Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Andrew Tomlinson

Research Assistant

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 37193
Room: 235 Physics Deck
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

Background and Responsibilities

I am employed on the Programme for Simulator Innovation (PSI) project which is a collaboration between the University of Leeds Driving Simulator and Jaguar Land Rover and funded by the EPSRC. The aim of the project  to investigate the role that driving simulators can play in the design of future cars.

My work involves maintaining and developing software for the University of Leeds driving simulator, to implement new simulator features.

As a late arriver in the field of transportation studies my professional background is in software engineering and my role within the driving simulator allows me to combine both interests.

Employment History

  • 2014 to present, Research Assistant, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2003 to 2009, Senior IT Project Officer, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield
  • 1994 to 2003, Owner and Managing Director of Softmatics Ltd, Software Engineering and Systems House specialising in quality control and quality assurance systems for the world-wide steel manufacturing industry
  • 1990 to 1994, Senior Lecturer, The School of Computing and Mathematics, The University of Huddersfield.
  • 1986 to 1990, Senior Software Engineer, Concol Systems Ltd, Chesterfield
  • 1984 to 1986, Software Engineer, nCode International, Sheffield.


  • 2014, PhD - Using the Academic Timetable to Influence Student Trip Making Behaviour, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 2008, MSc Transport Planning, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 1984, MSc (By Research) Computer Science, The University of Manchester.
  • 1983, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, North Staffordshire Polytechnic.
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