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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering with interests in (deep) machine learning, data analytics, and the Internet of Things. The emphasis if firmly on the industrial application of these technologies.

Teaching Interests

  • EE106 Engineering Design for Software Development 1: gentle introduction to computer programming using Python.
  • EE320 Signals and Systems: signal processing concepts.
  • EE471 Communications Networks: foundation in communication and computer networking concepts and protocols.

Research Interests

Given the increasing volume and variety of data that is being generated across economic and industrial sectors, a key area of interest is the extraction of meaningful and actionable information from heterogeous data sets. This involves research into data analytics and multicore programming solutions. This in trun motivates an interest both in Cloud Computing and Big Data analytics.

I also have a long interest in future internet technologies, including Mobile IPv6 mobility solutions, Internet of Things (IoT), and intelligent in-building control systems.


Expertise & Capabilities

I have experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • The industrial application of machine learning for diagnostics and prognostics, partial discharge monitoring, and intrusion detection systems;
  • Wireless Sensor Networks, especially in harsh industrial environments;
  • The Internet of Things;
  • Multicore processing (e.g. GPUs etc.);

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Science, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Strathclyde


  • wireless sensor network
  • Mobile Communications
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Internet Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Big Data
  • Analytics

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 2001 2020

14 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Wireless Communication
28 Citations (Scopus)

An advanced SOM algorithm applied to handover management within LTE

Sinclair, N., Harle, D., Glover, I., Irvine, J. & Atkinson, R., Jun 2013, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 62, 5, p. 1883-1894 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Self organizing maps
Base stations
Learning systems


Data for: "Wireless sensor network for radiometric detection and assessment of partial discharge in HV equipment"

Upton, D. (Creator), Saeed, B. (Creator), Mather, P. (Creator), Lazaridis, P. (Creator), Vieira, M. F. Q. (Creator), Atkinson, R. (Creator), Tachtatzis, C. (Creator), Segovia Garcia, M. D. C. (Creator), Judd, M. (Creator), Glover, I. A. (Creator), 3 Sep 2019



Economic aspects of intelligent network selection : a game-theoretic approach

Author: Konka, J. W., 1 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Atkinson, R. (Supervisor) & Harle, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

High performance pattern matching and data remanence on graphics processing units

Author: Bellekens, X., 1 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Atkinson, R. (Supervisor) & Irvine, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


SIN 2014 - Best Paper Award

Xavier Bellekens (Recipient), Christos Tachtatzis (Recipient), Robert Atkinson (Recipient), Craig Renfrew (Recipient) & Tony Kirkham (Recipient), 11 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2019

The Challenges in the Implementation of Cloud-based Precision Livestock Management Services Provision

Christopher Davison (Contributor), Andrew Hamilton (Contributor), Robert Atkinson (Contributor), Christos Tachtatzis (Contributor), Walter Michie (Contributor), Ivan Andonovic (Speaker)
26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Online CPD - Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting

Branka Dimitrijevic (Speaker), Peter Grant (Speaker), Robert Martin (Speaker), Peter Skabara (Speaker), Robert Atkinson (Speaker)
28 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course