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Dr Feng Chen

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) (Software Technology Research Laboratory STRL))

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7860




Personal profile

I was awarded my BSc, Mphil and PhD in computer science at Nankai University, Dalian University of Technology and De Montfort University in 1991, 1994 and 2007. My PhD thesis focuses on modernising legacy systems through model construction and transformation. A unified approach is proposed in the context of Model Driven Architecture (MDA) to extract different level of models from legacy source code. 

I have been an active researcher in the area of software engineering and knowledge engineering, focusing on its emerging themes including Service Oriented Architecture, Model Driven Architecture, Cloud/Edge Computing, Mobile Computing, Internet of Things and Cyber Physical System, with the long term aim of building a coherent set of conceptual frameworks, methods and tool support for the development of Smart Environments and Ambient Assisted Living Systems. 

I have a strong background in a combination of academic research and industrial application. I have gained invaluable understanding of system software, distributed systems, real-time systems, critical systems and security systems through many projects. As research outputs, I have published 74 research papers in refereed conferences and Journals.

Research group affiliations

Cyber Technology Institute

Key research outputs


Research interests/expertise

Software Engineering

Software Re-engineering

Distributed Computing

Software Evolution

Software Architecture

Program/Model Transformation

Domain Specific Modelling

Knowledge Engineering

Areas of teaching

Software Engineering 


2015 to 2016, PGCertHE, De Montfort University, UK

Apr. 2003 to Jul. 2007, Doctor of Philosophy in Software Engineering, Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL), De Montfort University, UK

Sep. 1991 to Jul. 1994, Master Degree in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering Department, Dalian University of Technology, China

Sep. 1987 to Jul. 1991, Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Computer Science Department, NanKai University, China

Courses taught

Postgraduate Course:

Advanced Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture/ Requirement Analysis and Cloud-based Systems

Software Project Management and Testing/ Software Quality Assurance and Testing

Undergraduate Course:

Server and Storage Solutions,

Lab of Java Programming/ OO Software Design 

Membership of professional associations and societies

IEEE Membership


SOCRADES EU Project, EU Research project, 03/2009-03/2010. The developed engineering tool was used by Ford UK Ltd.

SPADzeroTM Sign Communication Control System for Dailys UK Ltd., 06/2007-12/2007. SPADzeroä is a stand-alone executable software product for data distribution to remote display.

FermaT Integrated Platform (FIPfor Software Maintenance Ltd. (SML), UK, 07/2005–06/2007. The software product has been used for program analysis, demonstration and training by SML.

SIFT Project for Fuji Film Company, 04/2004-10/2004. The developed image processing software package was tested and delivered to Fuji Film Company.

PLC Simulation System for 2000t/d Cement Product Line, 06/2002-12/2002. The system was used by Beijing Building Materials Industry School for teaching and training.

MIS for Environmental Protection Administration, 08/2001-12/2002. The system was installed in Dalian and Dandong Bureau of Environmental Protection Administration. The software won the Second Class of Dalian Information System Application Prize, China.

Multi-interface Virtual Operating System Based on Windows (VRTOS), 02/2001-02/2002. VRTOS was used for developing W-CDMA and 3G protocol stack in Dalian HuaChang Electronics & Communication Technology Co. Ltd., China.

IC Card Tax Declaration System, 06/1998-12/1999. The system was filed as a practical new style patent of China, titled “General Smart Card Declaration Terminal” (ZL 96 2 39055.0).

Counselling System for Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine, 08/1995-02/1996. The Software was awarded Golden Snake Prize in 1996. The software was used by Dalian Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine for more than 10 years.

Phosphate Elimination Control System for Prominent GMBH, Germany, Research project, Part of BMFT Grant (02WA9029/1). 01/1995-07/1995. The neuro-fuzzy learning algorithm based controller was installed in Heldelberg sewage plant, Germany to improve the effort of biological phosphate elimination and reduces 30% usage of the chemical dosage.

Conference attendance

Local Chair, IEEE Smart World Congress (SWC2019)

General Chair2nd Workshop on advanced Technologies for Smarter Assisted Living solutions: Towards an open Smart Home infrastructure (SmarterAAL'19)

Program Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2018), IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award

Program Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Software Cybernetics 2017 (IWSC2017)

Program Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Software Cybernetics 2016 (IWSC2016)

Technical program committee member, more than 10 international conferences

Key articles information

(IF=4.639) Triboan, D. Chen, L., Chen, F., Wang, Z. (2019) A semantics-based approach to sensor data segmentation in real-time Activity Recognition. Future Generation Computer Systems. 93, 224-236

(IF=3.557) Ding F., Liu Y., Chen X., Chen F. (2018). Rising Star Evaluation in Heterogeneous Social Network. IEEE Access. 6, 29436-29443

(IF=3.241) Zhang, Y., Guo, H., Chen, F., Yang, H. (2017) Weighted kernel mapping model with spring simulation based watershed transformation for level set image segmentation. Neurocomputing. 249, 1-18

(IF=2.278) Yang, H. Chen, F., Aliyu, Y. (2017) Modern software cybernetics: New trends. Journal of Systems and Software, 124, 169-186

(IF=1.924) Triboan, D. Chen, L., Chen, F., Wang, Z. (2017) Semantic segmentation of real-time sensor data stream for complex activity recognition. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 21(3), 411-425

Cope, J., Siewe, F., Chen, F., Maglaras, L., Janicke, H. (2017) On data leakage from non-production systems, Information & Computer Security, 25(4), 454-474, Emerald

Cope, J., Maglaras, L., Siewe, F., Chen, F., Janicke (2017) A Framework for Minimising Data Leakage from Non-Production Systems. Book chapter, In book: Bigdata Analytics: Tools and Technology for Effective Planning. Chapman and Hall/CRC.

Psychoula, I., Chen, L., Chen, F. (2017) “Privacy modelling and management for assisted living within smart homes”, e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom), IEEE. (Best Paper)

(IF=1.063) Triboan, D. Chen, L., Chen, F., Wang, Z. (2016) Towards a Service-oriented Architecture for a Mobile Assistive System with Real-time Environmental Sensing. Tsinghua Science & Technology. 21(6), 581-597

Chen, F., Al-Bayatti, A., Siewe, F. (2016) Context-aware Cloud Computing for Personal Learning Environment. Book chapter, In book: Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes, IGI Global.

(IF=0.613) Chen, F. et al. (2014) A Precondition-based Approach to Workflow Oriented Software Re-engineering. Computer Science and Information Systems, 11(1), 1-27

AlHakami, H., Chen, F., Janicke, H. (2014) An Extended Stable Marriage Problem Algorithm for Clone Detection. International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications (IJSEA). 5(4), 103-122

AlHakami, H., Chen, F., Janicke, H. (2014) SMP-Based Approach for Intelligent Service Interaction, International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA). Special Issue on Extended Papers from Science and Information Conference 2014, 124-131

Current research students

Alhasan, Khawla  Second Supervisor

Aliyu, Suleiman  First Supervisor

Da Silva Machado, Eduardo  Second Supervisor

Fallmann, Sarah  Second Supervisor

Ma, Fengbao  First Supervisor

Psychoula, Ismini  Second Supervisor 

Singh, Lakhvir  Second Supervisor 

Triboan, Darpan  Second Supervisor

Yagnik, Tarjana  First Supervisor

Zheng, Yumei  Second Supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

"Acrossing - Advanced TeChnologies and PlatfoRm fOr Smarter ASsisted LivING" (2016-2019, € 3.8M, DMU € 810K). Co-I, Coordinator of EU Horizon 2020 project.

"Affordable Virtual Engineering Tools" (2014-2015, £60K). PI, TSB KTP project.

Internally funded research project information

“A Feasibility Study of the Use of Smart Textiles to Support Assistive Living” (2017-2018, £2K). PI, internal RIF project, De Montfort University, UK

Ÿ“Marketing of Professional Training Courses within Cyber Technologies” (3 months, 2016). Supervisor, Internship project, De Montfort University, UK

Published patents

"General Smart Card Declaration Terminal" (1998). A Practical New Style Patent of China (ZL 96 2 39055.0, First Order in Four Inventers).

Professional esteem indicators


IEEE Transactions on Reliability; Journal of Systems and Software (Elsevier);

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal (Springer);

Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (Wiley);

Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering;

Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (Springer);

Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (IOS). 


PhD external examiner: Masoud Khamallag, University of Bradford, Towards an Improved Framework of E-Government Implementation in Chaotic Environment; Proposed Social Collaboration Model. 2018

PhD external examiner: Richard Greenwell, Edinburgh Napier University, An Approach to the Semantic Intelligence Cloud. 2017

PhD internal examiner at De Montfort University: more than 10 students.


External academic panel member for Review of Course Provision: Postgraduate Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire, July 2016.

External academic panel member for a validation of BSc (Hons) Software Engineering and Network Engineering programmes at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich, April 2015.