Digital Institute

Staff Profile

Dr Mike Simpson

Research Software Engineer


Dr Mike Simpson is a Research Software Engineer working 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 the application of games industry technologies for other applications - such as gamification in healthcare - as well as virtual simulation and data visualisation. He also has experience of 3D graphics, web development and software engineering in a range of programming languages.