Mervyn Jack is Professor of Electronic Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering and the M.Sc. degree in digital techniques from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1971 and 1975 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1978. From 1971 to 1975, he worked as a project engineer with Microwave and Electronic Systems Ltd. (now RACAL), Edinburgh where he was responsible for the design and engineering development of security systems based on passive infra-red techniques.
In 1975, he returned to the University of Edinburgh to study the design and applications of Fourier transform processors based on surface acoustic wave and charge coupled devices. In 1979, he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Edinburgh University where his teaching and research activities focused on VLSI design. In 1984, he was promoted to a Readership in Microelectronics and also became Deputy Director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) at Edinburgh University. In 1988 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Electronic Systems at Edinburgh University. In Autumn 1989, he became Director of CSTR and in Spring 1994 he became the Director of the Centre for Communication Interface Research, part of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Since January 2001 he has been holder of a Research Fellowship from Lloyds TSB Group.
His research passion now concerns the need to optimise use of new technologies for mass market access to consumer channels such as telephone and Internet banking where his research on usability engineering is being used to create improved user interface designs for these mass channels.
An author of some 240 papers and three textbooks, Professor Jack is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.