Team & Competence

Technology specialists
within cargo handling
and logistics

Our core competencies are within computer vision, artificial intelligence, machine control and software development. This is coupled with competencies within customer relations, strategy and international business development.


Management and Operations

Camilla B. Nylund
Managing Director

20 years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been account manager for major oil companies during previous employments. Nylund is experienced in delivering complex solutions that involves improvement of work processes at customer sites. She also has experience in HR, recruitment and business development.

Torbjørn Engedal
CTO, Founder & Chair of the Board

CEO and founder VOCA, CTO and founder of Optilift. Holds an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU, Norway. Engedal has 20 years’ experience with industrial research and development, innovation management, commercialization and business development.

Håvard Ulvik
Quality / Project Manager

Håvard has a BSc within Petroleum Engineering from the University of Stavanger, Norway. He has extensive experience as a project manager and before joining Optilift he worked with mud-logging and drilling optimization, lastly at NOV.

Christian Deliler Olsen
Operations Supervisor / Electrical Engineer

Christian has more than 10 years experience as technician and electrician both on- and offshore, and special competence with EX-maintenance working with Westcon. He has also worked with installation and classification of drilling equipment for MH Wirth and NOV.

Kjell Skappel
Member of the Board

Skappel is founder, partner and managing director of Stavanger Venture. Managing Director of TD Veen AS. Investor and board member in several technology companies. Kjell has previously held the position Regional Director for Europe-North in Cisco Systems and TANDBERG.

Research and Development

Research and development of the Optilift technology and solutions is performed by the team at parent company VOCA.

Arild Finne
CTO at VOCA

Arild holds an MSc within Computer Science from University of Agder, Norway. Has extensive experience as both a software developer, team lead and product champion. Before he joined VOCA, Arild worked for more than a decade at Identec Solutions, developing track-and-trace solutions for personnel- and equipment-tracking.

Albert Geldenhuys
Team Lead – Hardware Development

Albert has extensive experience in mechanical design of tools and products for the oil and gas industry. His background is among other from designing, testing and commissioning of drilling machines and equipment at Cameron Sense (Schlumberger).

Jakob Lunde
Team Lead – Control Systems

Holds an MSc within Mechatronics from the University of Agder, Norway. Lunde is specialized within automated control of machines, utilising state of the art sensor technology. Among other, he has experience with robotics, computer vision, embedded software development and applied mathematics.

Emiel van Dam
Team Lead – DevOps & UX

Emiel has a BSc within International Game Architecture and Design from NHTV in Breda, The Netherlands. He is an experienced, pragmatic and versatile full stack developer with extensive experience within C++.

Terje Leira
Team Lead – Perception

Terje holds a MSc within ICT from University of Agder, Norway. He is a senior software engineer with extensive experience in both embedded development, C++ and development of certification systems.

Harald Nøkland
Senior Robotics Engineer

Holds an MSc within control engineering from NTNU, institute of Engineering Cybernetics (Norway) and a BSc within automation from UiO (Norway). Extensive experience from design, implementation and delivery of perception- and control algorithms for robotic systems.

Henrik Brådland
Machine Learning Engineer

Henrik has a MSc within ICT from University of Agder, Norway, with a focus on AI for industrial applications. He also has a BSc within mechatronics, robotics and automation from the University of Agder.

Thomas Leirfall
Robotics Engineer

Thomas has a MSc within cybernetics and robotics from NTNU, Norway and a BSc within mechatronics from University of Agder, Norway. His specialization is within modelling, prediction and control of non-linear systems.

Tor Arve Tønnessen
Robotics Engineer

Tor Arve has a MSc within cybernetics and robotics from NTNU, Norway and a BSc within electronics from University of Agder, Norway. His specialization is within modelling and control of robots and vehicles.

Carlos Tierno
Robotics Engineer

Carlos has a BSc degree within Computer Science from University of Zaragoza in Spain and is finalizing a MSc in Computer Vision, Robotics and Computer Graphics from University of Zaragoza while working at VOCA, specializing in Visual SLaM and Robotics.

Daniel Coward
Agile Tester

Daniel has a MSc and BSc in mechatronics from the University of Agder, Kristiansand, and is also qualified within metal work and assembling of hydraulic and mechanical systems. Before joining VOCA, he was product engineer and later on product owner for the control system of the pipe-handler machine at MHWirth.

Christian Revillard
Senior Software Engineer

Christian has a MSc from Ecole Centrale Paris, France. He has more than 20 years experience as a software engineer within both the telecom- and oil & gas industry. He has extensive and broad experience within among other backend, databases, distributed systems, front-end, simulation and more.

Martin Dahlseng Hermansen
Software Engineer

Martin has a BSc within mechatronics from University of Agder, Norway, and is working as part of the VOCA-team in parallel with his finalization of his MSc.

Jørgen Holme Qvist
Research Scientist, PhD

Jørgen holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from QuSpin at NTNU, Norway, specializing in the field of spin-based qubits. At VOCA, Jørgen is performing research and development within AI.

Martin Engelsgjerd
Software Engineer

Martin has a MSc within computer game Engineering from Newcastle University and a BSc within computer engineering from San Diego State University. He has work experience within mixed reality and game development, and has also worked with an improvement-tool through memory profiling within the Unreal Game Engine.