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

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


Capture and visualisation of radio signals with an open source, single chip spectrum analyser
Northcote David, McLaughlin Lewis, Crockett Louise Helen, Stewart Robert
31st International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications (2021)
Rural connectivity using 5G neutral host networks : game theory framework
K A Shruthi, Stewart Robert, Crawford David
Doctoral School Multidisciplinary Symposium 2021 (2021)
Business model for rural connectivity using multi-tenancy 5G network slicing
Koratagere Anantha Kumar Shruthi, Stewart Robert, Crawford David, Chaudhari Sachin
2020 IEEE 17th International Conference on Smart Communities: Improving Quality of Life Using ICT, IoT and AI (HONET) IEEE 17th International Conference on Smart Communities (2020)
Rapid prototyping and validation of FS-FBMC dynamic spectrum radio with simulink and ZynqSDR
Barlee Kenny W, Stewart Robert W, Crockett Louise H, MacEwen Neil C
IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society Vol 2, pp. 113-131 (2020)
A PYNQ evaluation platform for FPGA architectures of the Line Hough Transform
Northcote David, Crockett Louise H, Murray Paul, Stewart Robert W
2020 IEEE 63rd International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2020, pp. 133-137 (2020)
Control and visualisation of a software defined radio system on the Xilinx RFSoC platform using the PYNQ framework
Goldsmith Joshua, Ramsay Craig, Northcote David, Barlee Kenneth W, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
IEEE Access Vol 8, pp. 129012-129031 (2020)

More publications


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

Professional activities

IEEE 5G Summit
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion
IEEE Metro Area Workshop, Glasgow
2015 IEEE 81st Vehicular Technology Conference - Workshops
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTA) and TSB Project Award
20th EUSIPCO, European Signal Processing Conference, August 2009, Glasgow, Scotland

More professional activities


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-2022
5G RailNext
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021
The Scotland 5G Centre
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Crawford, David H (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | McLaughlin, Lewis
Crockett, Louise Helen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator) McLaughlin, Lewis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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