Svein K. Jacobsen was born in Lofoten, Norway, in 1958. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree on microwave sensing of the ocean surface, also from the same university, in 1988. From 1985–1986 he worked as a Researcher with Information Control Ltd. on space-borne observation platforms for the earth-probing satellite ERS-1. From 1989–1992. he was engaged as a Research Scientist for the Norwegian Research Council for Science and Humanities, working on nonlinear mapping of the ocean surface by means of synthetic aperture imaging radar (SAR). During 2000–2001. he did a research sabbatical at the University of California, San Francisco, where he investigated the use of multiband microwave radiometry for temperature measurement in the human body. His research interests within thermal medicine included development of active and passive microwave systems and applicators for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in the human body. From 2001 he is a professor of electrical engineering with the Department of Physics and Technology, UiT—The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. From 2017 he is an adjunct professor at NORCE. His current research interests include development of miniature UAV mounted UWB radars for various remote sensing applications including snowpack stratigraphy for hardness investigation and weak layer detection.
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