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Personal Statement

I am currently the MathWorks Professor of Signal Processing at the University of Strathclyde.    Since August 2014 I have been Chair and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, with more than 55 academic staff and almost 300 researchers.   My interests in teaching, knowledge exchange and research over the last 20 years has focussed around signal processing and communications.  In recent years I have been working on digital communications and software defined radio, with specific interest in radio standards such as LTE, 802.11, and most recently on wireless white space radio utilising TV spectrum frequencies.  From 2006-2012 I was the Xilinx Professor of DSP and Digital Logic at Strathclyde, and from since 1997 I have been a visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension School.  In 2004 I was a founder of the technology company Steepest Ascent Ltd, based in Glasgow with an office in Los Angeles.  The company was  acquired by MathWorks in 2013 who now have an engineering development office in Glasgow near to the University.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • FPGA Implementations for SDR
  • White Space Radio and wireless standards
  • MATLAB./Simulink SDR Design

Teaching Interests

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

Industrial Relevance

  • MathWorks Professor
  • Xilinx University Programme Associate
  • UCLA Extension Industry Short Courses

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Research Output

A PYNQ evaluation platform for FPGA architectures of the Line Hough Transform

Northcote, D., Crockett, L. H., Murray, P. & Stewart, R., 4 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press). 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Open Access
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    Broadband angle of arrival estimation using polynomial matrix decompositions

    Author: Alrmah, M. A., 7 Oct 2015

    Supervisor: Weiss, S. (Supervisor) & Stewart, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Communications for CubeSat networks and fractionalised spacecraft

    Author: Karagiannakis, P., 26 May 2017

    Supervisor: Stewart, R. (Supervisor) & Weiss, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


  • Award for Digital Inclusion

    Robert Stewart (Recipient), 1 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Organiser of major conference
    • 1 Organiser of special symposia
    • 1 Membership of committee

    IEEE 5G Summit

    James Irvine (Organiser), Robert Stewart (Organiser), Kenny Barlee (Organiser)
    14 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

    Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion

    Gareth Pierce (Organiser), Alan Oakley (Participant), Dimitris Drikakis (Participant), Deepak Uttamchandani (Participant), William Ion (Participant), Xiu Yan (Participant), Erfu Yang (Participant), Massimiliano Vasile (Participant), Malcolm Macdonald (Participant), P J Rowe (Participant), Marcus Perry (Participant), Charles Norman MacLeod (Participant), Gordon Dobie (Participant), Daniel McMahon (Participant), Stephen Marshall (Participant), Mark Post (Participant), Lykourgos Petropoulakis (Participant), Carmelo Mineo (Participant), Gaetano Di Caterina (Participant), David Harle (Participant), Walter Michie (Participant), Robert Stewart (Participant), Janine de fence (Participant), Stephen McArthur (Participant), Alexander Galloway (Participant), Daryl Landeg (Participant), Atilla Incecik (Participant), Campbell Booth (Participant), Andrew Heyes (Participant), Alexander Duffy (Participant), Zoe Shipton (Participant), Anthony Gachagan (Participant), Remi Christophe Zante (Participant), Tony Rodden (Participant), Rahul Summan (Participant), Graham Wren (Participant)
    10 Oct 2017

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