Dr Siyuan Ji

MSc, PhD

Pronouns: He/him
  • Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering


Dr Siyuan Ji joined Loughborough University in November 2022 as a Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering. Previously he worked at the Department of Computer Science, University of York as a Lecturer in Safety-Critical Systems Engineering from November 2018. He was also the programme leader for the MSc Programme in Safety-Critical Systems Engineering in the 2021-22 academic year. Prior to this position, he was a Research Associate at Loughborough University for three years, where he started his journey in model-based systems engineering. Prior to becoming a systems engineer and researcher, he studied and obtained an MSc and PhD in Physics, both at the University of Nottingham.  

Qualifications and Awards

  • Ph.D., the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.  
  • MSc in Physics, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


Main research interests

Siyuan's main research primarily focuses on model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and model-based safety assessment (MBSA). Currently, he is developing the concept of model synchronisation, rationalisation and synthesis,which are essential for moving toward automated MBSE/MBSA. This research is envisioned to be significant for digital thread development. Types of systems that are of particular interest to him are: engine calibration systems, aircraft control systems, and healthcare systems. 

Current teaching responsibilities

Siyuan co-delivers the following modules under the Systems Engineering Level 7 Apprenticeship and the MSc Programme in Systems Engineering: 

  • WSP072/WSP772/WSD572 Systems Architecture 
  • WSP067/WSP767/WSD567 Systems Design 
  • WSP067/WSP766/WSD567 Validation & Verification 


Current external collaborators

  • BAE Systems 
  • Nuclear Waste Services 
  • Rolls-Royce 
  • Volkswagen Group CARIAD Company 
  • Object Management Group 

 Previous collaborators

  • Airbus 
  • Jaguar Land Rover 
  • US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)