Dragos Axinte is Professor and Chair of Manufacturing Engineering and Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham. Dragos is an active researcher in the areas of machining technologies and machine tools from where he developed an interest in developing robotic systems for in-situ repair of large and crammed industrial systems.
After the completion of his PhD and ten years in R&D in industry, Dragos was recipient of two NATO Advanced Research Fellowships in Italy and Denmark. He then, moved to the University of Birmingham to carry out research in high speed machining. Since 2001 he has been working at the University of Nottingham in the field of advanced machining operations and specialist robotic systems. Relevant to this event, he has expertise on continuum robots and parallel kinematic robotic systems used for in-situ repair and maintenance in hazardous and difficult-to-access workspaces such as, gas turbine engines, nuclear, off-shore installations.
Professor Axinte has currently in his research portfolio projects supported by various funding agencies (Horizon 2020, EPSRC, Innovate UK, ATI, industry). He has over 200 journal publications, 22 patents and he was the recipient of Rolls-Royce Innovation Award (2011) and Best Patent Award (2012). Dragos is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, and Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (FCIRP).