New Researcher WP6.1


Luis M. Lopez-Ramos received the B.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering in 2010 from King Juan Carlos University (URJC), Madrid, Spain; and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in multimedia and communications in 2012 and 2016, respectively, from URJC and Carlos III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain. During the Fall semesters of 2013 and 2014, he was a visiting scholar at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Since 2010 he has been carrying out research and teaching activities with the Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications at URJC. In February 2017, he joined the University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway as a post-doctoral research fellow.

Dr. Lopez-Ramos’ research currently focuses on stochastic nonlinear programming, stochastic approximation and signal processing techniques, and their applications in wireless networks and power networks. In the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project he will work in WP6.1 Distributed in-network intelligence across multiple components.

New Researcher WP5.3


Shaun Falconer started as a PhD candidate at UiA on 17 October 2016 and holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his thesis on crack propagation in aerospace materials, utilizing extended finite element modelling techniques at the CEIT, University of Navarra, Spain in 2013.

From 2014 to 2016 he worked as an engineer with the Structural Monitoring Division of Fugro GEOS in Glasgow, where he gained knowledge in structural health monitoring of offshore and subsea structures in the oil and gas sector.

He is currently working in the SFI WP5.3 Fiber ropes together with Dr. Espen Oland at Teknova and Prof. Geir Grasmo at UiA.

New Researcher WP2.6


Philipp Schubert started as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Institute of Automatic Control (IRT), RWTH Aachen University. Philipp graduated from the RWTH Aachen in October 2016 with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After working on the “Robustification of Extended Kalman Filters” within his master thesis, he is now focusing on real-time teleoperation and model-based control of cranes with loads in WP2.6 as part of the ‘SFI Offshore Mechatronics’ project.

New Researcher WP2.4


Alexander Meyer Sjøberg started as a Ph.D. candidate at NTNU under WP2.4 on 5 September 2016 with Professor Olav Egeland as the supervisor. Sjøberg holds a bachelor’s degree (UiA, Grimstad) and a double master’s degree (UiA and FHV) in mechatronics. He spent a total of two semesters at Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, located in the Austrian Alps during the studying period. Also, he completed the 1-year program of mathematics at UiA, Kristiansand in 2011.

He graduated with the master’s thesis titled “Development and Implementation of a Real-Time 6 DOF Pose Estimation Algorithm for an MS Kinect 2” under the supervision of Sondre Sanden Tørdal, and the thesis was linked to WP2.5.

New Researcher WP2.3


Andrej Cibicik started as a PhD candidate at NTNU under WP2.3 on 15 August 2016 with Professor Olav Egeland as a supervisor. Andrej holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with his final thesis titled “Development and analysis of a rotational friction tuned mass damper”. He has 5 years of industrial experience including last 3 years at SFI partner company National Oilwell Varco.

New Researcher WP3.3


Aksel Sveier started as a PhD student under WP3.3 on 15 August 2016 with Professor Olav Egeland as supervisor. Sveier is a Master in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU. He attended at five-year master study at NTNU where the fourth year of study was at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. He graduated this spring with a master thesis on robot vision under the supervision of Olav Egeland. The main results of his master thesis was presented at the Geometric Algebra in Computer Science and Engineering Workshop – GACSE’16 in Crete this summer, and will be part of a journal paper to be submitted to the journal Advances in Applied Clifford Algebra. He will be attending the 17th Santaló Research Summer School 22-26 Aug. 2016, Santander, Spain.

New Researchers WP3.1 and WP3.2


Atle Aalerud (left, WP3.2) and Joacim Dybedal (right, WP3.1) started as PhD candidates at the University of Agder on August 15, 2016. Atle has a Masters degree in Mechatronics from the University of Agder in 2013 with title “Implementation of Active Control Design for Crown Mounted Compensator to Improve Drilling Performance” while Joacim has his Masters degree from NTNU in 2013 with title “Doppler Radar Speed Measurement based on a 24 GHz Radar Sensor”. Both have 3 years industrial experience from the SFI partner company National Oilwell Varco.

New Researcher WP5.4


Lothar Wöll, M.Sc. studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and graduated with a Master’s degree in ‘Development and Design Engineering’ in 2015. In 2016, Mr. Wöll started as a research engineer at the IME in the field of Off-Highway Drive Train Technology. He is focusing on the reliability of machine elements and drive trains as part of the project ‘SFI Offshore Mechatronics’. See also this MIC Article.

Researcher WP1.4 Has Started


PhD candidate Daniel Hagen started working on SFI WP1.4 on May 2, 2016. The topic of his work-package is “Electrical and Electrohydraulic Linear Actuators”. Daniel was previously employed at the SFI partner company Cameron in Kristiansand.

47 Applicants for WP3.5 (UiA)


The publicly announced PhD position WP3.5 Formal Verification of Hybrid Systems has received 47 applicants. The selection committee has started it’s work and the goal is to start up the work with the selected candidate in Q3-2016.