Sverre Holm was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1954. I got the M.S. and Ph.D (dr. ing) degrees in electrical engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 1978 and 1982.
From 1978 to 1984 I did research in speech coding and spectral estimation at SINTEF (ELAB) and at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and from 1984 to 1986 I was an assistant professor at Yarmouk University (now Jordan University of Science and Technology). I was a senior scientist at Informasjonskontroll AS, Asker, Norway, from 1986 to 1990. While there I led a study for the European Space Agency on Doppler acquisition algorithms for the Cassini mission to Saturn.
From 1990 to 1994, I was at Vingmed Sound (now GE Vingmed Ultrasound) doing R&D in digital beamforming and ultrasound probes as a member of the project team that won the 1995 Information Technology European Award prize for the digital ultrasound scanner "System Five". From 2000 - 2005 I worked part time with Sonitor Technologies. I hold patents for what is the basis for the ultrasound indoor positioning system described in Scientific American, Jan. 2008 as A Positioning System That Goes Where GPS Can't.
From 1989 to 1994 I was also an adjunct professor, until 1992 at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, then at the Center for Technology at Kjeller and later at the University of Oslo. Since 1995 I have been a professor of signal processing there. I had an adjunct position at Simula Research Laboratory 2001 - 2004. From 2009 to 2014 I held an adjunct professorship at the Medical Imaging Laboratory of NTNU in Trondheim.
I have had sabbaticals at GE Global Research in NY, USA (fall 1998), the Waves and Acoustics Laboratory (Institut Langevin), ESPCI ParisTech, (2008/09), and the Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering Division, King's College, London (spring 2014).
I am involved with several start-up companies, as a member of the board or as a scientific advisor. In 2009 I was part of a team that won the prize for the best idea from Oslo Science Park/University of Oslo.
I am a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the AES, and of CIS. In 1994-2001 I was a member of IEC committee 62B: Ultrasonic Diagnostic Equipment, and in 1997-2002 an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control. In 2002 I was elected a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. I am on the board of the Audio Engineering Society, Norway (2014-). I have been a licensed radio amateur (LA3ZA) since 2001.