Professor Robert Stewart

Head Of Department

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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.


Has expertise in:

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

Prizes and awards

Awarded University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Distinguished Professor Award 2010.
Xilinx Professor of Signal Processing. Xilinx Inc, a US based company have endowned a professorial chair in Digital Signal Processing, since 2006 and to be extended to end 2013.

more prizes and awards


High-level synthesis for medical image processing on Systems on Chip : a case study
Robinson Fraser D, Crockett Louise H, Nailon William H, Stewart Robert W
2016 26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), 2016, (2016)
FPGA implementation of a cyclostationary detector for OFDM signals
Allan Douglas, Crockett Louise, Weiss Stephan, Stuart Kenneth, Stewart Robert W.
The 2016 European Signal Processing Conference, (2016)
The Zynq Book (Chinese Version) : 基于含有ARM® Cortex®-A9 的Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 全可编程片上系统的嵌入式处理器
Crockett Louise H., Elliot Ross A., Enderwitz Martin A., Stewart Robert W., Weng K., Lu J.
Rapid development of software defined radio : FMCW radar on Zynq SDR
Barlee Kenneth, Stewart Robert, Crockett Louise
University of Strathclyde Faculty Research Presentation Day, (2016)
Hardware accelerated segmentation of CT images for adaptive radiotherapy
Robinson Fraser, Crockett Louise, Nailon Bill, Stewart Bob, McLaren Duncan
SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, (2016)
Hardware accelerated image processing to enable real-time adaptive radiotherapy
Robinson Fraser, Crockett Louise, Nailon Bill, Stewart Bob, McLaren Duncan
The Royal Society of Medicine & IET conference on the future of medicine - the role of doctors in 2025, (2016)

more publications


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

Professional activities

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTA) and TSB Project Award on TV White Spaces for Digital Communications. Jointly with British Telecom, BBC, Motorola, Steepest Ascent Ltd, Netpropagate, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
20th EUSIPCO, European Signal Processing Conference, August 2009, Glasgow, Scotland
Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Digital Participation (External organisation)

more professional activities


EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-113
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Allan, Douglas
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Crockett, Louise Helen (Co-investigator) Allan, Douglas (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Apr-2017
Enabling Affordable Internet Access with Dynamic Spectrum Management & Software Defined Radio (GCRF)
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Weiss, Stephan (Co-investigator) Crawford, David H (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 30-Apr-2020
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Robinson, Fraser
Crockett, Louise Helen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator) Robinson, Fraser (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Atkinson, Dale
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Crockett, Louise Helen (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Dale (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2017
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Bolton, Gregour
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 01-Apr-2011

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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