Summary

I am passionate about using insights from the behavioural neurosciences to design digital technology that is sensitive to human limitations and biases, particularly in relation to attention and self-regulation.

I have a highly interdisciplinary background and try to integrate best practices from many work spheres, such as using tools from large-scale event planning to structure academic projects.

Technical skills: Data analysis and programming (R and Python); static data visualisations (R and ggplot2), interactive visualisations (D3); web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Drupal).

Professional skills: Event production and team leadership, public speaking, teaching.

Languages: Danish (native level), English (native level), Spanish (intermediate), Arabic (beginner-intermediate), German (beginner-intermediate), French (beginner).

Personal interests: Travelling & couchsurfing, dancing (Cuban salsa and swing), playing music (whatever instruments I can get my hands on)

Education

Education
2016 to 2020 Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Computer Science
Advisor: Sir Nigel Shadbolt
Thesis: Ulysses in Cyberspace: Distraction and Self-Regulation in Social Machines
2012 to 2013 MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
Advisor: Oliver Curry
Thesis: Fundamental Motivations and Risk-Taking: Loss Aversion in Context
2011 to 2016 MA in the Study of Religion and Psychology
Advisor: Uffe Schjødt
Thesis: What I Hate, That Do I: Religion as a Cultural Tool for Cognitive Control
2007 to 2011 BA in Psychology and the Study of Religion, Aarhus University
Advisor: Jesper Sørensen
Thesis: Priming Effects of Religious Concepts on Moral Judgment: Between Mean Values and Variation
Academic

Poster presentations

Poster presentations
2017 “It’s More Fun With My Phone": A Replication Study of Cell Phone Presence and Task Performance
CogSci 2017, 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, London
2017 Ulysses in Cyberspace: Evaluating the Anti-Distraction Market
Connected Life 2017: Digital Inequalities, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
2017 “It’s More Fun With My Phone": A Replication Study of Cell Phone Presence and Task Performance
ACM CHI 2017, Student Research Competition, Denver, Colorado
2017 Curiosity, ICTs and Attention Management: Evaluating the Emerging Anti-Distraction Market
ACM CHI 2017, Designing for Curiosity workshop, Denver, Colorado
2014 Wild Cooperation: Studying Real-World Reciprocity Using Couchsurfing.org
Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms, Central European University, Budapest
Summerschool with leading scholars of morality, including Paul Bloom, Leda Cosmides & John Tooby, Dan Sperber and Molly Crockett.
2011 Priming Effects of Religious Concepts on Moral Judgment – Between Mean Values and Variation
CogSci 2011, 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Talks

Talks
2017 Ulysses in Cyberspace: How to Build Minimally-Distracting Technology
PubhD, science communication and pints, St Aldate's Tavern, Oxford
2017 Ulysses in Cyberspace: Distraction and Self-Regulation in Social Machines
All-hands meeting in the SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines project, held at Jesus College, University of Oxford
2017 Ulysses in Cyberspace: How Anti-Distraction Apps Can Guide Digital Design
DOMUS Research Prize talk, Linacre College, University of Oxford
2017 ICTs and Attention Management: Evaluating the Emerging Anti-Distraction Market
2017 Oxford Computer Science Conference, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
2017 Battle of the Social Machines: Attention Management in the Information Age
All-hands meeting in the SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines project, held in Brockenhurst, UK
2017 Battle of the Social Machines: Attention Management in the Information Age
Being Responsible in Research: Opportunities and Challenges, workshop held by the Human Centred Computing Group at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford
2015 Religion: A Culturally Evolved Tool for Self-Control
Research meeting in the ‘Religion, Cognition and Culture’ unit at the Institute of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
2014 Fundamental Motivations and Risk-Taking: Loss Aversion in Context
26th Annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Natal, Brazil
2012 Effort, Loss Aversion and Religion
Homo Experimentalis: Experimental Approaches in The Study of Religion, Brno, Czech Republic

Grants and awards

Grants and awards
2017 DOMUS Prize for Outstanding Research Communication (£500)
Linacre College, University of Oxford
2017 Designing for Curiosity Workshop Travel Grant (€400)
ACM CHI 2017, Designing for Curiosity Workshop, Denver, Colorado
2017 Student Research Competition Travel Grant ($500)
ACM CHI 2017, Student Research Competition, Denver, Colorado
2017 Linacre House Trust Travel Grant (£300)
Linacre College, University of Oxford, UK
2013 Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and Philip Bagby Fund (£1,000)
Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology
Grant to conduct cross-cultural experimental psychology work on-site in Natal, Brazil

Committee service & conference organisation

Committee service & conference organisation
2017 to 2018 President, Computer Science Graduate Society, University of Oxford
Organises and chairs termly CoGS planning meetings, represents the Computer Science Department at termly orienting meetings in the mathematical, physical, engineering and life sciences division (MPLS)
2016 to 2017 DPhil representative, Computer Science Graduate Society (CoGS), University of Oxford
Participated in termly CoGS meetings, organised numerous social coffee, pizza, and drinks sessions
Reviewed submissions for the annual Oxford Computer Science Conference and chaired sessions at the conference
2012 to 2016 Executive committee member, London Evolutionary Research Network
Organised regular talks (30+) plus three annual conferences on cutting-edge evolutionary research, for early career researchers across departments and universities in south UK
2008 to 2012 Chairman of Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Aarhus University
Organised and chaired monthly committee meetings; chaired monthly research talks held at the Department for the Study of Religion
Practical

Work

Work
2017 Web developer for sociam.org
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
Built the new website for the Social Machines Project from the ground up in Drupal 7, assisted by two summer interns
2016 to 2017 Web Master, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford
Managed the website (WordPress) for the annual Social Impact Careers Conference at the Saïd Business School
2013 to 2016 Editorial Producer and Music Manager, Institute of Art and Ideas & HowTheLightGetsIn Festival
Booked 120 world-leading thinkers (interviewed 600+) for HowTheLightGetsIn, including Simon Baron-Cohen, Aubrey de Grey, Brooke Magnanti, Saskia Sassen, and Cory Doctorow; generated ideas and wrote copy for 250+ panel debates
Led and managed a research team of two full-time staff and a music team of three full-time staff at HTLGI 2015 and 2016
2013 Teacher, Oxbridge International Summer School
Organised and taught a 2-week course on Evolutionary Psychology with group and individual tutorials for students aged 15-18
2010 to 2011 Teaching Assistant
Dept. for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University
Taught a weekly seminar on philosophy, theory of science, and university history

Professional development

Professional development
2017 Leading for Impact fellowship, Saïd Business School
One of 20 selected participants for the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship's leadership development program

Volunteering

Volunteering
2017 to 2018 Computer Science Ambassador, University of Oxford
I give talks about my group's and my personal research to 14-18 year old students from various schools in the UK visiting the Computer Science Department
2017 to 2018 Steering committee member, Oxford Scandinavian Society
Co-organiser of 'sittnings' (traditional Scandinavian dinner- and drinking parties), movie nights, summer BBQs and more
Webmaster and ticket manager for ScanSoc's website at oxfordscandinavian.com
2013 to 2016 Interview coach
Voluntary work for the charity Oxfizz
Provided interview training for 30+ teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds wishing to apply to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge