Dr Andrew Mark Tomlinson

Dr Andrew Mark Tomlinson


I am responsible for managing the day to day operations of the ITS simulation facilities, which comprise a full motion vehicle (car) simulator, a truck simulator and a large pedestrian simulator.

I also play a small role in maintaining and developing the software for the University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS), to in implementing new simulator features.

I have a teaching role within ITS for 1.5 days/week on average where I am mainly focused on Masters and Undergraduate teaching around Public Transport and in organising field trips and special one-off learning experiences.

As a late arriver in the field of transportation studies my professional background is in software engineering and my role within the driving simulator allows me to combine both interests.

Employment History

  • 2018 to present, Simulator Facilities Manager, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2014 to 2017, Research Assistant, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2003 to 2009, Senior IT Project Officer, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield
  • 1994 to 2003, Owner and Managing Director of Softmatics Ltd, Software Engineering and Systems House specialising in quality control and quality assurance systems for the world-wide steel manufacturing industry
  • 1990 to 1994, Senior Lecturer, The School of Computing and Mathematics, The University of Huddersfield.
  • 1984 to 1990, Software engineering roles within various process industries, Sheffield.


  • Day to day management of the ITS suite of car, truck and pedestrian simulators
  • Some technical development of simulator software and scenarios
  • Masters and Undergraduate teaching within ITS
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Using the Academic Timetable to Influence Student Trip Making Behaviour
  • MSc Transport Planning, University of Leeds
  • MSc (By Research) Computer Science, University of Manchester
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science, North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety