Simon Bell

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Simon's research sits at the intersection between Meteorology, Web Development and the Internet of Things. In particular how real-time software platforms are used to manage, store and visualise meteorological data.


From 2014 to 2020 Simon has worked on the Wintersense project ( Combining cutting-edge hardware and software to make road surface temperature observations at a spatial resolution previously unattainable. Such a system allows winter road managers to more efficiently manage the gritting of roads over the winter season. This solution has recently been licensed to Campbell Scientific Ltd.

Since 2019 Simon has led the technical side of the Birmingham Urban Observatory ( This research platform enables insights into urban phenomena, from heat waves, to flooding, to air pollution and much more.

Over the last few years Simon has also applied the developed software and hardware to the infamous "leaves on the line" problem, where autumnal leaf-fall causes low adhesion on railway tracks.

Sustainable Development Goals