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Learn about the scientists at Telenor, their jobs and how they arrived at their positions.

Hi, I’m Kenth Engø-Monsen, 46, from Norway. I work in analytics and AI figuring out patterns and insight from data for solving problems relevant to us, others and societies.

Coolest thing about your job?
I have to pinch myself sometimes because I work with great people from top universities on really life-saving problems such as life and death epidemics.

Must be a geek to work within your area?
To me this boils down to passion. If being passionate is geeky, then yeah, a dose of geekiness is good!

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Data saves lives! Use it wisely!

Hi, I’m Winn Voravuthikunchai, 35, from Thailand. I work to enable machines to analyse huge amount of data.

Advice for your 18-year old self?

(1) Try to study/work on stuff you are passionate about (2) Think outside the box (3) Failure is a must to succeed, don’t give up, keep trying.

Coolest thing about your job?

Using my time to learn new things, while letting the machines, which I have created, do the boring stuff.

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Get insights beyond 3D

Hi, I’m Astrid Undheim, 36, from Norway. I work on heading-up the Analytics and AI group in Telenor Research.

What’s your background?

PhD in Computer Science/telecommunication

Must be a geek to work within your area?

It helps. You need to appreciate analytical thinking and match it with an understanding of business implications.

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Knowledge for a better society

Hi, I’m Hans de Wit, 46, from Netherlands. I work on getting value out of data, using predictive modelling, recommendation systems, next best action, forecasting, A/B testing and ad-hoc analytics.

Coolest thing about your job?

Finding a pattern in the data that I did not expect to be there! This results in being able to surprise our customers with stunning recommendations.

Must be a geek to work within your area?

More as a NERD. You need to have knowledge in business, maths, statistics, programming and storytelling.

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Data Science is Analytics is Knowledge is Power

Hi, I’m Arjun Chandra, 36, from India. I work on prototyping machine learning and AI powered solutions for problems.

Advice for your 18-year self?

(1) Volunteer to help for a social cause (2) Learn another language (3) Make more mistakes.

Must be a geek to work within your area?

You do not necessarily need a PhD, but you have to immerse yourself in this field in order for advancement.

Your customised T-shirt would say?

Nothing (Rather impact of my work to be felt by people, without having to show- it- off on a t-shirt)

Hi, I’m Bjørn Remseth, 52, from Norway. I work in general on understanding people, processes and technologies.

Coolest thing about your job?

Treating a telco network as just another piece of software- to be explored, debugged, upgraded, fixed, developed and managed much like anything else.

Favourite technical aspect about your job?

Humongous complexity of a telco network can be managed using something other than magic or century old traditions.

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If I can understand it, so can you (just ask :-) )

Hi, I’m Taimur Qureshi, 36, from Pakistan. I work in data science analysing huge amounts of complex data, creating predictive models and finding interesting patterns and business value from it.

What’s your background?

A computer scientist by training and have a PhD in Data Science from the University of Lyon, France.

Coolest thing about your job?

To be part of a future where data science and AI have a big role. It will radically transform the economy and the way we perceive and interact with the world.

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Making interactions smarter and simpler

Hi, I’m Hai Thanh Nguyen, 35, from Vietnam. I work on AI and machine learning for Cyber Security and Fraud Detection.

Advice for your 18-year self?

(1) Learn more mathematics (2) Learn more coding/programing (3) Read more books.

What’s your background?

Applied mathematics, specializing in AI and machine learning for Information Security.

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AI to hunt hackers

Hi, I’m Sergey Zyrianov, 41, from Norway. I work on enabling software telco in the cloud.

Coolest thing about your job?

Opportunities to create and to feel artistic about the software that I write.

Favourite technical aspect about your job?

Being able to work on the set of skills that can be applied to many problems in the real world.

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Rent a telco

Hi, I’m Cyril Banino-Rokkones, 39, from France. I work on machine learning- building statistical models from large amounts of historical data that capture patterns and regularities within the data.

Advice for your 18-year self?

(1) Stay curious and have fun (2) Find a family and have kids (3) Not too early nor too late

Must be a geek to work within your area?

No, you need to know a bit of maths, a bit of computer science and maybe most importantly you need to be creative.

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I improve people’s lives

Hi, I’m Arturo Opsetmoen Amador, 34, from Mexico. I work with mobility analytics, providing relevant insights on human mobility patterns.

Coolest thing about your job?

Having the chance to help develop a service unique in Norway through bringing unique insights out of our telco signaling data to our B2B customers.

What’s your background?

I’m from Veracruz and trained within mathematical physics with a PhD from NTNU. My line of work has had one common theme: diverse problems can be modeled and better understood using the power of mathematics.

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Human mobility patterns: if you can measure it, you can improve it…

Hi, I’m Axel Tidemann, 36, from Norway. I work on research within AI and machine learning focusing on understanding images, text and sequences.

What’s your background?

I received a PhD in AI in 2009 and have been working with machine learning in industrial settings since.

Coolest thing about your job?

Working with cutting-edge machine learning methods on Telenor datasets.

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AI: Automation on steroids

Hi, I’m Binod Bhattarai, 31, from Nepal. I work on diving into data to find useful insights about our customers and develop predictive and segmentation models to improve their digital experiences.

What’s your background?

I am a PhD graduate in computer science specialised in machine learning and deep learning in an application with human face image analysis and natural language processing.

Must be a geek to work within your area?

Not necessarily, the most important qualities needed are a right mindset and attitude, and a keen interest and drive in data science.

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I have a third eye and I call it “Data Science”

Hi, I’m Geoffrey Canright, 67, from America. I work on digging into data and pulling out insight – especially about our customers on their behaviour and preferences.

Favourite technical aspect about your job?

Magical process which begins with masses of ugly data, then the emergence of some pictures which tell a story, and best case scenario enlightenment with an “aha” experience. You have then learned something new and potentially valuable!

What’s your background?

I have degrees in psychology, electrical engineering and physics. After these, I have worked heavily in “network science”. Clearly, I like multidisciplinary thinking!

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Understanding = Empowering

Hi, I’m Johannes Bjelland, 38, from Norway. I work on finding new ways to extract insight and value from big data.

Coolest thing about your job?

Many nationalities and international projects; Working with the best in the field; Lots of data to analyse (people, communication, behavior) and Measurable impact on business.

Favourite technical aspect about your job?

Technology development is very fast in the field of data science – new software and algorithms give new possibilities!

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Big Data is gold

Hi, I’m Massimiliano Ruocco, 39, from Italy. I work on advanced machine learning for Recommender Systems and Natural Language Processing.

Advice for your 18-year self?

(1) Read about everything (2) Travel and be open (3) Listen before answering

What’s your background?

PhD in Computer Science, with a double major in Machine Learning for Information Retrieval and Data Mining, and a minor on Geo-Temporal Statistics.

Your customised T-shirt would say?

Power to the data!