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 (deep) machine learning, data analytics, and the Internet of Things. The emphasis if firmly on the industrial application of these technologies.


Has expertise in:

    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.);

Prizes and awards

SIN 2014 - Best Paper Award

more prizes and awards


Improving RF-based partial discharge localization via machine learning ensemble method
Iorkyase Ephraim T, Tachtatzis Christos, Glover Ian A, Lazaridis Pavlos, Upton David, Saeed Bahghtar, Atkinson Robert C
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2019)
Low complexity wireless sensor system for partial discharge localisation
Iorkyase Ephraim, Tachtatzis Christos, Lazaridis Pavlos, Glover Ian, Atkinson Robert
IET Wireless Sensor Systems (2019)
Image analysis framework with focus evaluation for in situ characterisation of particle size and shape attributes
Cardona Javier, Ferreira Carla, McGinty John, Hamilton Andrew, Agimelen Okpeafoh S, Cleary Alison, Atkinson Robert, Michie Craig, Marshall Stephen, Chen Yi-Chieh, Sefcik Jan, Andonovic Ivan, Tachtatzis Christos
Chemical Engineering Science Vol 191, pp. 208-231 (2018)
An efficient algorithm for partial discharge localization in high-voltage systems using received signal strength
Khan Umar F, Lazaridis Pavlos I, Mohamed Hamd, Albarracín Ricardo, Zaharis Zaharias D, Atkinson Robert C, Tachtatzis Christos, Glover Ian A
Sensors Vol 18 (2018)
From cyber-security deception to manipulation and gratification through gamification
Bellekens Xavier, Jayasekera Gayan, Hindy Hanan, Bureš Miroslav, Brosset David, Tachtatzis Christos, Atkinson Robert
21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 1-3 (2018)
RF-based location of partial discharge sources using received signal features
Iorkyase Ephraim T, Tachtatzis Christos, Glover Ian A, Atkinson Robert C
IET High Voltage (2018)

more publications


  • 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.


Professional activities

Sensor and Actuator Networks (Journal)
Guest editor
Online CPD - Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting
EU - European Research Council (External organisation)
International Conference on Wireless Communications and Applications
Member of programme committee
VTC Fall 2011
Scottish Networking Event (SCONE)

more professional activities


Transforming Oilfield Equipment Performance In Mature Basins
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2018 - 12-Jan-2019
N-Sea Phase 2: Automatic Annotation of Subsea Survey Video
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Di Caterina, Gaetano (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
Asbestos Fibre Counting (Ethos / TDL)
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Cardona Amengual, Javier (Co-investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
KTP - Fathom Systems
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2017 - 03-Jan-2020
Smart Tooling Spirit Phase 3
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Automatic annotation of subsea survey video
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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