Erlend H. Vefring holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University of Bergen (1989). Vefring has been working as associate professor and adjunct professor at the University of Bergen and in various positions at IRIS including Chief Scientist and management positions. He has had scientific stays at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and Petrobras Research Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been doing research within drilling process modelling, drilling automation, fast model updating of reservoir models and geosteering. Vefring has been board member of several start-up companies. He has initiated and served as project manager for a number of large research programs and research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and industry. Vefring is currently Vice President at the Energy Department of IRIS.