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  • Name: Pål Sundsøy
  • Email: sundsoy@gmail.com
  • Phone: (0047) 918 45 206
  • Nationality: Norway

Professional Profile

Physicist working as a Senior Data Scientist and researcher in the Big Data Analytics group at Telenor Research. My work is related to understanding financial, mobility and social behavior in large-scale behavioral datasets. Prior to Telenor Group, I was working for the European Space Agency and World Health Organization. Some of my hobbies are photography, guitar, motion graphics, travelling and sports.

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Research projects

Publicatons, conferences, media exposure

25+ research conference talks/papers, 10+ industrial conference talks, 15+ scientific papers. Research cited in e.g. Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, Science News, The Nation. Co-authors & collaborators: MIT Media Lab, Harvard, Northeastern, Flowminder. Scientific commitee member at Netmob, MIT.

Selected publications

Deep Learning Applied to Mobile Phone Data for individual Income classification
2016 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAITA). Co-authored with MIT.

In this work, we show how socio-economic status in large mobile phone datasets can be accurately classified using deep learning, thus avoiding the cumbersome and manual feature engineering process in traditional Data Mining.
Impact of human mobility on the emergence of dengue epidemics in Pakistan.
PNAS (2015) Co-authored with Harvard University.
Press coverage: 30+ newspapers. Harvard Magazine, Bill Gates @ Twitter, Science Daily, Economic Times, Science News line, The Nation, India Today, Dagens Næringsliv, Dagens Medisin, DIGI, NRK Radio, Nasdaq ++
Big Data-Driven Marketing: How Machine Learning outperforms marketers' gut-feeling.
Co-authored with MIT Media Lab.
Press coverage: Gates Foundation, Bostinno
Comparing and visualizing the social spreading of products on a large-scale social network
Press coverage: Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, White House Big Data Report, Science News

Research Conferences
  • Using Mobile Phone Data for Poverty Estimates in Bangladesh
    Invited Speaker - United Nations Big Data for Official Statistics, Abu Dhabi (2015)
    P.Sundsøy
  • Deep Learning Applied to Mobile Phone Data for individual Income classification
    International Conference of Artificial Intelligence, Bangkok, January 2016
    P.Sundsøy
  • Accelerating Internet Growth in Asia using Viral Spreading [infographics]
    NetMob, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2013)
    P.Sundsøy, G. Canright, J. Bjelland,K.Engø-Monsen, A.Iqbal, D.Lazer
  • Predicting Gender from Mobile Phone Metadata
    NetMob, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2015)
    E.Jahani, P.Sundsøy, YA Montjoye, J.Bjelland, A.Pentland
  • Investigating Social Influence through large-scale field experimentation
    NetMob, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2015)
    P.Sundsøy, J.Bjelland, K.Monsen, G.Canright, C.Riedl, R.Ling, A.Iqbal, T.Qureshi, D.Lazer
  • Dynamics of Social and Spatial Segregation using mobile phone data
    NetMob, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2015)
    P.Sundsøy, J.Bjelland, BA Reme
  • Clustering of Smartphone ownership in Development Countries
    NetMob, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2013)
    R.Ling, P.Sundsøy, G. Canright, J. Bjelland, K.Engø-Monsen
  • Apple VS Android: A comparison of Social Effects in Adoption
    WIDS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2012)
    G. Canright, J. Bjelland,Pål Sundsøy, K.Engø-Monsen, R.LIng
  • Comparing and visualizing the social spreading of products on a large-scale social Network [presentation]
    WIDS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US (2011)
    Pål Sundsøy, J. Bjelland, G.Canright, K Monsen, R.Ling
  • A cross country study of gender prediction using mobile phone metadata
    NetSci-X, Brasil (2015)
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Alex Pentland, Asif Iqbal, Eaman Jahani, Yves-Alexandre De Montjoye
  • Smartphone application co-usage: Could we predict your next app?
    NetSci-X, Brasil (2015)
    J.Rana, J.Bjelland, P.Sundsøy, T.Couronne, T.Qureshi, G.Canright
  • Big Data: Rewards and Risks for the Social Sciences
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK (2013)
    Pål Sundsøy, R.Ling
  • Big Data And Social change in Underdeveloped Countries
    Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio, Italy (2014)
  • Big Data-Driven Marketing: How Machine Learning outperforms marketers’ gut-feeling [poster] [infographic]
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, A.Iqbal, Alex Pentland, Yves-Alexandre De Montjoye
    2014 Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction, Washington, USA
  • Testing contagion in small groups via Direct Marketing
    Stern School of Business, New York(2013)
    J.Bjelland,G.Canright,K.Moonsen,A.Iqbal,P.Sundsøy,R.Ling,D.Lazer
  • Social Influence and Complex Contagion
    Workshop on information in Networks, Stern School of Business, New York(2015)
    C.Riedl,J.Bjelland,G.Canright,K.Moonsen,A.Iqbal,P.Sundsøy,R.Ling,D.Lazer
  • Apple VS Android: Signals of success in the Social Network
    ECCS 2013 – International conference on Complex Systems – ‘Quantifying Success satelite session’, World Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain (2013)
    J.Bjelland, P.Sundsøy, G.Canright, K Monsen, R.Ling
  • The activation of social networks in the wake of the Oslo 22 July Bombing
    INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference, Sunbelt XXXII, Redondo, California, US (2012)
    P.Sundsøy, G.Canright, J. Bjelland, K Monsen, R.Ling
  • The size of mobile phone based core social networks in South Asia and Scandinavia
    INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference, Sunbelt XXXII, Redondo, California, US (2012)
    G.Canright, P.Sundsøy, J. Bjelland, K Monsen, R.Ling
  • Product Spreading and Network Structure for an inter firm communication network
    INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference, Sunbelt XXIX, San Diego, US, (2009)
    J. Bjelland, G.Canright, K Monsen, Pål Sundsøy
  • Region Analysis of spreading of STI’s on the Orchid FSW dataset – extension to weighted links
    INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference, Sunbelt XXIX, San Diego, US (2009)
    G.Canright, J. Bjelland, K Monsen, Pål Sundsøy
  • Social Network Monsters in Telecom Call Graphs, INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference
    Sunbelt XXX, Riva Del Garda, Italy (2010)
    Pål Sundsøy, G.Canright, J. Bjelland, K Engø-Monsen, R.Ling
  • Telecom Service Diffusion and Influence in a network of interlocking directorates
    INSNA Social Network Analysis Conference, Sunbelt XXX, Riva del Garda, Italy (2010)
    J. Bjelland, K Engø-Monsen, Pål Sundsøy
  • Product Adoption, Network Structure and Growth in a Large Mobile Phone Network
    ASONAM 2010 – Advances in Social Network Mining and Analysis, Odense, Denmark (2010)
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth Engø-Monsen, Rich Ling
  • Media exposure
  • How Big Cities Can Lead to Small Thoughts
    Wall Street Journal (Mar 2012)
  • Report to President Obama: Big Data and Privacy – a technological perspective
    Executive Office of the President, White House, May 2014
  • How friends influence gadget adoption
    MiT Technology Review (Jun 2011)
  • Wireless companies could use your friends
    MiT Technology Review (Jul 2010)
  • How Big Data can serve development
    Gates Foundation, 2014 (Nirant Gupta, Jake kendall)
  • Cell phone data analysis dials in crime networks
    Science News (Mar 2013)
  • Apple product fever
    Science News (Jun 2011)
  • Big Data Analytics in Telenor Group
    Article in Norwegian Marketing Association (written by Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland)
  • How friends influence gadget adoption
    Times of India (Jun 2011)
  • Bringing together the brightest minds in Big Data
    Telenor Group (may 2013)
  • Big Data – Good for the World, good for Business
    VG Nett, E24 news (may 2013)
  • May 17th in 25 seconds. The technology that visualize our National Day will also save people from flood and Dengue Fever
    Dagens Næringsliv(May 2014)
  • Will Big Data end the Executive Gut Feeling
    Telenor Group (Feb 2013)
  • Big Data – 90% of all data has been generated the two last years
    IT News (Feb 2013)
  • Apple tribe
    Manila Bulletin (June 2011)
  • Was Freunde kaufen, kauft man selbst
    Computer Welt (Jul 2011)
  • Was Freunde kaufen, kauft man selbst
    News.ch (Jul 2011)
  • A Vital New Marketing Metric: The Network Value of a Customer
    Predictive-marketing.com (Sept 2010)
  • Können Social Networks Produkterfolge voraussagen?
    www.medienmilch.de (Jul 2011)
  • Was Freunde kaufen, kauft man selbst
    Wallstreet Online (Jul 2011)
  • How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption
    Science And Technology Updates (Jul 2011)
  • Your companions iPad make you Apple tasty
    Berlingske tidende (Jun 2011)
  • The iPad Chronicles
    Computerworld.com (Jun 2011)
  • Friends Influence
    Futuresnewsnetwork.tv- (Jun 2011)
  • Prinzip der Krankheitskeime
    IT Daily (Jun 2011)
  • Cómo influyen los amigos en la compra de nuevos dispositivos
    Hora10.com (June 2011)
  • Study: wireless companies are making use of your friends
    Saudi Arabic Ministry of communication and information technology (Jun 2010)
  • Telenor’s researchers reveal how iPad spreads!
    Telenor Group (May 2011) They presents the work today for the first time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT), for around 400 experts representing universities and large industry actors. Later this summer, their work will be included in the book “The Influence of Technology on Social Network Analysis and Mining”, published by renowned Springer.
  • Research Team shows that you want what your friends want
    Telenor Group (Aug 2010)
  • Understanding how music spreads
    Telenor Group (Sept 2010)
  • Will Big Data End the Executive Gut-feeling?
    Telenor Group (Feb 2013)
  • The first major study of music streaming
    Ballade.no (Nov 2010)
  • New Musical Experiences
    University of Oslo (Nov 2010)
  • Sky and Stage
    Other press releases from the project
  • Hinode Science Data Centre Europe – Science Archive
    European Space Agency (May 2007)
  • Hinode – Mission to the sun
    NASA (2007)
  • Soldata åpnes for norske forskere
    Norwegian Space Agency (2008)
  • Publications
  • Impact of human mobility on the emergence of dengue epidemics in Pakistan
    A.Wesolowski, T.Qureshi,M.Boni,P.Sundsøy,M.Johannson,S.Rasheed,K.Monsen, C.Buckee
    PNAS (2015) 11887–11892, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1504964112
  • Big Data-Driven Marketing: How Machine Learning outperforms marketers’ gut-feeling [poster] [infographic]
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, A.Iqbal, Alex Pentland, Yves-Alexandre De Montjoye
    Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction, Washington, USA (2014),LNCS Vol. 8393
  • Big data and positive social change in the developing world: white paper
    Bellagio Big Data Workshop Participants 2014, Rockefeller Foundation Centre,Italy
    Oxford:Oxford Internet Institute
  • A handset-centric view of smartphone application use
    J.Rana, J.Bjelland, T.Couronne,P.Sundsøy,D.Wagner,A.Rice
    Elsevier, MobiSPC’14
  • Small circles: Mobile Telephony and the cultivation of the private
    R.Ling, P.Sundsøy ,Scott Campbell, J.Bjelland
    Journal of Intercultural Communication Research,Volume 41, Issue 3, 2012
  • A Social Network Study of Android VS Apple Smartphone battle
    J.Bjelland, R.Ling, P.Sundsøy ,K Engø-Monsen
    IEEE Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, 983-987, 2012
  • The activation of core social networks in the wake of the 22 July Oslo bombing
    Sundsøy P., R.Ling, K Engø-Monsen, J.Bjelland
    IEEE Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining,586-590, 2012
  • The socio-demographics of texting: An analysis of traffic data
    R.Ling,P.Sundsøy, T.Bertel
    New Media & Society, Vol 1 4 Issue 2 March 2012 pp 280-297
  • Product adoption networks and their growth in a large mobile phone network
    Pål Roe Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen, Rich S. Ling
    IEEE Advances in Social Network analysis and Mining, 208-216, 2010
  • Small and Even Smaller Circles: The Size of Mobile Phone-Based Core Social Networks in Scandinavia and South Asia
    R.Ling, Pål Roe Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen
    Volume of Intercultural Communication Research,Volume 41, Issue 3,2012
  • Network effects among firms: survey on literature
    Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen, Pål Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling
    R&I research report, april 2008
  • Handset Diversity in Telenor Norway
    Pål Sundsøy, Pål Sørgaard
    R&I research report, october 2008
  • SNA analysis of Churn and Product Spreading: Malaysia (DIGI), Norway (Telenor) and Denmark (Sonofon)
    Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen, Pål Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling
    R&I research report, december 2008
  • Local PLANTS: defining smaller clusters in the social network.
    Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen, Pål Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling
    R&I research report, december 2008
  • SNA analysis, Montenegro.
    Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright, Kenth-Engø Monsen, Pål Sundsøy
    R&I research report, december 2008
  • Customer network & Analysis – Handset ownership
    Pål Roe Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling, Jon Emil Natvig
    R&I research report, 2008.
  • Using classification trees for predicting mobile handset replacements events
    Pål Roe Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling, Jon Emil Natvig
    R&I research report,2008
  • The mobile handset’s impact on service usage ,
    Pål Roe Sundsøy, Rich S. Ling, Jon Emil Natvig
    R&I research report,2009
  • Quantum computing: linear optics implementations
    Pål Sundsøy, Egil Fjeldberg
    Project thesis, Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology(2003)
  • Depolarization of orthogonal states of polarization in fiber-optic high speed transmission
    Pål Sundsøy
    Diploma thesis, Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2004)
  • Industrial conferences
  • Big Data Science from a telecom perspective
    The Decision Support Day 2015, Oslo, Norway
    P.Sundsøy, J.Bjelland
  • Data Science on large mobile phone datasets
    Santander Digital Week 2015, Oslo, Norway
    P.Sundsøy
  • Data science
    Innovation Day 2015, Affecto, Oslo, Norway
    P.Sundsøy, J.Bjelland
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics(international keynote speaker)
    Big Data Europe, Zurich, Switzerland (2013)
    P.Sundsøy
  • Improving Business With Data Science
    Gurus of Business Intelligence (GOBI 2014), Oslo Spektrum, Norway
    P.Sundsøy
  • Big Data – how far can we go?
    New Media Network, Oslo, Norway (2013)
    P.Sundsøy
  • 13 times better hitrate with Machine Learning
    IT-Tinget, Tønsberg, Norway (2013)
    P.Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland
  • Using Big Enough Data to Give the Customers what they want
    Telenor Group, Oslo, Norway (2013)
    P.Sundsøy, J. Bjelland
  • Big Data in Telecom: Making an impact on people’s lives
    Arrangment with UN Global Pulse, NorthEastern University (200 ppl), Oslo, Norway (2013)
    P.Sundsøy, J. Bjelland
  • Insights and applications of customer data: Focus on Advanced Analytics
    Information Management, Oslo, Norway (2011), Norway
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland
  • Advanced Analytics in Telecom
    Information Management, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012)
    Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland
  • Scientific comitees
  • NetMob 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US
  • NetMob’13 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US
  • Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining (KDD 2014) – Data Mining for Social Good New York, USA
  • IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2014) Shenzhen, China
  • Recommendations
  • Se på bilder Rima Venturin, Research Manager, Telenor Group
  • Se på bilder Dr Stein V. Haugan, Executive Director, Hinode Science Data Centre Europe.
  • Se på bilder Dr Kenji Shibuya, World Health Organization
  • Se på bilder Prof. Hugo ZBinden, Quantum Communication Group, University of Geneva
  • Se på bilder Prof. Johannes Skaar, Fiberoptics Group, Dep.of electronics & Telecom, NTNU
  • Se på bilder Prof. Jon Otto Fossum, Dep.of Physics, NTNU
  • Se på bilder Prof. Dag Hjelme, Fiberoptics Group, Dep.of electronics & telecom, NTNU
  • Se på bilder Prof.emeritus Bjørn Larsen, Dep. of Biotechnology, NTNU
  • Experience

    Telenor Group

    Senior Data Scientist

    2007-
    Working in Big Data Analytics Group at Telenor Group Research towards all business units (Asia, Europe). Collaborating with Data Science teams @ MiT, Harvard, Northeastern
    European Space Agency

    Application Specialist

    2006 - 2007
    Application Specialist in the joint NASA/ESA/JAXA Hinode space mission project. Financed by European Space Agency (ESA) and Norwegian Space Agency. Based at Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway.
    World Health Organization

    Database Developer

    2006
    Database Developer in the unit of Health statistics and evidence. Development of database in relation to vital registration systems, and work related to statistical analysis.
    Biotechnology, NTNU

    Database Developer

    2008 - 2006
    Research assistant/Database Developer in a cooperation project with the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology.
    Physics, NTNU

    Student assistant

    2006 - 2004
    Student assistant in FY2045 Quantum Physics/TFY4250 Atomic and molecular physics.

    Education

    Just My Education

    University of Geneva

    PHD assistant

    2005-2006
    PHD assistant/Quantum Physics under guidance of Prof. Nicolas Gisin. Experimental quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation and quantum memory.
    NTNU, Trondheim

    Msc Physics

    1999 - 2005
    Master (Siv.ing) in Physics and Mathematics. Additional studies within Economics & Organizational Psychology after Msc.
    UNSW, Sydney

    Exch. Student

    2003
    Exchange student, one term. Studies within mathematical modelling and advanced quantum mechanics.
    Bjerkely Country College

    Computer science

    1998-1999
    MLine of study: Computer programming within C++. Directed study within C++.

    Photography

    A SMALL GLIMPSE INTO MY PICTURES

    Please visit 500px to get a better glimpse of my photography portifolio.

    Exhibitions: Burma Open Art Exhibition, Rikshospitalet, Jan-Feb 2016, Norway

    Contact

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    0274 Oslo, Norway
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