Contact Dr Lejun Chen

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Flight Physics
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability


Dr Lejun Chen obtained his PhD degree from the intelligent system group, the University of York. Recently, he has been appointed as a lecturer at the Centre of Aeronautics, Cranfield University. Before joining Cranfield, he was based on the control group at the University of Exeter. In the past ten years, he has been involved and working collaboratively with experts from industry and academia in international level cutting-edge research projects:

EU-FP7 project "Advanced Fault Diagnosis for Sustainable Flight Guidance and Control (ADDSAFE)" with participation for Airbus (France), DLR (Germany), STZAKI (Hungary), CNRS-IMS (France) and the Universities of Delft (The Netherlands), Leicester (U.K.) , Hull (U.K.) and Deimos (Spain).

HEIF5 infrastructure funded wind turbine fault tolerant control project.

EU-FP7 project "Reconfiguration of Control in Flight for Integral Global Upset Recovery (RECONFIGURE)". with participation for Airbus (France), DLR (Germany), STZAKI (Hungary), ONERA (France) and the Universities of Delft (The Netherlands),Exeter (U.K.), Cambridge(U.K.) and Deimos (Spain). His fault estimation and fault tolerant control schemes had been selected to be demonstrated on Airbus's flight simulator in Toulouse as part of the final project meeting.

EU (Horizon 2020)/Japan project "Validation of Integrated Safety-enhanced Intelligent flight cONtrol (VISION)". This project aims at developing smart fault detection and fault tolerant schemes for improving aircraft GNC based on the robust control technology or the vision-based system. In February 2017 and April 2018, his actuator condition monitoring and sensor fault tolerant control designs were flight-tested on a piloted aircraft in Tokyo. 

Current activities

Dr Chen's current research interests are in observation and control, and their application to aerospace and autonomous systems.


  • BAE Systems
  • JAXA
  • Airbus


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