Sheng received the BEng degree in control engineering from the East China Petroleum Institute in January 1982 and the PhD degree in control engineering from the City University at London in September 1986. In 2005, he was awarded the higher doctoral degree, Doctor of Sciences (DSc), by the University of Southampton.
He joined the School of Electronics and Computer Science, the University of Southampton in September 1999, where he currently holds the post of Professor in Intelligent System and Signal Processing. He previously held research and academic appointments at the Universities of Sheffield, Edinburgh and Portsmouth. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Professor Chen is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of IET (FIET), and a Fellow of IEEE (FIEEE). He was elected to a Fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.
Sheng's research interests are in learning theory and neural networks, adaptive signal processing for communications, wireless communications, modelling and identification of nonlinear systems, evolutionary computation methods and optimisation.
In the original database of the world's most highly cited researchers in various disciplines, compiled by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) of the USA, Professor Chen is on the list of the highly cited researchers in the engineering category (March 2004). Web of Science Citations Google Scholar