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Peter is an Assistant Professor in Advanced Manufacturing, University of Twente. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, from KU Leuven, Belgium in 2016. His doctoral work focused on developing maintenance decision support models for managing failure risks of thermal power plants. For recognition of his Ph.D. work, Peter emerged as the Belgium winner and nominee for the Ph.D. thesis excellence award. He was eventually awarded the 2018 Laureate of the European Federation of Maintenance Society and Salvelti Foundation. This award goes to the best European Ph.D. thesis in the field of Maintenance Engineering.

After his Ph.D., Peter worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and diversified his research to focus on the assessment of safety hazards of collaborative robots. During his post-doc stay, he developed innovative generic models for anticipating safety hazards of collaborative robots. His research was part of the YVES project for Augmenting Human Workers with Collaborative Robots for Manufacturing, a collaboration between several universities in Belgium and Flanders Make (Belgium).

Peter's research expertise extends to developing robust simulation models for optimizing clinical care pathways for stroke patients. His models are validated for practical application cases, for stroke patient care in Belgium. 

Peter's current research focuses on organization and management aspects influencing the transition from traditional manufacturing setups, to the ‘Industry of the Future’. Automation and robotics are here expected to perform greater roles within the organization. His work is published in leading journals and can be accessed below:

‪peter chemweno‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬

Together with Alberto Martinetti and Jelle Ferwerda, Peter is a co-founder of the Humanitarian Engineering Action, which seeks to improve the well-being of the disadvantaged by leveraging appropriate technologies. He is also coordinating several projects with his colleagues, in diverse countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Jordan, and Lebanon.

The projects can be visualized in the link below:

Humanitarian Engineering - eradicating poverty is not an act of charity, it is an engineering and scientific task (utwente.nl)


  • Computer Science

    • Robot
    • Case Study
    • Standards
    • Design
    • Education
    • Risk Assessment
  • Social Sciences

    • Maintenance
    • Mobile Educational Services



EDUBOX: A Self-Contained Engineering Learning Environment for Underserved CommunitiesIn Proceedings of the 18th International CDIO Conference (pp. 703-713). CDIO. Martinetti, A., Chemweno, P., de Wit, E., Steendam, J. & Nashwan, A.http://www.cdio.org/knowledge-library/documents/edubox-self-contained-engineering-learning-environment-underservedA comparative analysis of maintenance strategies and data application in asset performance management for both developed and developing countriesInternational journal of quality & reliability management, 39(4), 961-983. Wakiru, J. M., Pintelon, L., Muchiri, P. & Chemweno, P.https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-02-2020-0035Exploring the Added-Value of Integrating Real-Time Location Systems for Tracking Critical Maintenance ToolsProcedia CIRP, 107, 902-907. Chemweno, P., Sullivan, B. P., Bermperidis, G. & Thiede, S.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2022.05.082Towards a Structured Decision-Making Framework for Automating Cognitively Demanding Manufacturing TasksIn Towards Sustainable Customization: Bridging Smart Products and Manufacturing Systems - Proceedings of the 8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference CARV 2021 and 10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference MCPC 2021 (pp. 190-197). Springer. Torn, R. J., Chemweno, P., Vaneker, T. & Arastehfar, S.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90700-6_21Innovative robotization of manual manufacturing processesProcedia CIRP, 106, 96-101. Chemweno, P. & Torn, R.-J.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2022.02.161Innovative safety zoning for collaborative robots utilizing Kinect and LiDAR sensory approachesProcedia CIRP, 106, 209-214. Chemweno, P. & Torn, R.-J.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2022.02.180

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