Short bio:

Ulf Aslak (b. 1990) is a Danish physicist and data scientist. In his work, he uses data from smartphones, on-body sensors, online interactions, etc. to describe complex phenomena in human and animal behavior.

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I am a PhD student at the Centre for Social Data Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with Sune Lehmann, and an external lecturer at DIS Copenhagen. I have published research on community detection in live face-to-face networks, user behavior in online e-learning platforms and optimization of flows in osmotic filtration modules.

I won the inaugural Data Stories competition by Science Magazine (submission). My work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, Gizmodo, and Videnskab ("Science", danish newspaper). I've received awards at conferences for best paper and best science communicator, and secured multiple travel stipends throughout my academic career.

I hold degrees in Digital Media Engineering (M.Sc.) and Physics (B.Sc.) from DTU, and expect to obtain my PhD from UCPH in 2019. I have conducted longterm (4+ months) research visits in the Uri Alon lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and in the Brockmann Lab at the Robert Koch Institute (Germany), and attended the Complex Systems Summer School at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). On a number of occasions I have provided consultancy for private and public companies.