Dr Lei Chen BEng, PhD, MIRSE

 

Birmingham Fellow / Lecturer in Railway Traffic Management and Train Control

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Dr Lei Chen

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7409

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 4291

Email l.chen.3@bham.ac.uk

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Dr Lei Chen is a Birmingham Fellow (research focused Lecturer) in railway traffic management and train control. He leads the Railway Control and Simulation Subgroup at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education where his research work is delivered. His research interest mainly covers railway traffic management and train control, railway simulation and testing, and railway safety critical system design. He works extensively with the railway industry in UK and overseas including Europe, China and US etc.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Railway Traffic Management and Control), The University of Birmingham, UK
  • BEng(with first class) in Automation Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Biography

Dr Lei Chen is currently a Birmingham Fellow (research focused lecturer) at The University of Birmingham, and leading the Railway Control and Simulation Subgroup at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. He qualified with a BEng in Automation Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2005, and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Railway Traffic Management and Control) from The University of Birmingham in 2012. He has been working in the area of railway traffic management and train control since 2005, involved in several large railway research and development projects in the UK and China, including the research and development of CBTC system, CTCS and next generation railway traffic management systems.

His research interest mainly covers railway traffic management and train control, railway simulation and testing, and railway safety critical system design. He also works extensively with the railway industry in the UK and overseas including Europe, China and US etc.

He was awarded IMechE W. A. Agnew Meritorious/C. N. Goodall Award in 2010, and The Michael K. O’Rourke PhD Publications Award in 2012.

Postgraduate supervision

Lei currently supervises two PhD students, working on:

  • CBTC system simulation and testing methods;
  • Simulation, modelling and optimisation of ERTMS data communication systems.

He also co-supervises two PhD students with other academic staff working on:

  • Architecture and algorithms development for next generation railway traffic management systems;
  • CBTC data communication systems simulation and optimisation.

PhD opportunities

Research

Research Themes 

  • Railway traffic management and train control
  • Railway simulation and testing
  • Railway system optimisation
  • Railway safety critical system design

Publications

  1. Journal Article - Chen, L., C. Roberts, F. Schmid, E. Stewart. “Modeling and Solving Train Rescheduling Problems in Railway Bottleneck Sections”. IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transport Systems, Vol: PP , Issue: 99, DOI:10.1109/TITS.2014.2379617, pp. 1-9, 2014.
  2. Journal Article - Chen, L., F. Schmid, M. Dasigi, B. Ning, C. Roberts, T. Tang. (2010). "Real-time train rescheduling in junction areas." Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit 224(F6): 547-557. (W. A. Agnew Meritorious/C. N. Goodall Award 2010 of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
  3. Journal Article - J. Wang, J. Wang, C. Roberts, L. Chen, “Parallel Monitoring for the Next Generation of Train Control Systems”, IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transport Systems, Accepted, 2014. 
  4. Journal Article - Shuai Su, Tao Tang, Lei Chen, Bo Liu. “Energy-efficient train control in urban rail transit systems”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, doi: 10.1177/0954409713515648, 2014.
  5. Journal Article - S. YANG, L. CHEN, C. ROBERTS, X. WANG, “Case study: feature-based analysis of electric arc on railway signal cables” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F, Rail and Rapid Transit, doi: 10.1177/0954409713494946, 2014.
  6. Journal Article - C. Roberts, L. Chen, “Optimal Networks for Train Integration Management across Europe”, European Railway Review, vol. 19, issue 3, 2013.
  7. Journal Article - H. Wang, N. Zhao, L. Chen. “An integrated capacity evaluation method for CBTC-system-equipped urban rail lines”. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, doi: 0954409713511448. 2013.
  8. Journal Article - H. Wang, T. Tang, C. Roberts, C. Gao, L Chen, F. Schmid. “A novel framework for supporting the design of moving block train control system schemes”. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, doi: 0954409713495015, 2013.
  9. Journal Article - S. Yang, C. Roberts, L. Chen, “Development and performance analysis of a novel impedance bond for railway track circuits”, IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013, p. 50 – 55, 2013.
  10. Journal Article - H. Wang, F. Schmid, L. Chen, C. Roberts, T. Xu “A Topology-Based Model for Railway Train Control Systems.” IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transport Systems, Vol. 14, Issue. 2, pp. 819 – 827, 2013.
  11. Journal Article - Chen L., B. Ning, Y. Zhang, T. Tang. “Colored Petri Nets Based Modeling and Simulation of Train Tracing Process of CBTC system”, Journal of System Simulation, Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 637-641, 2009. Chinese.

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