Professor Robert Stewart

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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.


Has expertise in:

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

Prizes and awards

Award for Digital Inclusion
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


Software Defined Radio with Zynq Ultrascale+ RFSoC
Crockett Louise H, Northcote David, Stewart Robert, Allan Douglas, Atimati Ehinomen, Barlee Kenny W, Brown Lewis J, Craig James, Fitzpatrick Graeme, Goldsmith Joshua, Maclellan Andrew, McLaughlin Lewis D, McTaggart Blair, Nyasulu Tawachi, Šiaučiulis Marius, Crawford David
Spectrum monitoring and analysis with the AMD RFSoC
Northcote David, Šiaučiulis Marius, McLaughlin Lewis, Fitzpatrick Graeme, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
Operating in the Future Electromagnetic Environment Symposium 2022 (2022)
Shared spectrum coordination in an heterogeneous IoT network
Atimati Ehinomen, Crawford David, Stewart Robert
IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (2022)
Modulation classification for RFSoC showcasing streaming-CNN architectures
MacLellan Andrew, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
2022 IEEE SPS - EURASIP Summer School (2022)
Training deep filters for physical layer frame synchronization
Kalade Sarunas, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society Vol 3, pp. 1063-1075 (2022)
Low-cost, high-speed parallel FIR filters for RFSoC front-ends enabled by CλaSH
Ramsay Craig, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021 55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, pp. 925-932 (2022)

More publications


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

Professional activities

The 30th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines
The 30th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines
Spectrum Monitoring for Spectrum Sharing
Software Defined Radio with the open source RFSoC-PYNQ framework
Software Defined Radio with the RFSoC 2x2

More professional activities


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
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
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2022
5G RuralDorset (5G-RuD)
Irvine, James (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
5G RailNext
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College

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