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Bob Stewart is a Professor at the University of Strathclyde in the Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng, where he leads the 20-strong StrathSDR engineering team working on software defined radio (SDR) and next generation radio access networks using shared spectrum with dynamic spectrum access (DSA).   In recent years, Bob has led a number of DCMS 5G Testbed and Trials projects including 5GRuralFirst and 5G NewThinking, both with a focus on rural connectivity, and also 5GRailNext designing networks for operation in Glasgow’s underground rail subway.  

In 2019, working alongside partners Scottish Futures Trust and University of Glasgow, he was part of the founding partners team working with Scottish Government to create the Scotland 5G Centre.   In 2004, Bob was a co-founder of the start-up digital communications company Steepest Ascent Ltd, which was later acquired by MathWorks in 2013.  He is currently Director of Neutral Wireless Ltd designing new RAN and radio solutions for 5G private networks.

From 2014 to 2017 Bob was the term Head of Department of EEE at Strathclyde, and the Director of the Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications. From 2006-2012 he was the Xilinx Professor of DSP and Digital Logic at Strathclyde, and from 1997 to 2017 he was a visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension School where he taught industry courses on DSP, SDR and FPGA implementations.  Other appointments include a Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a first and rewarding job at Wolfson Microelectronics back in the 1980s in the early days of the DSP revolution.

Over a 30 year Bob has published 4 books and more than 200 papers and presented and attended many international conferences.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • FPGA Implementations for SDR
  • Shared Spectrum and Private 5G SA Networks
  • MATLAB./Simulink SDR Design

Teaching Interests

  • Digital Communications
  • Software Defined Radio
  • FPGAs for DSP and Digital Communications

Industrial Relevance

  • Industry partnerships with AMD, MathWorks, Cisco
  • Technical education and short courses for industry
  • SME Growth and Engagement in Scotland

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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