Jeffery Uhlmann has degrees in philosophy, computer science, and a doctorate in robotics from the University of Oxford. He began work in 1987 at NRL's Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics in Washington, DC, and remained at NRL until 2000. Since 2000 he has been a professor of computer science at the University of Missouri.
He served for ten years as a co-founding member of the editorial board of the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (1995–2006) before becoming co-editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing series for Morgan & Claypool.
Uhlmann has written, directed, produced, and/or acted in several prominent short and feature-length films. Notable examples include the animated short film Susan's Big Day and the feature film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy. In recent years he has been a popular invited guest at international genre film festivals.
Uhlmann began recording cassette albums in the late 1970s. His early work emphasized electronic music that often incorporated something he refers to as “vinyl loops” which were created by scratching vinyl records to create repeating rhythm tracks (loops). He performed live through the early 1980s and recorded and released albums sporadically until the mid 1990s.