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Professor David Stupples

Professor of Electronic & Radio Engineering

School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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C125, Tait Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Professor David Stupples specialises in research and development of networked electronic and radio systems. For a number of years he undertook research in military surveillance systems at the Royal Signal and Radar Establishment at Malvern in the UK, followed by satellite surveillance and systems research for the UK Government. He then spent three years developing secure communications and signals processing for surveillance satellites and air defence systems for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in the US. In his early career, Dr David Stupples was employed in radar and communications systems development by the Royal Air Force. Later, he was a senior partner with PA Consulting Group where he was responsible for the company's consultancy work on the design, build and operation large-scale surveillance networks for world-wide clients.

His current research is in networked systems with a focus on multi-sensor surveillance using both active and passive sensors. This research work has intelligence, military and commercial uses with the latter applying to future air traffic management. The research employs a variety of systems modelling techniques particularly to assess the behaviour of networked systems under stressed conditions in order to identify and assess emergent properties for their impact on both safety and integrity.

Professor David Stupples has been applying this research to internet security, particularly focused on cyber terrorism and organised cyber crime for both the UK government and commercial companies. This work has required the development of new systems analysis and modelling techniques to understand the behaviour of complex internet systems. However, he still maintains an active interest in radar systems research and electronic signals intelligence.


PhD Systems Engineering, City University London, 1996
MSc Computer Science & Signal processing, Aston University, 1979
BSc Electrical & Electronic Engineering, RAF, 1972


2004 - to date
- City University London, Professor of Systems (since 2007)
- City University London, Assistant Dean Knowledge & Transfer
- Royal Academy of Engineering Professors in Systems
- Director of Centre for Cyber Security Sciences (since 2011)
1986 - 2004 PA Consulting Group, Engineering Systems Research & Analysis, Senior Parner
1982 - 1986 Hughes Aircraft Corporation US, Principal Systems Engineer
1977 - 1982 Royal Signals Radar Establishment, Principal Research Scientist
1972 - 1977 Radio Intoduction Unit - Royal Air Force, Engineering Officer Squadron Leader

Other appointments

2011 Member of Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) UK Government
2004 Member of Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) Integration Authority Board
2003 Member of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee (DSAC)

Membership of professional bodies

2016 Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow, CEng
2004 Institute of Measurement & Control, Fellow, CEng
2001 Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow, CEng
1981 Institute of Electronic and Radio Engineers, Fellow, CEng


Research interests

- Design of large-scale networked systems
- Design of multi-sensor surveillance systems
- Synthetic aperture radar
- Modelling of cyber terrorism and cyber warfare


Conference papers and proceedings (4)

  1. Stupples, D. (2013). Probability Analysis of Cyber Attack Paths against Business and Commercial Enterprise Systems. EISIC/IEEE 2013 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference 12-14 August, Uppsala, Sweden.
  2. Spurgin, A.J. and Stupples, D.W. (2012). Nuclear industry organizations: Shaped by accidents.
  3. Thomas, P.J., Alghaffar, M. and Stupples, D. (2005). The extent of consensus on safety spend across different industries. invited paper, Westminster Energy Forum, Canadian High Commission 21 April, London.
  4. Thomas, P.J., Alghaffar, M. and Stupples, D. (2005). The implied value of human life across different industries. Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum 6-8 April, Imperial College.

Journal articles (13)

  1. Karcanias, A., Stupples, D. and Halikias, G. (2012). Impact of stochastic renewables on CO2 levels and targets. Carbon Management, 3(4), pp. 383–391. doi:10.4155/cmt.12.33.
  2. Stupples, D. and Danilova, N. (2012). Application of Natural Language Processing and Evidential Analysis to Web-Based Intelligence Information Acquisition. IEEE Informatics Conference.
  3. Spurgin, A.J. and Stupples, D. (2012). Impact of accidents on organizational aspects of nuclear utilities. International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering, 2(4), pp. 132–144.
  4. Spurgin, A.J. and Stupples, D. (2011). Impact of viable system model (VSM) type of organizational concept on safety regulation of the nuclear industry. International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis 2011, PSA 2011, 3, pp. 2163–2186.
  5. Stupples, D., Ghamdi, S.H. and Panagiotakopoulos, P.D. (2010). The Air Traffic Control System as a Viable System: The Case of the Saudi System. JOURNAL OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, 52(1), pp. 24–36.
  6. Stupples, D., Al-Ghamdi, S.H. and Gill, A. (2009). Cybernetics view of air traffic control (ATC) system complexity. JOURNAL OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, 51(1), pp. 12–19.
  7. Stupples, D., King, C.S.O. and Thomas, P.J. (2008). Learning to exploit tolerances: an undergraduate laboratory exercise in system design of an instrument. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 45(4), pp. 281–298.
  8. Thomas, P.J. and Stupples, D. (2007). J-value: a new scale for judging health and safety spend in the nuclear and other industries. Nuclear Future, 3(3).
  9. Thomas, P.J. and Stupples, D. (2006). J-value: a universal scale for health and safety spending. Special Feature on Systems and Risk, Measurement + Control, 39/9, pp. 273–276.
  10. Thomas, P.J., Stupples, D. and Pearce, O. (2006). Weighing the economic risk of new nuclear build using real options. Special Feature on Systems and Risk, Measurement + Control, 39/9, pp. 282–285.
  11. Thomas, P.J., Stupples, D.W. and Alghaffar, M.A. (2006). The extent of regulatory consensus on health and safety expenditure part 2: Applying the J-value technique to case studies across industries. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 84(5 B), pp. 337–343. doi:10.1205/psep05006.
  12. Mawby, D. and Stupples, D. (2002). Systems thinking for managing projects. IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, 1, pp. 344–349.
  13. International Journal of Information Retrieval Research. . doi:10.4018/ijirr.


  1. Stupples, D. Letter explaining their significance will be issued by the Head of Technical Operations. GCHQ Academic Papers Relating to Signals Intelligence.