School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr Mike Simpson

Research Software Engineer


Mike is currently working as a Research Software Engineer in the Digital Institute. 

He is a graduate of Newcastle University, with a BSc in Computing Science and an MSc in Computer Games Engineering. He worked as a Game Programmer at a local studio for two years before returning to the university to start his PhD. His thesis was titled "Real-time Simulation of Rail Vehicle Dynamics" and involved using software and development practices from the game industry to develop and evaluate real-time 3D engineering simulations.

His research interests include using his skill (and video game technologies) for other applications, such as gamification in healthcare, virtual simulation and data visualisation. He also has experience of 3D graphics, web development and software engineering in a range of programming languages.