Richard Butler
Title: Dr
First Name: Richard
Surname: Butler
Position: Director of Postgraduate Teaching
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263335


Professional Body Membership

  • CEng
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Eur Ing
  • Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)

Academic Background

  • Ph.D 
  • BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering

Research Interests/Professional Background

From 1980 to 1984 Richard worked for Plessey Telecommunications Research, Taplow, UK. His work there included the design and development of optical fibre transmission systems at bit rates from 2 Mbit/s to 565 Mbit/s.

His research interests have included the modelling and performance analysis of digital communications systems and networks, the development of performance monitoring strategies for telecommunications systems and networks, and the effects of error bursts in these systems and networks. The title of his PhD thesis was “Aspects of Burst Errors in Digital Telecommunications in Digital Telecommunications Transmission Systems”. The work was conducted in collaboration with the BT Research Laboratories at Martlesham Health, supervised by Professor Peter Cochrane. The work involved devising and developing models of digital communications systems and the burst error processes that dominate their performance in practice.

He has performed contract research projects for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. He has presented workshops and given papers for the International Telecommunication Union on the role of optical fibre technology in developing countries. In 2001 he founded the Robert Gordon University spin-out company Librae Limited. The company was formed to design, develop and provide tools and devices to empower people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity to understand, self-manage, and better control their conditions. This core technology of the company is a mathematical model, which he developed, of the energy regulation of the human metabolism under hormonal control.

His current research work is focused on the continued development of models, tools and devices to empower people with diabetes to understand, self-manage, and better control their conditions, through the use of wireless sensor networks together with smart phone technology to deliver personalised diabetes simulations.

Teaching Interests

In 1984 he joined the Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (now the Robert Gordon University). He teaches subjects across the electronic and electrical engineering discipline. His specialist teaching lies in the areas of digital, data and optical communications.

His role as Director of Postgraduate Teaching revolves around the academic quality control processes and procedures that are involved in introducing new courses, the postgraduate portfolio of the School and maintaining the quality of the existing postgraduate courses.