Dr Irwin Zaid

Computer Science
Lecturer in Computer Science


DPhil, MSc, BCS, BSc

Academic Background

Lecturer in Computer Science (Christ Church, University of Oxford, 2018 - Present)
Junior Research Fellow (Christ Church, University of Oxford, 2012 - 2016)
Doctor of Philosophy (Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, 2008 - 2012)
Master of Science in Engineering Physics (Technische Universtät München, 2008)
Bachelor of Computer Science (Carleton University, 2002 – 2007)
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics (Carleton University, 2002 - 2007) 

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach many of the courses in undergraduate computer science, ranging from functional programming through models of computation and algorithms.  

Research Interests

I am both a computer scientist and a physicist (specifically biophysics), and my work often straddles these fields. These days, my interests centre around applied machine learning and embedded systems. I design and build devices in biotechnology that use modern neural networks to analyse living cells and make real-time predictions about them. Some of these devices are being commercialised by my own venture. I am also affiliated with the university’s entrepreneurial centre the Oxford Foundry.