Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Hamish Jamson

Principal Research Fellow

Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

Key Research Interests

  • Driving simulation, simulator development and validation
  • Human factors
  • Driver behaviour
  • Driver distraction

Employment History

  • 2008 - 2015: Principal Research Fellow and Facility Manager, University of Leeds Driving Simulator, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds (UoL).
  • 2001 - 2008: Senior Research Fellow and Facility Manager, Leeds Advanced Driving Simulator (LADS), ITS, UoL.
  • 1996 - 2001: Research Fellow, LADS, ITS, UoL.
  • 1993 - 1996: Research Officer, LADS, ITS, UoL.


  • 2011: PhD , Motion Cueing in Driving Simualtors for Research Applications, University of Leeds.
  • 1992: MSc, Flight Dynamics, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University.
  • 1991: BEng (Honours), Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Professional Engagements

  • Scientific Committee Member for the International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011).
  • Scientific Committee Member for the Driving Simulation Conference (2003, 2005, 2007).
  • Member of International Driving Simulator User Group.

Research Projects and Experience

  • In his 18 year experience, Hamish Jamson has worked on over 30 externally funded studies associated with driving simulator development, vehicle dynamics, driver performance, road safety and traffic engineering.
  • His PhD is in the field of motion cueing and its role in driving simulator validity.
  • He has led six major research projects as Principal Investigator for both public and private sector clients, with a combined income of almost £1.2m. The most significant of these was the on-time, on-budget development of the new, full motion University of Leeds Driving Simulator.
  • Module leader for TRAN3050 (Topics in Transport) for sessions 2010/11 and 2011/12
  • PhD supervisor to Zhitao Xiong and Peter Lawson


Book Chapters

  • Merat N; Jamson AH; Lai FH; Carsten O (2014) Human Factors of Highly Automated Driving: Results from the EASY and CityMobil Projects, Road Vehicle Automation, Lecture Notes in Mobility, Springer International Publishing, pp.113-125. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05990-7_11
  • Carsten O; Jamson AH (2011) Driving simulators as research tools in traffic psychology, Handbook of Traffic Psychology, pp.87-96. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-381984-0.10007-4
  • Jamson AH (2011) Cross-Platform Validation Issues, In: Fisher D; Rizzo M; Caird JK; Lee JD (Ed) Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine and Psychology, CRC Press, pp.157-168.
  • Merat N; Jamson AH; Lai FCH; Carsten OMJ (2010) Automated driving, secondary task performance and situation awareness, In: de Waard D; Axelsson A; Berglund M; Peters B; Weikert C (Ed) Human Factors: A system view of human, technology and organisation, Shaker Publishing B.V., pp.41-53.
  • Carsten OMJ; Zakowska L; Jamson AH (2005) Driver's Perception of Self-Explained Road Infrastructure and Architecture, In: Underwood G (Ed) Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application, Elsevier, pp.397-406.
  • Mendelson A; Curry E; Southall D; Jamson AH; Smith P (2004) Drivers' Perception of Secondary Braking Systems, In: Barton DC; Blackwood A (Ed) Vehicle Braking and Chassis Control, Professional Engineering Publishing Ltd., pp.61-103.
  • Ward NJ; Parkes AM; Arron KL; Jamson AH (1999) The Interpretation of Intelligent Brake Lights, In: Grayson GB (Ed) Behavioural Research in Road Safety XI, Transport Research Laboratory, pp.109-115.
  • Jamson AH (1999) Curve negotiation in the Leeds Driving Simulator: the role of driver experience, In: Harris D (Ed) Engineering Pychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, Volume Three, 3, Ashgate, pp.351-358.
  • Groeger JA; Carsten OMJ; Blana E; Jamson AH (1997) Speed and distance estimation under simulated conditions, In: Gale AG; Brown ID; Haslegrave CM; Taylor SP (Ed) Vision in Vehilcles VII, Elsevier, pp.291-300.

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