Ozan Oktem received his PhD in pure mathematics (several complex variables) in 1999 from the Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University. During his graduate studies, he decided to do more applied work, and in 1997 started to work full-time in industry (finance).

After working 12 years as an applied mathematician in several industrial sectors (finance, life science/medical technology, and engineering), he returned to academia in 2009 to a full-time position at the Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. In 2012 he became an associate professor in mathematics at KTH and since 2014, has led a group on mathematical imaging sciences at the department. The group currently involves six senior faculty, one research associate, four post-doctoral fellows, and four PhD students.

Since 2016, he is also the Director for the KTH Life Science Technologies platform, which is one of five strategic initiatives at KTH for coordinating multidisciplinary research.

Research interests

Ozan plans to work with Turing Fellow Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb on 3D/4D image reconstruction methods relevant for phase contrast x-ray synchrotron tomography and cryo-electron microscopy. This collaboration will involve expertise from the UK Diamond Light Source and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.

An important part of the planned research is to share implementations. For this reason, we established a set of APIs for inverse problems (ODL) that separate applicationspecific parts from more generic parts. This enables us to easily setup reconstruction algorithms that combine domain specific physics driven simulators with generic software frameworks for machine learning.