Sverre Holm

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Phone +47-22852704
Mobile phone +47-93215705
Room 4460
Visiting address Gaustadalléen 23B Ole-Johan Dahls hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1080 Blindern 0316 OSLO

I am a professor of acoustic imaging and signal processing at the University of Oslo and an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Our group is part of "Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS)" - a centre for research-based innovation.

My main research interest is to understand complexity, in the sense that cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees spells it out: "We can expect huge advances on three frontiers: the very small, the very large, and the very complex." 

More specifically my desire is to understand the physics of wave propagation in complex media like biological tissue in the context of medical ultrasound and elastography. A special focus is on understanding why this often results in power law frequency characteristics (attenuation and dispersion), and to uncover the physical basis for non-integer (fractional) derivative descriptions of waves in these media - if indeed there is one.

Once per semester or so I am on the panel of the popular national radio show NRK P2, "Tower of Abel" answering mostly questions on acoustics in a wide sense and from time to time also commenting on the philosophy of science. I have blogged since 2010, mainly in Norwegian, but also some in English.

Apart from that I probably have too many interestes. That includes indoor positioning with ultrasound, history and philosophy of science, audio/HiFi/audio coding, and ham radio.


Presentations for download

Demos and Software from the DSB Group

Videos from spin-off and collaborating companies

The publication list from the database Cristin is not always so useful as it seems to be unable to distinguish between publications from several persons with the same name as me. Therefore it may be better to use this list.

Tags: Acoustics, medical imaging, ultrasound, ultrasound imaging, signal processing, elastography


  • Chandrasekaran, Sri Nivas & Holm, Sverre (2019). A multiple relaxation interpretation of the extended Biot model. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  ISSN 0001-4966.  146(1), s 330- 339 . doi: 10.1121/1.5116139
  • Kvam, Johannes; Holm, Sverre & Angelsen, Bjørn Atle Johan (2019). Exploiting Ballou's rule for better tissue classification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  ISSN 0001-4966.  145(4), s 2103- 2112 . doi: 10.1121/1.5096533
  • Patz, Samuel; Fovargue, Daniel; Schregel, Katharina; Nazari, Navid; Palotai, Miklos; Barbone, Paul E.; Fabry, Ben; Hammers, Alexander; Holm, Sverre; Kozerke, Sebastian; Nordsletten, David & Sinkus, Ralph (2019). Imaging localized neuronal activity at fast time scales through biomechanics. Science Advances.  ISSN 2375-2548.  5(4) . doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav3816 Show summary

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  • Holm, Sverre (2019). Waves with Power-Law Attenuation. Springer Nature.  ISBN 978-3-030-14927-7.  312 s. Show summary

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Published Nov. 4, 2010 1:58 PM - Last modified Aug. 14, 2019 2:42 PM