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.

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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
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

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RFSoC implementation of runtime reconfigurable numerologies for 5G New Radio
Brown Lewis, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
21st IEEE Interregional New Circuit and Systems (NEWCAS) Conference (2023)
Streaming Convolutional Neural Network FPGA architecture for RFSoC data converters
MacLellan Andrew, Crockett Louise H, Stewart Robert W
21st IEEE Interregional New Circuit and Systems (NEWCAS) Conference, pp. 1-5 (2023)
Pricing models for 5G multi-tenancy using game theory framework
Anantha Kumar Shruthi Koratagere, Crawford David, Stewart Robert
Pop-up 5G standalone non-public networks (SNPNs) for live broadcast production
Yoffe Samuel R, Brew Malcolm, Allan Douglas, Barlee Kenneth, Anderson Dani, Ighagbon Odianosen Anthony, Speirs Cameron, Stewart Robert, Wagdin Ian, Brandstrup Morten, McGill Jack, Gordon Gareth, Mullane Don, Murray Liam, Smith Mark, Kulhan Muki, Canning John, Behman Aaron, Stagg Matt, Hale Jonathan
Proceedings of the 2023 NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference NAB Broadcast Engineering and IT Conference (2023)
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)

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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


The Scotland 5G Centre (2023-24)
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
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

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Professor Robert Stewart
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: 548 2396