Management team

Leading the Senseg experience

Paul Costigan
CEO

Paul Costigan is a leading semiconductor executive with global experience. Prior to joining Senseg, Costigan was the chief operating officer and president of the Asia-Pacific region for Movidius. Previously, he was the chief operating officer of Chipidea Microelectronica S.A., based in Lisbon. Costigan is best known as the co-founder and chief executive officer of Massana, a Dublin- and Palo Alto-based fabless semiconductor firm focused on the Gigabit Ethernet market that was acquired by Agere Systems (now part of LSI Corp.) in 2003. Costigan began his career as a GSM chipset developer for Alcatel. He holds an MSEE degree from Northeastern University and a BE degree from University College, Dublin.

Ville Mäkinen, PhD
Founder and CTO

Dr. Ville Mäkinen founded Senseg in June 2006. Having created Senseg’s initial customer base in the field of medical technology, Mr. Mäkinen went on to develop the innovations that underlie Senseg’s solution along with the growing the company. Mr. Mäkinen led the team that raised Senseg’s initial funding from Ambient Sound Investments, Avera – the Finnish National Seed Fund, and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovations. Mr. Mäkinen carried out his doctoral studies in Helsinki University of Technology in the area of signal processing, medical technology, and psychology.

Harri Kapanen
Vice President Engineering

Mr. Kapanen has 14 years of R&D experience in high technology industry. From 1998 to 2004 he worked on telecommunications network chips at Tellabs. In 2004 Mr. Kapanen transitioned to 3D graphics hardware development, and held various technical and management positions as the business group underwent three sequential acquisitions, ending up at Qualcomm in 2009. In 2010, he joined Senseg to lead R&D activities. Mr. Kapanen received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

Pekka Nikander, PhD
Chief Software Architect

Dr. Pekka Nikander has over 25 years of experience in software development and R&D leadership. In 1988, he founded Nixu, today the largest security consultancy company in Finland, with over 100 employees. From 1999 until 2011, he led the development of Ericsson Research NomadicLab that has become an industry-leading lab focused on the mobile Internet with 50 employees. Dr. Nikander has a Ph.D. with honors from Helsinki University of Technology (now part of Aalto University), is the author or co-author of over 70 peer reviewed scientific publications, and is a co-inventor on over 20 patents.

Jukka Linjama, PhD
Chief Technologist

Dr. Jukka Linjama has 15 years of technology development experience, followed by 8 years at Nokia as a haptics specialist and concept designer. He has contributed to a variety of scientific publications ranging from acoustics to human-computer interaction and has several patents to his credit. Responsible for the human-centric development of Senseg’s technology, Mr. Linjama is keen on targeting the R&D activities so that the offering as a whole will surpass user expectations.