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

ICSEA 2016 - Best Paper Award
DASC 2015 - Best Paper Award
SIN 2014 - Best Paper Award
UBICOMM - Best Paper Award

more prizes and awards


A taxonomy of network threats and the effect of current datasets on intrusion detection systems
Hindy Hanan, Brosset David, Bayne Ethan, Seeam Amar, Tachtatzis Christos, Atkinson Robert, Bellekens Xavier
IEEE Access Vol 8, pp. 104650-104675 (2020)
Gated pipelined folding ADC based low power sensor for large-scale radiometric partial discharge monitoring
Upton David W, Haigh Richard P, Mather Peter J, Lazaridis Pavlos I, Mistry Keyur, Zaharis Zaharias D, Tachtatzis Christos, Atkinson Robert C
IEEE Sensors Journal (2020)
Automatic annotation of subsea pipelines using deep learning
Stamoulakatos Anastasios, Cardona Javier, McCaig Chris, Murray David, Filius Hein, Atkinson Robert, Bellekens Xavier, Michie Craig, Andonovic Ivan, Lazaridis Pavlos, Hamilton Andrew, Hossain Md Moinul, Di Caterina Gaetano, Tachtatzis Christos
Sensors Vol 20 (2020)
Partial discharge detection and localization : using software defined radio
Mohamed Hamd, Lazaridis Pavlos, Mather Peter, Tachtatzis Christos, Judd Martin, Atkinson Robert, Glover Ian A
IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Vol 13, pp. 77-85 (2019)
Cyber-security internals of a Skoda Octavia vRS : a hands on approach
Urquhart Colin, Bellekens Xavier, Tachtatzis Christos, Atkinson Robert, Hindy Hanan, Seeam Amar
IEEE Access Vol 7, pp. 146057-146069 (2019)
Geometrical thermal analysis as a form of Finite Element Analysis enhancement
Gillespie David I, Hamilton Andrew W, Kruckenberg Teresa, Neilson Brian, Atkinson Robert C, Andonovic Ivan, Tachtatzis Christos
17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR2019, pp. 187-192 (2019)

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

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


Lupovis: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (Cyber Security ASAP)
Bellekens, Xavier (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Advanced Cyber-Security Simulation Platform For Preparedness Training in Aviation, Naval and Powergrid environments (FORESIGHT) (H2020 SC7)
Bellekens, Xavier (Principal Investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Improving the Safety, Reliability, and Efficiency of Cargo Transportation using Deep Learning Computer Vision
Cardona Amengual, Javier (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 17-Jan-2019
Fostering Precision Agriculture and Livestock Farming through Secure Access to Large-Scale HPC-Enabled Virtual Industrial Experimentation Environment Empowering Scalable Big Data Analytics (H2020-ICT-2018-2020) (CYBELE)
Andonovic, Ivan (Principal Investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021
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

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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