Dr Lei Chen BEng, PhD, MIAROR, MRRUK


Research Fellow of Railway Traffic Management and Train Control

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Dr Lei Chen

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7522

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 4291

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

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Lei Chen is a Research Fellow of Railway Traffic Management in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. He has been working in the area of railway traffic management and train control over the last 7 years, involved in several large railway research and development projects in the UK and China. He is currently mainly working on the EC FP-7 Project ONTIME, responsible for a number of tasks on real time railway traffic management and system data modelling and integration. He also works extensively with the railway industry in Britain and China. 



  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Railway Traffic Management and Control), The University of Birmingham
  • BSc (with Distinction) in Automation Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University


Lei Chen qualified with a BSc with distinction in Automation Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2005. He went on a successive Master-PhD study in Traffic Information and Control Engineering in Beijing Jiaotong University from 2005. During the period of 2005-2008, he was involved in a number of projects on railway simulation, research and development of CBTC systems and CTCS etc at the State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control and Safety.

He qualified with a PhD in Civil Engineering (Railway Traffic Management and Control) from The University of Birmingham in 2012. He became Research Fellow in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering in The University of Birmingham since 2012.

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


Research Themes 

Lei’s research interests lie in the area of Railway Traffic Management, Train Control, Railway Simulation and Optimisation.

Research Activity 

Current research projects include:


  • EC FP7 – Optimal networks for train integration management across Europe (ON-TIME) (2011-2014)
  • Network Rail – Visualisation of train delay impact data in order to improve decision making (2012-2013)
  • Network Rail – Simulation Tools and Algorithms for Railway Traffic Management (2009-2011)
  • Department for Transport – Railway Capability Trade-offs (2009-2011)

Other activities


  • Member of IAROR
  • Member of RRUKA



  1. Chen, L., B. Ning, T. Xu, (2007), “Research on Modeling and Simulation of Vehicle-on-board Automatic Train Protection Subsystem of Communication Based Train Control System”, Proceeding of ICVES’07, IEEE ITS Society, pp. 1-5.
  2. Chen, L., B. Ning, T. Tang. (2008), “Modeling and simulation of train tracing control system under MABS using CPN”, 7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2008. pp. 8193-8197. 
  3. Chen L., B. Ning, Y. Zhang, T. Tang. (2009), “Colored Petri Nets Based Modelling and Simulation of Train Tracing Process of CBTC system”, Journal of System Simulation, Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 637-641, . Chinese.
  4. 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, IMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
  5. Chen, L., F. Schmid, B. Ning, C. Roberts, T. Tang. (2010). “A Cooperative Strategy Framework of Train Rescheduling for Portal Junctions Leading Into Bottleneck Sections.” Computers in Railways XII. Computer System Design and Operation in Railways and Other Transit Systems: 935-944.
  6. J. Lv, K. Li, T. Tang & L. Chen. (2012). “HCSP formal modeling and verification method and its application in the hybrid characteristics of a high speed train control system.” Computers in Railways XIII.
  7. H. Wang, F. Schmid, L. Chen, C. Roberts, T. Xu (2012), “A Topology-based Model for Railway Train Control Systems.” Submitted to IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transport Systems. 

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