Professor Geoff Merrett

Professor Geoff Merrett


Research interests

  • Energy management of mobile/embedded systems
  • Self-powered computing
  • Internet of Things

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


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Geoff Merrett is Professor of Electronic and Software Systems at the University of Southampton. He is Head of the Centre for Internet of Things (IoT) and Pervasive Systems, a strategic research centre in the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), and Co-Director of the Arm-ECS Research Centre, an award-winning industrial partnership between ECS and Arm. He received the BEng (1st, Hons) and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from Southampton in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He was appointed as a Lecturer shortly after, promoted to Associate Professor in 2014, and Professor in 2019. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Member of IET, and a Fellow of the HEA.

Professor Merrett has served on the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) for the ICT theme since 2019, advising EPSRC on new research areas and strategy. He is a member of the eFutures Steering Group (an EPSRC-funded network representing the UK’s electronic systems academic community), having previously served on its ECR Steering Group, and co-manages the UK’s Energy Harvesting Network (co-organising its annual event from 2011-2016). He is a member of EPSRC College and the UKRI FLF Panel College, and also reviews proposals for Italy’s Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (serving on REPRISE, the Register of Expert Peer-Reviewers for Italian Scientific Evaluation) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences. He is an active reviewer for a number of prestigious international journals, and serves on a number of TPCs for international conferences (e.g. Track Chair at DATE2023). He was a founder of the International Workshop on Energy Neutral Sensing Systems (ENSsys, co-located with the ACM SenSys conference), serving as General Chair from 2013-15, and on its steering/organisation committees since 2016. He is a member of the Editorial Board for MDPI Sensors, and previously served as an Associate Editor for IET Computers and Digital Techniques and IET Circuits, Devices and Systems. He has been guest editor for special issues on IoT and Big DataEnergy-Neutral IoT DevicesWearable Smart Devices, and Electronics Education. He co-edited the IET book on Many Core Computing: Hardware and Software, containing 22 chapters contributed by leading international researchers.

He currently leads a team of 10 PhD students, having previously graduated 25 PhD students and line-managed 25 research staff and 29 interns. The quality of his PhD students has been externally recognised, for example winning the University's 3 Minute Thesis competition in 2015, receiving Silver at SET for Britain 2015, receiving the Gold Medal at Malaysia's Innovation Technology Expo 2016-17, and winning the Best of Faculty award at the University's Festival of Doctoral Research 2019. He has been external examiner for 16 PhD theses, including students at Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, TU Delft, TU Dresden, Bologna, Newcastle, and York.

*information correct as of March 2023