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.