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Qualifications: BEng MSc PhD CEng PGCert MIEEE MIET SFHEA

Dr Zoe Jeffrey is a full-time principal lecturer in the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire. She received her BEng in Electronics and Computer Engineering and MSc in Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics Devices at University of Surrey, UK in 2006 and 2007 respectively. She then completed her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Hertfordshire, UK in 2013 focusing on real time ANPR algorithms on ARM-DSP SoC platforms. She is a Chartered Engineer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Zoe’s recent work has been recognised at the 2023 Vice-Chancellor's Awards as the Winner of ‘Business Impact Award’ for her work in the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Team for Ziath Ltd (Azenta). The work focused upon embedding AI and the use of barcodes in biosample management that enabled Ziath to provide a premium product to their existing customers and move into other markets.


  • Principal lecturer in the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, collaborative partnership/programme leader at UH.
  • Knowledge transfer principal investigator in partnership with Ziath, developing and embedding machine learning, image processing and System-on-Chip (SoC) capabilities into Ziath's next generation bio- sample scanning devices.
  • Athena Swan Champion/Lead for Departments of Engineering and Computer Science, UH
  • Experimental officer, UH.
  • Researcher, UH.
  • Cintel International in Ware, UK as a design engineer.
  • SONY Research and Development Laboratory in Basingstoke, where she gained experience in real time image processing on embedded processors (FPGAs and GPUs).

Research Expertise

  • Her research interests are signal processing algorithms for object detection and recognition, custom computing and real time System-on-Chip solutions using ARM based processors, DSPs, FPGAs and GPUs. She is also interested in intelligent transportation systems and vehicular traffic management.
  • Worked on various Hardware and software technologies from ARM, National Instruments, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments and Xilinx, and she is competent in C, C++, JAVA, VHDL, Verilog HDL, OpenGL ES, MATLAB and LabVIEW programming.
  • Her latest research is focused on developing algorithms and applications requiring real-time performance on SoC platforms with machine learning (e.g., deep learning on ARM/DSP/FPGA).

Teaching Expertise

  • Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications (MSc)
  • Digital Signal Processing and Applications (MSc)   
  • Digital Signal Processing (BEng)
  • Digital Design and Embedded Systems (BEng)
  • Microelectronics and VLSI (BEng)
  • Real Time Systems and Programming (BEng)
  • Electronic Circuits and Sensors (BEng)
  • Vision and Image Perception (BSc)

She is also a visiting lecturer at Changzhou Institute of Technology (CIT), Changzhou, Jiangsu, China.

Volunteering Activities

  • IET on Campus Group academic lead volunteer supporting students to organise events, grant applications and CPD supported by the IET.
  • IET Liaison Tutor since 2018 supporting students and staff in achieving memberships and professional registration through training and mentoring.


  • 2023 Business Impact Award Winner (Vice Chancellor’s Award – UH)
  • Full funded PhD Scholarship by the EPSRC 2008 - 2012 at University of Hertfordshire (£60K +)
  • Full funded MSc Scholarship by the EPSRC 2006 - 2007 at University of Surrey (£13K+)

External positions

Degree Accreditor, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET

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