New Researcher WP1.6

Wei Zhao has worked as a PhD research fellow in WP1.6 since October 5th, 2020, with Associate Professor Morten Kjeld Ebbesen as the main supervisor and Associate Professor Damiano Padovani as the co-supervisor. The title of his project is: ”Development of Energy-Efficient Linear Actuation Systems for Offshore Use”.

His education background is:
• B.Sc. in Process Equipment and Control Engineering at China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2010.
• M.Sc. in Mechatronics at the University of Agder in 2019.

Before he started the PhD research fellowship, he has worked as a mechanical engineer in SINOPEC and as a technical support engineer for control systems in Cameron Sense AS.

New Researcher WP6.3

Kevin Roy is a new researcher in WP6.3 Design of soft-sensors based on novel context-aware data fusion techniques.

His background is
• B.Sc. in Physics from Kannur University (India) between 2013 to 2016 with Computer science and Mathematics as subsidiary subjects.
• M.Sc. in Physics was studied at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (India) between 2016 to 2018. M.Sc. thesis was based on Computational Physics which involves the investigation of Thermoelectric properties of specific compounds within the Semiconductor range.
• Research Student at the University of Tokyo (Japan) between 2018 to 2019 with Japan International Corporation Agency Fellowship. The main tasks were based on Simulation and Data Acquisition System for the Nuclear Physics Experiments.

New Researcher WP5.6

Dr. Vignesh Shanbhag received his M.Tech in Manufacturing Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in 2015, and a joint PhD degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Deakin University (Australia) and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India) in 2019. He currently holds Postdoc position at NORCE. His research interest include condition monitoring of machine parts, quantification of machine tool defects using optical profilometer, and nano surface finishing of nonferrous alloys.

New Researcher WP5.4

Mohamed Yusuf is a new researcher in WP5.4 Condition-based lifetime prediction as result of calculated component loads.

His background is:

  • B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) between 2013 to 2017 with a specialization in “Operation and Maintenance”.
  • Erasmus+ scholarship to study a European Joint Master Degree specialized in Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces between 2017 and 2019.
  • M.Sc. was studied at the University of Leeds (UK), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) respectively. M.Sc. thesis written in cooperation with the Swedish Engineering company Sandvik AB.

    M.Sc thesis was aimed at creating a FEM-based Multiphysics model of a spiral groove bearing used by Sandvik in their cone crushers, in order to gain a deep understanding of how it operates and to suggest design improvements based on the model.

    Starting from October 2019, Mohamed has been employed as a research assistant in the Off-Highway branch of the MSE institute at RWTH Aachen University and is co-supervised by the head of the Off-Highway branch, Stephan Neumann.

  • New Researcher WP3.7

    Ronny Landsverk started working on WP3.7 in Q1-2019. The title of his work package is: “Coupled Dynamics between Vessel and Crane”. He has an MSc from UiA within Mechatronics. The main supervisor of this project is Professor Jing Zhou. This work-package was created with additional funding from UiA.

    New Researcher WP2.7

    Hans Kristian Holen started working on WP2.7 as an integrated PhD in February 2019 and as a full time PhD from June 2019. He has a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU, 2019, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from UiS, 2016 and a year of economic studies at NHH in 2017. The title of his project is: Vision systems for supervision of offshore drilling operations.

    New Researcher WP3.6

    Dipendra Subedi started as a PhD Research Fellow at University of Agder (UiA, Norway) under WP3.6 on 22 February 2019 with Associate Professor Ilya Tyapin and Geir Hovland as supervisors. Subedi holds a B.E. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Anna University, India) and a Joint Master’s Degree in Advanced Robotics (University of Genoa, Italy and Jaume I University, Spain). He worked as a Robotics Software Engineer at Dorabot Inc., China for 1 year before starting his PhD at UiA.

    In the SFI, he is working on Instrumentation and Real-Time Control of Long-Reach Light-Weight Arm for Offshore Use.

    New Researcher WP3.8

    Yvonne Murray completed her BSc in Mechatronics at the University of Agder in 2016. During her last semester of the MSc degree, she was accepted to an integrated MSc/PhD program at UiA. The Master’s thesis with title “Review of Formal Verification of Smart Contracts Running on Blockchain” was delivered in October, and the further research for the PhD will be on formal verification of autonomous systems.

    New Researcher WP6.3

    Emilio Ruiz received his BSc degree in Physics from University of Valencia, Spain, in 2016 and his MSc degree in Mechatronics from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, in 2018 with their respective theses titled ‘Quantum key distribution’ and ‘Design of invariant controllers using differential algebra’. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD Programme at University of Agder, within the WISENET Lab, as part of the SFI activity WP6.3 “Coordinated Multi-variable data acquisition and intelligent data reduction”. His research interests are statistical learning and data compression.

    New Researcher WP1.3


    Viktor Donkov started as a Ph.D. candidate at Aalborg University (AAU, Aalborg) under WP1.3 on 1 January 2017 with Professor Torben Ole Andersen as supervisor. Viktor holds a B.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering (VIAUC, Horsens) and a M.Sc. degree in mechatronic control engineering (AAU, Aalborg). He graduated the master’s degree with his final thesis “Fault Tolerant Control of a Hydraulic Servo-System”. He spent 6 months as a research assistant at AAU between his graduation and the beginning of his Ph.D. studies.

    In the SFI he will be working on WP1.3 with a focus on the use of digital hydraulics in secondary control of cylinder drives.