Michael Daly

Michael Daly



  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 1992.

Employment History

  • 2008-present, Driving Simulator Programmer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 1998-2008, Research Engineer, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds.
  • 1992-1998, Research Assistant, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds.

Recent Research Projects and Experience

  • Smart Motorways Roadworks Length and Spacing (SM-RLS) is looking at the effects of different roadworks and their lengths on driver behaviour. Design new signs and build the road layouts, 2020.
  • Making full use of Automation for National Transport and Road Authorities (MANTRA). Design a road network in Aimsun to simulate vehicle traffic along the M62 motorway between Leeds and east of Manchester during a typical rush hour. The simulated trucks were a mixture of automated and standard trucks, 2019/2020.
  • Smart Motorways Signalling on the Approach to Incidents (SM-INSIG) is looking at the effects of road signs on a decision making of drivers during incidents on smart motorways. Design new signs and implement road layout and scenarios, 2019.
  • Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads (L3Pilot) is piloting level-3 functions on real cars on real roads. Make a simulator study to look at how well drivers accept vehicle automation during different levels of automation and driving conditions, 2019.
  • Look at the interaction netween trucks and cyclists on roads and particularly on urban road junctions (xCycle). Implement scenarios and different human machine interface (hmi) devices inside the truck, 2018.
  • Create visual scenes for the driving simulator as an aid to investigate the cultural responses towardas traffic safety and road environment (Chinebuli), 2018.
  • Develop scenarios to simulate an urban/rural road environment containing different road conditions/obstacles and examine how a human driver would react to the challenges (HumanDrive), 2017.
  • Analyse data from simulated runs looking at the effects on different signage around roadworks on smart motorways (Signalling For Roadworks), 2017.
  • Design and implement various scenarios looking in to the effects of driver decision making while driving in challenging road environments whilst under time pressure (Next Generation - Driver Behaviour Model) ,2017.

Computing Experience

  • Operating Systems:
    • DOS, Windows, Linux
  • Languages:
    • C/C++, MATLAB, R, PHP/MySQL/HTML, lua, Ruby, lisp
  • Software:
    • Presagis Creator (3D graphical modelling)
    • Aimsun (Micro Simulation modelling)
    • Rational Rose


  • Driving simulator development.

Research interests


Student education

MSc students

  • Co-supervisor for an MSc student looking at the environmental impacts of automated trucks on the M62 motorway network.

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety