Ole Jacob Elle was born in Arendal, Norway 12th of April 1967. He studied at Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1986-1990 at Department of Production and Quality Engineering and started a PhD in underwater robotics at Department of Cybernetics in collaboration with Department of Production and Quality Engineering in 1992. From 1996-1998 he worked as a product developer at Luxo ASA working with medical light systems. He joined The Intervention Centre at Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital in 1998 to be a bridge between the product development department at Computer Motion in Santa Barbara, CA, USA and the cardiac surgeon at the hospital within robotic surgery. The Intervention Centre is also his Current place of work, where he now is heading the section for Technology Research there. He holds a 20% position as Associate Professor at Department of Informatics, University of Oslo in the research group ROBIN (Robotics and Intelligent systems) Ole Jakob Elle defended his PhD in robotic surgery in 2004.