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Professor Robert Stewart

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


Secondary user access for IoT applications in the FM radio band using FS-FBMC
Barlee Kenneth W., Stewart Robert W., Crockett Louise H.
IEEE 1st World Forum on 5G, (2018)
Dynamic spectrum access : secondary user coexistence in the FM band
Barlee Kenneth W, Stewart Robert W, Crockett Louise H
8th New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio, (2018)
Using sequence to sequence learning for digital BPSK and QPSK demodulation
Kalade Sarunas, Crockett Louise, Stewart Robert
IEEE 5G World Forum, (2018)
Hardware acceleration of automated 4DCT analysis
Robinson Fraser, Crockett Louise, Nailon Bill, Stewart Bob, McLaren Duncan
6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum, (2017)
A low complexity cyclostationary detector for OFDM signals
Allan Douglas, Crockett Louise, Stewart Robert W.
2017 New Generation of CAS (NGCAS), pp. 253-256, (2017)
Low-cost frequency-agile filter bank-based multicarrier transceiver implementation
Elliot RA, Nagy A, Crockett LH, Thompson K, Weiss S, Stewart RW
2nd IET International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing 2015 (ISP), (2016)

more publications


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

Professional activities

IEEE Metro Area Workshop, Glasgow
2015 IEEE 81st Vehicular Technology Conference - Workshops

more professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Ramsay, Craig
Crockett, Louise Helen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator) Ramsay, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
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)
"This project aims to investigate how the use of dynamic spectrum access (DSA) management and geo-location database technology, combined with software defined radio (SDR) implementations may be used to enable effective and efficient wireless networks to be built at scale in developing countries in order to support affordable Internet access using the shared spectrum resource. The project will seek to evolve DSA methods and techniques to generally improve this type of spectrum sharing service, and hence these improvements in the UK, will be fully shared and supported by our international ODA partners. The project will be led by the University of Strathclyde's Centre for White Space Communications (CWSC), working with international ODA university partners in Kenya, Zambia, Ghana & Malawi (further engaging with partners in their countries - both industry and regulators). There will also be support and input from a number of key industry partners including dynamic spectrum access database and cloud services partners: Nominet and Microsoft, production white space/DSP radio vendors, Adaptrum and 6Harmonics; UK SME internet service providers (ISPs) partners Cloudnet and Broadway Partners; and communication/ SDR software support from MathWorks, and FPGA hardware vendors Xilinx. All of the relationships and partners in this proposal are already pre-existing, trusted and in some cases very long term relationships, including previous and active Strathclyde links to partners in all four African countries. Figure 1 below illustrates the partners in this project. CWSC and its collaborating partners have considerable expertise and experience in DSA management, and were instrumental in helping Ofcom as it progressed towards putting regulations in place for dynamic use of White Space spectrum in the TV band - regulations which went 'live' on 31st December 2015. The project will build upon previous work that has taken place in the four overseas countries, and will ultimately lead to benefits in the form of improved routes towards digital inclusion in those countries, and we anticipate followed later by 'ripple effect' to neighbouring or regional countries."
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

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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