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Dr Jun Chen
BSc (Honours), MSc (Distinction), PhD, FHEA

Dr Jun Chen

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science
Project coordinator
Chair of Taught Postgraduate Subject Examination Board

+44 (0)20 7882 8873
Engineering 310, Mile End

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support hours:
Wednesday: 12:00 - 15:00
Expertise: My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control Engineering with a significant overlap with Systems Engineering. Over the years, I have consolidated and structured my research along three themes: modelling, optimisation and decision, four cross-cutting application areas: intelligent decision support for airport operations, human factors & brain-computer interface, future flight deck automation systems and intelligent sewer networks, sponsored by EPSRC and industry and supported by the well-balanced research team consisting of senior academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.
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Affiliations: Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
Turing Fellow

Brief Biography

Dr Chen is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science at QMUL. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in areas of multi-objective optimisation, interpretable fuzzy systems, data-driven modelling, and intelligent transportation systems. Dr Chen was among the first researchers to investigate the trade-off between taxi time and fuel consumption in airport ground movements (EP/H004424/2), and proposed the Active Routing (AR) concept. AR forms the cornerstone of a major ongoing EPSRC funded project (EP/N029496/1, EP/N029356/1 and EP/N029577/1, in total in excess of £1M) for which Dr Chen is the lead PI (with BAEs, AirFrance-KLM, Rolls Royce, Manchester and Zurich Airports, and Simio plc.). He has also been the PI on EPSRC-QMUL IAA projects, four industrial projects with Anglian Water, and was the CI on three Innovate UK projects (with IMS and Tesco plc, and Siemens). He serves as a full member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He is also a Turing Fellow at Alan Turing Institute.

Dr Chen is working closely with industries and regulatory bodies to produce guidance on safe, secure and successful adoption of AI technologies in Aeronautical systems, in particular for ground-based systems. Under European regulations (e.g. EU REG 373/2017), all software used in the delivery of Air Navigation Services (ANS) is required to be developed according to established software assurance processes such as from ED-109 or ED-153. This involves assigning a software assurance level (SWAL) based on the criticality of the software in the chain of the ANS delivery and impacts on that service should failures in the software occur. Each assurance level imposes an increasing burden regarding process, procedure and documentation requirements that must be followed during the software development lifecycle. In addition to the EU regulations, there are ISO standards (such as ISO/IEC 12207) which provide good practice software lifecycles regardless if the software is for ANS or not.

Following the above best practice and taking a systems approach, the ground-based decision support system developed within Dr Chen's group aligned to these development methodologies as early in the development as possible to ensure smooth transition to operational deployment in future.