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Meet Martin


Meet Martin and find out what inspired him to become a scientist and what he's working with.

Name: Martin Risdal
Age: 39
Education: Ph.D in Medical Signal Processing, University of Stavanger
                    M.S. in signal processing from NTNU
IRIS Energy - Department: MedTech
What inspired you to become a scientist?
A hunger for knowledge, an attraction to problem solving and curiosity. I’ve always been attracted to natural science, and as a kid my friends and I often pretended to be scientists and inventors. I had no long-term plan to become a scientist, but I am very content with where I ended up.
What do you like/dislike about your job?
I like the challenge of and possibility to constantly acquire new knowledge, and working with engaged and talented persons from different scientific fields. IRIS is an inspiring place to work, and I feel proud to be allowed to be a part of it. What I dislike is the fact that in research there’s often a long way from a brilliant idea to the end result – I get a bit impatient. 
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on developing several research projects together with Stavanger University Hospital and different industry partners, and planning where we can apply for funding to support the projects. I am also working on establishing an overview and initiating collaborations with regional and national companies within the MedTech industry.
What has been your best IRIS-moment so far?
Having only been employed by IRIS since the start of May, there haven’t been one peak moment but more a collection of bumps as it’s been great fun so far being an IRIS researcher. If I am to highlight one moment it would be when the whole MedTech group all rode their bikes to a meeting at Stavanger University Hospital – with our focus on health we of course did not drive a car!
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