School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Leo Chen

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design


Dr Leo Chen (BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA, SMIEEE, MIET)

Dr Chen has a high level output of research publications in leading international journals and presentations at international conferences, which related to the research area of artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, robotics and autonomous systems, industry 4.0 and studies in multi-disciplinary contexts, e.g. an academic paper published in a nature family journal - Palgrave Communications (, which demonstrates significant research and grant potential in engineering and cross-disciplinary applications.

Dr Chen has published over 100 academic articles in both high-impact international academic journals and conferences, over 20 invited seminars and talks, over 10 authorised patents. Dr Chen is one of an academic journal (CAS JCR Q2) editorial board members, and he has been one of the Guest Editors for 5 special issues in this area. Also, Dr Chen has been a regular reviewer for over 30 journals as a Publons' top 1% of reviewers in Computer Science and Engineering ( and Book manuscripts reviewer for Publishers, including: Springer, Elsevier, IEEE, Cambridge University Press, CRC Press. Dr Chen has been the Programme Committee member or organiser for over 10 international conferences, including IEEE/ASME/ACM/Springer conferences. For example, as of the co-organiser of the WCCI'16 Special Session on Computational Intelligence for Industry 4.0 and CEC'19 Special Session on Evolutionary Computation for Creativity, Manufacture and Engineering Management in the Industry 4.0 Era.

He has been taking a leading role in the previous and current department to maintain multi-disciplinary research links, and develop external research collaborations both nationally and internationally. He has been actively involved in both academic research and KTP projects as PI and CoI funded by EPSRC (UK), Horizon2020 (EU), NSFC (China), National Key Research and Development Program of China, SAFEA: High-End Foreign Experts Project and Industrial funding bodies. Dr Chen has graduated 2 PhD and over 30 MSc research students, is supervising 2 PhD students, and has examined over 30 PhD/MSc students' theses as both internal and external examiner.  

Associate Editorship
  •  PLOS One
Editorial Board Member
  •   Inderscience, International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation (SCI indexed, IF=3.969, JCR=Q2)
  •, Recent Patents on Engineering (EI indexed)
Guest Editorship:

Volunteer Activities:

  • Member of UKRI Peer Review College - Future Leaders Fellowships  
  • Member of EPSRC Associate Peer Review College  
  • Member of COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database, Knowledge Exchange Unit, UK Parliament  
  • Member of Government's COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database, Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team, UK Government  
  • IET Mentor | Professional Review Interviewer  

The CIAD Book:

  • CIAD Book Test Functions MATLAB Codes:
              (1) IEEE Code Ocean               
              (2) Github
              (3) Mathworks 

  • Researcher ID: P-8641-2017
  • Scopus Author Identifier: 56021250400

International Conference and Workshop:



  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing 
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Data Analytics


Taught a broad range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in computational intelligence, software and programming,dynamics, control engineering, engineering design, mathematical modelling.

  • MEC8095 : MSc Project: Mechanical and Systems Engineering
  • MEC3098 : Mechanical Engineering Project
  • Modern Control Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation of Robotic Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology 
  • Scientific Writing 



  • Engineering Vibration
  • Engineering Computing
  • Prognostics and Health Management 
  • Engineering Design and Analysis
  • Introduction to Software Testing