Dr Mike Simpson is a Research Software Engineer working in the Digital Institute.

He is a graduate of Newcastle University and worked as a Game Programmer for two years before returning to start his PhD. His thesis was titled "Real-time Simulation of Rail Vehicle Dynamics" and involved using software and techniques from the game industry to develop real-time 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.