Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Gustav Markkula

Associate Professor

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 39832
Room: Driving Simulator (4.20f Physics Deck)
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

Key Research Interests

  • Driver behaviour
  • Perception and sensorimotor control
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Vehicle safety
  • Virtual testing

Employment History

  • 2015-present, Associate Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2014-2015, Technology Specialist Driver Behaviour Modelling, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, Sweden
  • 2004-2014, Systems Engineer, Volvo Group Trucks Technology (formerly Volvo Technology), Sweden


  • PhD, Driver behavior models for evaluating automotive active safety, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2015
  • MSc Engineering Physics / Complex Adaptive Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2004 

PhD students


  • Lei "Jerry" Qian - Driver Models for Assessing Driving Simulators
  • Panagiotis Spyridakos - Human Machine Interface: Interaction and Evaluation in Driving Environments Using Computational Modelling
  • Jessica Taylor-Ashley - Haptic Shared Control as a Solution to Current Human Factors Issues in Automated and Manual Driving

Research Projects and Experience

  • Programme for Simulation Innovation (PSi) Theme 3 "Driving Simulation", funded by EPSRC, 2015-present, Principal Investigator.
  • Quantitive Driver Behaviour Modelling for Active Safety Assessment (QUADRA), funded by VINNOVA, Sweden, 2010-2015. Industrial PhD student.
  • QUADRA pre-study, funded by VINNOVA, Sweden, 2009. Project manager.
  • Methods for design and evaluation of heavy vehicle stability systems, funded by ViP/VINNOVA, Sweden, 2008-2009. Researcher.
  • Open Platform for Nomadic Devices, funded by VINNOVA, Sweden, 2008-2009. Researcher.
  • Adaptive Integrated Driver-vehicle InterfacE (AIDE), funded by EC FP6, 2005-2008, Researcher (2005-2006) and Coordinator (2007-2008).
  • In-house Volvo projects relating to driver distraction monitoring and driver workload management, 2004-2010. Systems engineer, prototype development.


Book Chapters

  • Engström J; Victor T; Markkula G (2013) Attention selection and multitasking in everyday driving: A conceptual model, Driver Distraction and Inattention: Advances in Research and Countermeasures, 1, pp.27-54.


  • Victor T; Bärgman J; Boda C-N; Dozza M; Engström J; Flannagan C; Lee JD; Markkula G (2014) Safer Glances, Driver Inattention, and Crash Risk: An Investigation Using the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study, .
  • Markkula G; Karlsson A-S; Laine L; Dela N (2011) A pilot evaluation of using large movement driving simulator experiments to study driver behaviour influence on active safety systems for commercial heavy vehicles, .

Conference Papers

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