Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Systems Engineering
  • Throughlife Engineering Services


Dr Haochen Liu received his PhD degree in 2018 from the Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He also has MSc and BEng degrees from the Xi'an Jiaotong University. He joined in Cranfield University in April 2019. His research activities focused on thermal problem FEM simulation analysis, infrared thermography nondestructive testing & evaluation and corresponding applications in industry areas.

Research opportunities

Research interests, comprising:

  1. Railway Maintenance
  2. Robotic system command & control, sensing.
  3. Non-destructive testing & Evaluation system
  4. Thermal modelling and simulation
  5. Thermography imaging and processing
  6. Structure health monitoring and degradation analysis

Current activities

Haochen Liu is a Research Fellow in industrial inspection in the Centre for Life-cycle Engineering and Management (CLEM). He is currently working on the project of Command and Control System for Robotic Inspection and Repair System (RIRS) railway demonstrator in IN2SMART2(GA\881574), Shift2Rail, European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. (2020-2022). 

Experienced projects include:

  • Prototype Development of A Real-time Electronic Counterfeit Batch Inspection Technique (RECBIT) project 
  • EPSRC Platform Grant: From Science to Instruments. 

His research is related to automation inspection, automated inspection, autonomous systems, infrared thermography NDT system, thermal problem numerical simulation,  image processing, degradation analysis, counterfeit screening for integrated components, infrastructures. 


  • Network Rail
  • Lloyd's Register Foundation


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