About the Manchester Robotics team

The founders have more than 40 years combined experience in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

Professor CONSTANTINOS soutis

director & co-founder

Constantinos Soutis PhD(Cantab), FREng is Director and co-founder of Manchester Robotics Limited, and Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester (UK). His research focuses on damage mechanics of lightweight materials and real time structural health monitoring. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 ISI listed papers and successfully supervised over 40 PhD students.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. The Academy’s Fellows represent the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. 

dr Alexandru Stancu

CEO, director & co-founder

Dr. Alexandru Stancu is the CEO, Director and co-founder of Manchester Robotics Limited and currently is a Lecturer in Robotics and Control Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. He received a European Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in Control Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Spain) in 2004.

Dr. Stancu is authored and co-authored over 40 articles and has managed or co-managed over GBP 3M in research grant contracts. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems, fault tolerant control, interval analysis for uncertainty propagation.


CTO & co-founder

Dr Mario Martinez is the CTO of Manchester Robotics Limited. He attended the University of Manchester where he received the M.Sc. degree in Advanced Control and System Engineering in 2015, and received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics from School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2021. He was majored as a Mechatronic Engineer with distinction from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. He has six years of experience as a Mechatronic design engineer and consultant for Schneider Electric in the R&D department, specialised in mechanical and electronic research for circuit breakers and surge protective devices with two patents pending. 

Phil kemp


Phil has worked for 30 years in the IT/Telecoms and the Property industry. During this time he held various national and international roles in IBM, Nokia, IWG (Regus/Spaces) and Bruntwood. He was formerly CEO for Bruntwood SciTech, a 50/50 joint venture with Legal & General, developing a network of innovation districts in the UK.
Phil is now an experienced Board advisor, working with a number of social enterprises and for-profit organisations in the technology, property and educational sectors. 
Phil holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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