W3C
These are early specifications that form the basis for further standardisation that is sent by the members of the World Wide Web
Have written web pages with HTML since 1994 and CSS since 1997. Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines are also important guidelines for my work.
- 2010-10-01 --
- Ph.D. Research Fellow at Department of Informatics, University of Oslo.
- 2010-01-19 -- 2010-09-30
- Developer at ABC Startsiden where I worked with
modern Perl-based frameworks.
- 2007-08-01 -- 2010-01-31
- Senior Knowledge Engineer at Computas AS, where I worked 100%
with Semantic Web-technologies implemented on a Java-platform.
- 2006-12-01 -- 2007-06-29
- Semantic Web Specialist for Opera Software. The position
with Opera Software was divided 50/50, where half the
position is "semantic
web"-projects and standardisation.
- 2005-05-02 -- 2007-06-29
- Information Systems Developer for Opera Software. Have
participated in larger and smaller projects, first and
foremost built applications on mod_perl2 and MySQL.
- 2002-05 -- 2005-05
- Creating the web publishing framework for
www.skepsis.no. This is a site I maintained on a
voluntary basis since 1996. I have also had it as full-time employment
in this period, working as a freelancer.
- 2004-04 -- 2004-06
- Participation in the organisation of the events around the
Transit of Venus
2004. Work tasks were similar to the solar eclipse, below.
- 2003-03 -- 2003-07
- Participation in the organisation of the events around the
2003. Mainly, I created support systems and managed the
distribution of 20 000 solar eclipse shades. This included
creating a system to use so-called OCR data from Norwegian
- 2003-02-28 -- 2003-05-21
- Teaching course
AST2110 - The Universe at the Institute of Theoretical
Astrophysics, University of Oslo.
- Minor Engagements
- April 2005: Consultant for the Norwegian translation of "On the
Shoulders of Giants", edited by Stephen Hawking.
- June 1999: Analyse SOHO data using IDL.
- January 1997: Web-design for Ribovo Systemøkonomi.
- December 1992: Teaching 7.-9. grade
children on different schools.
- 1991: Assistant instructor in a computer course for
Free Software systems are preferred,
that is, software which can be examined and understood to the core
without any restrictions.
Have mainly developed on the Perl-platform, but also used Java in
commercial projects projects. Focus has been on Jena, Tomcat, Cocoon and Maven and the
databaser-server Virtuoso has also been
Maintain an Internet server for personal purposes, known as
pooh.kjernsmo.net running Debian GNU/Linux. Important subsystems include:
Have built, set up and maintain several desktop work stations, that
are also running Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu Linux, with a recent
version of KDE, OpenOffice and Emacs for editing. I
tend to write documents in raw HTML or LaTeX.
I'm capable of using and superficially configure Microsoft
products, but it is not a preferred way of working.
Most recent code can be found on Github.
modules, where the most active projects are related to RDF. Some
of them are also packaged in Debian.
Authored scattered pieces of code in different software
systems, and I have been acknowledge as a contributor to R.
Written two small PHP applications:
a small webshop and a web frontend for Gamma Ray Burst Alert system.
- Awarded the degree of Canditatus Scientiarum (officially
equivalent to Master's of Science) for the thesis titled
Microlensing of Quasar Clouds : Detectability in a Worst-Case
Scenario by the Institute of Theoretical
Astrophysics at the University of
- Awarded Canditatus Magisterii (B.Sc. equivalent),
courses in Astronomy, Physics,
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Major subject was Physics.
Ph.D. studies, 2010-2015
- Advanced database systems.
- Seminar on Intelligent data.
- Science, ethics and society.
- Semantic mobile content delivery.
Graduate Studies, 1998-2001
- Statistical theory and applications for non-statisticians.
- Cosmology; Homogenous and isotropic models of the
Undergraduate Studies, 1992, 1994-1998
- Astronomy and astrophysics
- Cosmology, plasmas and shocked gas, radiative processes,
fundamental astrophysics, fundamental astronomy.
- Mathematical methods in physics, classical theoretical physics,
fundamental statistical physics, fundamental quantum mechanics,
classical electrodynamics, classical mechanics, introduction to
experimental physics, laboratory course in general physics.
- Digital signal processing and image analysis, programming for
numerical problem-solving, scientific programming laboratory
exercises, concepts of Object Oriented Programming.
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Differential equations and computer-assisted solutions,
calculus, fundamental linear algebra, basic statistical
- Examen Philosophicum
Lectures and Publications
List of publications are maintained in Current Research Information SysTem In Norway.
For other publications and citation overview, see Google Scholar.
- Introduction to the Semantic Web. Norwegian Unix User Group (NUUG) member meeting; 2011-01-11
- A demonstration of firewalking with a small talk has become a
regular part of Oslo's annual Astro Festival 2001-2011.
- International Conference for Physics Students, Dublin, August
2001: "Gravitational Microlensing of Quasar Clouds".
Conference for Physics Students, Helsinki, August 1999:
"X-Ray Observations of Microlensing Events"
- Norwegian Physical Society Conference,
June 1999: "Anti-gravitasjon og aksellererende univers.
Revolusjon i kosmologien?" ("Anti-gravitiation and
Accellerating Universes. Revolution in Cosmology?").
(Physics Students' Society), 1999: "Gamma Ray Bursts"
- Biørnegildet (Science
Students' Festival), 5. February 1998: "Firewalking"
- International Conference for Physics Students, Vienna 1997:
Preliminary Empirical Study of Firewalking".
"Refleksjoner over myter og fysiske
bilder i astronomi og fysikk fra Thales til i dag"
("Reflections on Myths and Physical Images in Astronomy and Physics
from Thales till today")
- International Conference for Physics Students, Szeged, Hungary
1996: "Some Popular Myths about the History of
- 1998-09 -- 2000
- Vice President, Astrophysics Students' Panel (elected official
for astrophysics students at the Institute of Theoretical
- 1997-03 -- 1998-09-01
- President, Norwegian Association
of Physics Students.
- 1996-03 -- 2001-09
- Board of Directors, Norwegian
Association of Physics Students.
- 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001
- Norwegian Delegate or Assistant Delegate to the General Meeting
of the International Association of
- 1995 -- 1996
- President and Secretary (first semester) of the Physics
Students Panel. As elected representative for the students, I also
took part in various committees at the Physics Department, including the
Council, Committee for Studies and Teaching and Committee for
Computer Resources, as well as founding and editing the Panel's
Worked 3 times with the Nordic Optical
Telescope. First as assistant for Dr. Andreas
Jaunsen, and the two other times as primary observing astronomer in the
Around-the-clock Collaboration. These times, my
team was awarded 10 and 4 nights respectively.
Research assistant for Dr. Dagrun Vikhamar on several field
excursions in the field of remote sensing.
Among my many interests is a long-standing participation in the sports
of orienteering, ski-orienteering and cross-country skiing.
Additionally, I have for many years enjoyed mountaineering, in various
forms, at all times of the year. Most activities have in common that
they require an enhanced situational awareness, management of
potentially fatal risks and comprehension of abstract terrain models
under time pressure and extreme physical and mental fatigue.
- Course in methodology for glacier instructors and instructor
- Navigation in avalanche-hazardous terrain, organized by the
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
and lead by Krister Kristensen.
- Fundamental Glacier Travel and Rescue, organized by Breoppleving.
- Fundamental Alpine Climbing, organized by Breoppleving and Olden Aktiv.
- 2001 -- 2008
- University of Oslo students
and alumni sports club, Mapping Committee.
- 1989 -- 1992
- Media Committee and main Media Contact for Lillomarka Orienteringslag.
Toze Kangri, Tibet, approx. 6370 meters above sea level, 2007-10-06.
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.
Other courses and certification
Certified to drive cars up to 3.5 tons.
Defense: Received a three-week intensive course in
fire-fighting, search and rescue operations and first aid, as the
fundamental training given to personell. Have since then been called out twice to fight forest fires.
Performed ordinary military service in the Norwegian Royal Guard
in 1993 in the communications troop. Was awarded the trophy for the
"Best Athlete of the Year".
Became since then a conscientious objector and served two months in 2002
as web developer for the Norwegian Association for the
Blind and Partially Sighted.