Professor Lei Chen BEng, PhD, CEng

Professor Lei Chen

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Professor of Railway Operation and Control

Contact details

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

Professor Lei Chen, a Professor of Railway Operation and Control at The University of Birmingham, currently leads the Future Railway Operation and Control Theme at UKRRIN Digital System Innovation Centre, and Railway Operation Control and Simulation team at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

Qualifications

  • CEng in Railway Signalling and Control, Engineering Council, UK
  • 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

He qualified with a BEng in Automation Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University and a PhD in Engineering (Railway Traffic Management and Control) from The University of Birmingham. He is also qualified as a CEng (IRSE/EC) and Professor Engineer (China).

He has been working in the area of railway traffic management and train control since 2005, involved in several significant railway research and development projects in the UK and China, including the research and development of CBTC system, ETCS and next generation railway traffic management systems etc.

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

Teaching

  • Railway Management and Control
  • Railway Design Project
  • Sensing and Control for Autonomous Systems

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD in Railway Operation and Control
    • Railway traffic management and train control
    • Railway simulation and testing
    • Railway operation optimisation
    • Railway safety critical system design
  • MRes in Railway System

Research

Research Themes

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

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Ye, J, Stewart, E, Chen, Q, Chen, L & Roberts, C 2022, 'A vision-based method for line-side switch rail condition monitoring and inspection', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/09544097211059303

He, L, Chen, L, Liu, J, Roberts, C, Yu, S & Feng, X 2022, 'Passenger Flow-Oriented Metro Operation without Timetables', Applied Sciences, vol. 12, no. 10, 4999. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12104999

Zhao, N, Tian, Z, Hillmansen, S, Chen, L, Roberts, C & Gao, S 2022, 'Timetable optimization and trial test for regenerative braking energy utilization in rapid transit systems', Energies, vol. 15, no. 13, 4879. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15134879

Zhao, N, Tian, Z, Chen, L, Roberts, C & Hillmansen, S 2021, 'Driving strategy optimization and field test on an urban rail transit system', IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 34-44. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITS.2019.2926369

Tesar, M, Hytten, K, Hoskins, TK, Rosiek, J, Jackson, AY, Hand, M, Roberts, P, Opiniano, GA, Matapo, J, St. Pierre, EA, Azada-palacios, R, Kuby, CR, Jones, A, Mazzei, LA, Maruyama, Y, O'donnell, A, Dixon-román, E, Chengbing, W, Huang, Z, Chen, L, Peters, M & Jackson, L 2021, 'Philosophy of education in a new key: future of philosophy of education', Educational Philosophy and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2021.1946792

Samra, M, Chen, L, Roberts, C, Constantinou, C & Shukla, A 2021, 'TV white spaces handover scheme for enabling unattended track geometry monitoring from in-service trains', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 1161-1173. https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2019.2963876

Wen, T, Constantinou, C, Chen, L, Li, Z & Roberts, C 2019, 'A Practical Access Point Deployment Optimization Strategy In Communication-based Train Control Systems', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems , vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 3156-3167. https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2018.2873377

Wen, T, Ge, Q, Lyu, X, Chen, L, Constantinou, C, Roberts, C & Cai, B 2019, 'A cost-effective wireless network migration planning method supporting high-security enabled railway data communication systems', Journal of the Franklin Institute. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfranklin.2019.01.037

Hou, Z, Dong, H, Gao, S, Nicholson, G, Chen, L & Roberts, C 2019, 'Energy-saving metro train timetable rescheduling model considering ATO profiles and dynamic passenger flow', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems , vol. 20, no. 7, 8684279, pp. 2774-2785. https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2019.2906483

Wen, T, Dong, D, Chen, Q, Chen, L & Roberts, C 2019, 'Maximal information coefficient-based two-stage feature selection method for railway condition monitoring', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems , vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 2681-2690. https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2018.2881284

Wen, T, Constantinou, C, Chen, L, Tian, Z & Roberts, C 2018, 'Access point deployment optimization in CBTC data communication system', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 19, no. 6, 8115216, pp. 1985-1995. https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2017.2747759

Li, Z, Chen, L, Roberts, C & Zhao, N 2018, 'Dynamic Trajectory Optimization Design for Railway Driver Advisory System', IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 121-132. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITS.2017.2776134

Wang, Y, Chen, L, Kirkwood, D, Fu, P, lv, J & Roberts, C 2018, 'Hybrid Online Model-Based Testing for Communication-Based Train Control Systems', IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 35-47. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITS.2018.2842230

Zou, L, Wen, T, Wang, Z, Chen, L & Roberts, C 2018, 'State Estimation for Communication-Based Train Control Systems with CSMA Protocol', IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems . https://doi.org/10.1109/TITS.2018.2835655

Wang, J, Wang, J, Roberts, C, Chen, L & Zhang, Y 2017, 'A novel train control approach to avoid rear-end collision based on geese migration principle', Safety Science, vol. 91, pp. 373-380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2016.08.025

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