I am Jesper Dramsch. I work as a Scientist for Machine Learning at the ECMWF.
I have a PhD in applied Machine Learning to Geoscience, a MSc and BSc in Geophysics and an over-developed curiosity.
I believe, "you understand it, only when you can explain it".
For this reason, I started blogging, speaking, and technical writing in various contexts and pursued my Phd at the Technical University of Denmark in collaboration with ETLP at Heriot-Watt University. Additionally, I believe ideas have to be applicable in the real world. Therefore, I seek conversations with specialists across the board. This information guides me through concrete implementations of abstract ideas with clients from the industry and academia.
I sucked at physics, but through dedication and help I got my Masters degree, got industry experience, and went on to finish a PhD.
In school physics was anything but my strength. In uni I had to change that. Today I love digging into complex topics. I know my way around Python and Machine Learning. My Masters thesis was a seismic processing thesis with pre-stack time migrated sections as deliverables. Signal Processing and Information Theory is an integral part in my toolbox and I try to extend these with insights from many fields every day. I think combining insights across disciplines and collaborating across borders is essential and I try to be of service where I can. Check out the projects I worked on here.
I am good at
I make myself clear with
We live in an age of information, those who can explain information can provide value to a client.
An idea is the seed to information and communication is the fertilizer to the seed. Technical writing and giving presentations are my personal favorites of communication. I love blogging about geoscience. Nevertheless, I think talking in front of an audience is an invaluable skill that I train whenever I can. I round these skills of with basic knowledge of graphics manipulation to support emphasis and the grasp on complex topics and lateral thinking. Check out my past speaking engagements here.
Love to learn.
Personally, I find it important to always stay on the leading edge of information. I keep up with current developments in different industries and improve on my language skills everyday. During my day to day work, I test productivity regimes and apps to develop better systems. But in the end I learned to never leave the goal out of sight. I have experience applying the full Office environment, GIMP, LaTeX, Seismic Unix, Promax, Petrel, Globe Claritas, Partial Common Reflection Surface, Matlab, Python, BASH, Keras, Tensorflow, Pandas, NumPy, Scikit-Learn, and many more. Work on tight deadlines is no stranger to me, yet I always aim to excel. In my newsletter I regularly share new things I learn.
"Jesper has a very nice 'get things done' attitude. He is accurate, creative and learns new things quickly."
Thomas Elboth, R&D Manager at CGG
"Jesper Dramsch has written the wonderfully personal and philosophical The Way of The Geophysicist since 2011. His tales of internships at Fugro and Schlumberger provide great insights for students."
Matt Hall, CEO of Agile* Scientific
"Jesper is practical, flexible, and very passionate about his profession!"
Kirsten Brandt, Communications Specialist
"Since our first meeting, he has grown his technical skills but what struck me was the balance of competence and humility that he displays in all situations. He is truly an excellent teacher, public speaker, mentor and progammer."
Rob Leckenby, Senior Geoscientist at Agile* Scientific
The Closest we can get to a Manual
Always be learning. Break stuff and re-assemble. Never cease to ask questions.
We're in this together. Be empathetic and always look out for those less fortunate.
Saying yes is saying no to everything else. Maximize the choice that will maximize your oportunity and growth.
With everything we do, we affect others. With buying in Pr*#&!k, we endorse a culture of inequality. I try to avoid those choices that compound world suck.
Many will try to make things a zero-sum game. It feels really good to give and not expect a return. Try it.
Be light on others
and hard on yourself. The only thing you can truly change is yourself. Lead by example and make the world a better place.
Be inclusive, especially, toward LGTBQIA+ folks and minorities. Love between two consenting humans is a beatiful thing.
We're all smart
If you're the smartest in the room, you are probably asking the wrong questions. Everyone can teach you something new. Ask the right questions and distinguish yourself by being kind.
Toxic masculinity is a thing and I'm not fond of it. Let's make this a world where a woman can be a CEO without anyone batting an eye and a man crying without being ridiculed and anyone in between not fearing for their lives.
coding of Conduct
I will not give invited talks at events without CoC.
I may be able to help you figure out one though.
No All-Male Panels
I am not interested in sitting on all-male panels.
I can refer you to many awesome women and folks from minorities that have interesting things to say.
Communicate kind and clearly. If you can't explain it simply, you have yet to understand it.
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In this weekly newsletter, I share interesting tidbits around Python, data science, and machine learning that I found around the web. Because, while often being late to the party, I love learning new stuff and I love sharing what I learn. So maybe this is something for you too.
Assistant in student labs on vacuum, radioactivity and quantum physics to enhance school curriculae
Geoscience Content Creator
IFLScience (The Earth Story)
Created the Corporate Identity of The Earth Story. Wrote articles about recent events in geoscience, beautiful places around the world and interesting facts in geophysics and geology. Left the page when it hit 100,000 likes.
Geophysical Intern - Prototype Engineering
Schlumberger (Western Geco)
Prototyping an automated seismic data processing and interpolation algorithm in MatLab.
Geophysical Intern - Seismic Imaging
Fugro Seismic Imaging A/S
Feasibility study of multi-parameter stacking method CRS for trace interpolation in near offset to improve the Surface Related Multiple Elimination (SRME) in 2D
Leading the way of the geophysicist.
PhD Geophysics and Machine Learning
Technical University of Denmark
I implemented several novel deep neural network architectures for different problems in 4D seismic. 📘: My Open-Source Thesis
University of Hamburg
The Master of Science introduces the student to more advanced concepts in geophysics, including seismic anisotropy, migration and processing. I took the liberty to round the degree off with more than one extra semester of coursework in geology. My thesis evaluated different subsalt imaging workflows. The final grade is a 1.8 in the German system from 1 (best) to 6 (fail).
BSc Geophysics / Oceanography
University of Hamburg
The Bachelor of Science in Geophysics has a strong focus on physics and mathematics. On this basis a broad education from physical volcanology and seismology to seismic theory is built. My thesis evaluated the accuracy of the common reflection surface algorithm for seismic interpolation. It was published as extended abstract with the EAGE.
Junior Studies - Geophysics
University of Hamburg
The junior studies programme allowed me to take university coursework, while attending high school.
Milestones in my high school time included these points. I skipped a grade and finished my Abitur exceptionally young (17). The aforementioned exchange year had me miss some classes in 11th grade that I learned additionally to 12th grade. In the final grade (13th) I was admitted to the university junior studies programme.
Exchange (Honor Roll) Student
Norton High School
One year in the United States of America. This high school year helped develop important cultural skills, spanning from communication to political and organizational views. My English improved from a" learned in school" level.