VOCA has a highly specialized team with core competencies within AI & Computer Vision, Engineering Cybernetics, Mathematics, Software Development and Hardware design. These technical competencies are backed with deep industry insight within cargo handling & logistics, including strategy, customer relations and international business development.
CEO, Founder and Board Member
Holds an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU, Norway. Engedal is founder and CTO of Optilift, and has 20 years’ experience with industrial research and development, including innovation management, commercialization and business development.
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.
Ann Kristin Hilleren
Head of Finance and Compliance
Holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Agder (Høgskolen i Agder), Norway. Hilleren has extensive experience within financial- and HR roles and has worked for a number of companies in Norway, leading or assisting management with financial reporting and planning.
Camilla B. Nylund
Managing director of Optilift
Several years of experience in sales and marketing . 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.
Team Lead – Hardware Development
Albert Geldenhuys 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).
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++.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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 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.
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
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.
Ådne Hult Karlson
Holds a BSc in engineering, automatization and electronic design from University of Stavanger (UiS). He has work experience as an electrician , and is working as part of the VOCA-team in parallel with finishing his MSc.
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.
Holds a MSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Strategic Management. Bårdsen has more than 30 years’ experience from management, operations and finance in Norwegian industrial business and offshore business.
Larsen has worked several years as an auditor, and was up to 2020 partner in KPMG. His role now involves supporting companies to scale and grow, and started has been working with VOCA since spring 2021.
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Skappel is founder, partner and managing director of Stavanger Venture and Managing Director of TD Veen AS. Skappel is investor and board member in several technology companies, and has previously held the position Regional Director for Europe-North in Cisco Systems and TANDBERG.
Mr. Hvammen has a degree from Norwegian Business School (BI). He has been an independent founder, investor, CEO and board member in numerous companies, including S.D. Standard Drilling Plc, Songa Offshore ASA and Spectrum ASA.
CEO, Founder and Board Member
(See resume on top of the page).