Dr Robert Atkinson


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am an academic in the Deptartment of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. My research interests are in the industrial application of (deep) machine learning, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. I have strong interest in explainable AI (XAI) and hyperparameter optimisation. 


Has expertise in:

    I have experience and expertise in the following areas of AI:

    • Data cleansing and outlier removal.
    • Feature extraction for time-series.
    • Dimensionailty reduction techniques.
    • Production of (deep) machine learning based models.
    • Model optimitisation by selection of the best hyperparameers.
    • Data visualisation.
    • Explianable models.

Prizes and awards

Finalist in Herald Higher Education Awards - Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities
Innovate UK KTP Engineering Excellence Award 2021
ICSEA 2016 - Best Paper Award
DASC 2015 - Best Paper Award
SIN 2014 - Best Paper Award
UBICOMM - Best Paper Award

More prizes and awards


Auction-based network selection in a market-based framework for trading wireless communications services
Konka Jakub, Andonovic Ivan, Michie Walter, Atkinson Robert
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology Vol 63, pp. 1365-1377 (2014)
An advanced SOM algorithm applied to handover management within LTE
Sinclair Neil, Harle David, Glover Ian, Irvine James, Atkinson Robert
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology Vol 62, pp. 1883-1894 (2013)
Estimation of impulsive noise in an electricity substation
Shan Q, Glover IA, Atkinson RC, Bhatti S, Portugues I, Moore PJ, Rutherford R, Vieira MFQ, Lima AMN, de Souza BA
IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility Vol 53, pp. 653-663 (2011)
RAID 6 hardware acceleration
Gilroy Michael, Irvine J, Atkinson RC
ACM Transactions in Embedded Computing Systems Vol 10 (2011)
Specialized path-based technique to test Internet of Things system functionality under limited network connectivity
Klima Matej, Bureš Miroslav, Ahmed Bestoun S, Bellekens Xavier, Atkinson Robert, Tachtatzis Christos, Herout Pavel
Internet of Things Vol 22 (2023)
Correction: Czerkawski et al. Deep internal learning for inpainting of cloud-affected regions in satellite umagery. Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 1342
Czerkawski Mikolaj, Upadhyay Priti, Davison Christopher, Werkmeister Astrid, Cardona Javier, Atkinson Robert, Michie Craig, Andonovic Ivan, Macdonald Malcolm, Tachtatzis Christos
Remote Sensing Vol 14 (2022)

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

My research focusses on the entire data processing pipeline from data collection and storage, through data cleansing, parallelisation of feature extraction approaches, deployable dimensionailty reduction streategies, hyperparameter optiisation and the production of machine learning models.

The work is carried out in tandem with industry, with application areas that include partial discharge localisation, predictive maintenance of moving equipment, intrusion detetcion systems, and deception for cyber resillience. 


Professional activities

Energies (Journal)
Guest editor
The Challenges in the Implementation of Cloud-based Precision Livestock Management Services Provision
European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (Publisher)
Podcast participant: MACRO – The Cisco Innovation Podcast, Revolutionising Natural Disaster Response
Online CPD - Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting
2015 IEEE 81st Vehicular Technology Conference

More professional activities


Development & Commercialisation of the world’s first technology enabling 100% of Post Consumer recycled bottles (rPET), to be remanufactured into “as new”, PET Bottles :PET-Yield
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Cardona Amengual, Javier (Co-investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator) Nordon, Alison (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Predictive maintenance for offshore wind turbines
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Cardona Amengual, Javier (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) McMillan, David (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Decision Support for Investment & Economic Development within Sparse Data Markets
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cardona Amengual, Javier (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrew (Co-investigator) Macdonald, Malcolm (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
11-Jan-2022 - 10-Jan-2023
Digital Dairy Value-Chain for South-West Scotland and Cumbria (Strength in Places Fund)
Michie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Academic) Wilson, Juliette (Academic) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Bellekens, Xavier (Co-investigator) Galloway, Stuart (Co-investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Lengden, Michael (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2027
DEFGRID - The Utility DSbD Demonstrator (ISCF Digital Security by Design)
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Coffele, Federico (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
CAUDATA : Scratch and Rebuild Architecture
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Bellekens, Xavier (Co-investigator) Ben Farah, Mohamed Lamine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College

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