Professor Robert Stewart

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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Personal statement

Bob Stewart is a Professor at the University of Strathclyde in the Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng, where he leads the 20-strong StrathSDR engineering team working on software defined radio (SDR) and next generation radio access networks using shared spectrum with dynamic spectrum access (DSA).   In recent years, Bob has led a number of DCMS 5G Testbed and Trials projects including 5GRuralFirst and 5G NewThinking, both with a focus on rural connectivity, and also 5GRailNext designing networks for operation in Glasgow’s underground rail subway.  

In 2019, working alongside partners Scottish Futures Trust and University of Glasgow, he was part of the founding partners team working with Scottish Government to create the Scotland 5G Centre.   In 2004, Bob was a co-founder of the start-up digital communications company Steepest Ascent Ltd, which was later acquired by MathWorks in 2013.  He is currently Director of Neutral Wireless Ltd designing new RAN and radio solutions for 5G private networks.

From 2014 to 2017 Bob was the term Head of Department of EEE at Strathclyde, and the Director of the Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications. From 2006-2012 he was the Xilinx Professor of DSP and Digital Logic at Strathclyde, and from 1997 to 2017 he was a visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension School where he taught industry courses on DSP, SDR and FPGA implementations.  Other appointments include a Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a first and rewarding job at Wolfson Microelectronics back in the 1980s in the early days of the DSP revolution.

Over a 30 year Bob has published 4 books and more than 200 papers and presented and attended many international conferences.

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Area of Expertise

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • FPGA Implementations for SDR
  • Shared Spectrum and Private 5G SA Networks
  • MATLAB./Simulink SDR Design

Prize And Awards

Award for Digital Inclusion
Recipient
1/6/2019
Awarded University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Distinguished Professor Award 2010.
Recipient
1/2009
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.
Recipient
6/2006

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Teaching

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

The 30th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines
Participant
16/5/2022
The 30th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines
Participant
16/5/2022
Spectrum Monitoring for Spectrum Sharing
Speaker
2/12/2021
Software Defined Radio with the open source RFSoC-PYNQ framework
Speaker
8/9/2021
EUSIPCO
Speaker
23/8/2021
Software Defined Radio with the RFSoC 2x2
Speaker
20/8/2021

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Projects

The Scotland 5G Centre (2023-24)
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
Towards Ubiquitous 3D Open Resilient Network (Tudor).
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
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
5GSubConnect
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Crawford, David H (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
5G New Radio PHY Layer Implementation
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Crockett, Louise Helen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
5G New Thinking - Shared Spectrum Rural Network
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022

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Contact

Professor Robert Stewart
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Email: r.stewart@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2396

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