Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Börkur Sigurbjörnsson


Börkur has a PhD in information retrieval from the University of Amsterdam and undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer science from University of Iceland.

Börkur has over 15 years of experience as a software engineer and applied researcher working in academia, large research labs and start-ups.

His work has covered a range of subjects such as information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing and urban informatics.


Börkur is an avid storyteller and publishes short stories and flash fiction on the website Urban Volcano. He is the author of three short fiction collections.

999 Abroad (2012) is a collection of short stories telling the tales of an Icelander living abroad.

Flash 52 (2017) is a collection of flash fiction stories resulting from a project where the author published an annotated flash fiction piece every week for a year.

Talk to Strangers (2019) is a collection of short stories, featuring encounters with alien form, be it a stranger in the street, a foreign point of view or an internal dialog with the concealed part of our own subconsciousness.