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:
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: