Background and activities

I am currently Innovation manager in Autonomous Systems at Department of Engineering Cybernetics.


  • Researcher. University of Bergen (1979-80)
  • Researcher Norwegian Underwater Technology Centre (NUTEC)(1980-84)
  • Project director, specialist, department manager. Statoil ASA (1984-98)
  • Senior Vice President ICT. IGP AS. (1998-99)
  • Senior Vice President ICT. Interconsult AS (1999-2001)
  • Nukleus AS. Founder and CEO (2001-05)
  • Senior advisor. SIVA sf. (2003-05)
  • Senior advisor/Industrial Liason officer. NTNU (2005-10)
  • Cofounder and CEO. Leksvik Industriell Vekst (2007
  • Project director. NTNU (2010-2018)
  • Cofounder and CEO. Idletechs AS (2015-16)
  • Innovation manager Autonomous Systems. NTNU (2018-  )


  • Cand. real (M.Sc.) University of Bergen

Selected activities

  • Founded and headed a new department at Statoils Research Centre in Coordination Technology in collaboration with MIT.
  • Cofounded and chaired the Board of a new, crossdiciplinary initiative at NTH supported by Statoil and Telenor. Program in Applied Coordination Technology (PAKT, now called Apertura)
  • Project member in NRCs project that estabished FUNN/SkatteFUNN.
  • Vice Director in NOWITECH. Norwegian Research Centre on Offshore Wind Technology
  • Cofounder an CEO of The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre.
  • Initiator and project mananger of SPARK* NTNU. A low-treshold support organization for students that want to commersialize own ideas.
  • Initiator and project manager for FRAM. Students innovation centre.
  • Cofounder and CEO of Idletechs AS, a R&D based start-up developing tools for real-time analyzing of big data streams.
  • Support to Telenor-NTNU AI Lab, and head of the group that deveolped this to Norwegian Open AI Lab