• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    My work is in the area of traffic/transport engineering and the environment. I am particularly interested in applying modelling and data analysis technique to address traditional transport engineering issues. Feel free to contact me regarding PhD topics within the following areas:

    - AI-Powered Traffic Signal Coordinations
    - Smart Information Tools for Reduce Emissions From Roads and Automotive in Inner-city

    Personal profile


    Francis has over 25 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in the field of Transport. Before joining Aston University, he had been a Lecturer at the College of Professional and Continuing Education of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for about 15 years, managing developing and delivering teaching materials for transport, statistics and mathematics related subjects up to post-graduate level. During his services at the HK PolyU, he has been a Principal Investigator and/or Project Leader for a number of funded research and consultancy projects.

    Before joining the academia, he worked in an American transport consultancy firm, during which he worked on projects in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and numerous cities in the Mainland China. This provided him with solid transport consultancy project experiences as Senior Transport Analyst and Quality Assurance Manager.

    He is currently a Chartered Member of CILT(UK) and a Fellow of AdvanceHE.

    Research Interests

    • Development and Applicaitons of Driving Cycles
    • Vehicle Emissions and Energy Consumptions
    • Traffic Engineering
    • Transport Modelling
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems
    • Urban Freight Transport Data Analysis


    • PhD in Transportation, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • BSc (Hon) in Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • Fellow of AdvanceHE

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered Member (CMILT), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
    • Member, Intelligent Transportation Systems Hong Kong (ITSHK)

    Teaching Activity

    • Mathematics for Transport Planners
    • Modelling
    • Application of Transport Models
    • Advanced Transport Modelling

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    2023 - 2024Improving Freight Visibility to inform Freight Transport Policy Development (Funded by Policy Support Fund, Aston)
    2022 - 2023West Midlands Freight Transport Observatory (WMFTO) Study (Funded by TfWM)
    2020 - 2022Development of Driving Cycles for Battery Electric Bus Routes in Hong Kong (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2017 - 2019Development of Updated Driving Cycles for Hong Kong (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2016Electrification of Single-Deck Bus and Minibus in Hong Kong (Funded by CPU of HKSAR Government)
    2015 - 2017A Study on the Estimation of Induced Traffic due to changes in Expressway Capacities (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2013 - 2014Investigating the Value of Services for Franchised Bus Transport  (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2011 - 2012Passenger Perception of Satisfaction and Quality of Bus Services (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU



    • Research Peace Award 2019 – The Best Researcher in Transportation and Environment (Awarded by RULA Awards & IJRULA)
    • Superior Research-Scholarly Performance Award (CPCE, HK PolyU)

    Scholarship and Fellowship

    • 2013 - Present, Research Fellow, Hong Kong Road Research Laboratory (HKRRL)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Transportation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    BSc, Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    FHEA, Fellow of AdvanceHE

    External positions

    Guest Editor for the Journal - Sustainability

    30 Jan 202330 Apr 2024

    Research Fellow

    2013 → …


    • HE Transportation and Communications
    • Driving Cycles
    • Vehicle Emissions and Energy Consumption
    • Transport Modelling
    • Traffic Engineering
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems


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