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Dr Robert Atkinson

Senior Lecturer

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering with interests in communications systems, internet of Things and information processing (analytics).


Has expertise in:

    I have experience and expertise in the following areas:

    • Internet Engineering (including advance protocols, e.g. MIPv6, NEMO, 6LoWPAN);
    • Wireless Sensor Networks, especially in harsh industrial environments;
    • Partial discharge monitoring;
    • Wireless multhoming strategies;
    • Multicore processing (e.g. GPUs etc.);
    • Cloud computing and virtualisation;
    • Information processing using machine learning;
    • Big data analytics.


Radio location of partial discharge sources : a support vector regression approach
Iorkyase E. T., Tachtatzis C., Lazaridis P., Glover I. A., Atkinson R. C.
IET Science, Measurement and Technology, (2017)
Enabling digitisation of continuous manufacturing processes : the role of image analysis
Cardona Javier, Ferreira Carla Sofia, McGinty John, Hamilton Andrew, Agimelen Okpeafoh, Cleary Alison, Chen Yi-Chieh, Sefcik Jan, Michie Walter, Atkinson Robert, Andonovic Ivan, Tachtatzis Christos
Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017, (2017)
Strategies for protecting intellectual property when using CUDA applications on graphics processing units
Bellekens Xavier, Paul Greig, Tachtatzis Christos, Irvine James, Atkinson Robert
SIN'16 proceedings to be published under ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS), (2016)
Threat analysis of IoT networks using artificial neural network intrusion detection system
Hodo Elike Komi, Bellekens Xavier, Hamilton Andrew, Dubouilh Pierre-Louis, Iorkyase Ephraim Tersoo, Tachtatzis Christos, Atkinson Robert
International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications, (2016)
Localisation of partial discharge sources using radio fingerprinting technique
Iorkyase E. T., Tachtatzis C., Atkinson R. C., Glover I. A.
2015 Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference LAPC, (2015)
Image-based monitoring of encrustation in the crystallisation process
Tachtatzis Christos, Sheridan Rachel, Michie Craig, Atkinson Robert C., Cleary Alison, Dziewierz Jerzy, Andonovic Ivan, Briggs Naomi E.B., Florence Alastair J., Sefcik Jan
Chemical Engineering Science Vol 133, pp. 82-90, (2015)

more publications


  • EE106 Engineering Design for Software Development 1: gentle introduction to computer programming using Python.
  • 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 meaning 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.


Professional activities

EU - European Research Council (External organisation)
International Conference on Wireless Communications and Applications
Member of programme committee
VTC Fall 2011
Scottish Networking Event (SCONE)
External examiner for PhD vivas at Edinburgh University School of Engineering, and School of Informatics
External Examiner
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (External organisation)

more professional activities


KTP - Fathom Systems
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 04-Sep-2017 - 03-Sep-2020
Smart Tooling Spirit Phase 3
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Jul-2017 - 02-Jul-2018
Membrane performance study with GSK
Cleary, Alison (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2016 - 31-Mar-2018
Asset Analytics Automation
Michie, Walter (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
Period 04-Jan-2016 - 03-Jan-2017
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Bolton, Gregour
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 01-Apr-2011
Doctoral Training Grant | Sinclair, Neil
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Harle, David (Co-investigator) Sinclair, Neil (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 20-Sep-2013

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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