Prof. Scott Rickard

UCD CASL (Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory)
School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 716 5324
Fax: +353 1 283 0921


Scott Rickard was born in New York in 1970. He received the S.B. degree in Mathematics in 1992, the S.B. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1993, and the S.M. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also in 1993, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University in 2000 and 2003 respectively. 

From 1991 to 1993 he was a research assistant at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked on a prototype analog neural network computer, designed neural networks for mine detection from sonar images, and designed large sets of frequency hopped waveforms with nearly ideal ambiguity properties for sonar applications. From 1993 to 2003 he was a member of technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, New Jersey. He spent 1995 and 1996 in Munich Germany with Siemens working in the Neural Networks Group. While with Siemens, he developed and applied machine learning technology to industrial problems such as vehicle navigation, automated image analysis, biomedical signal classification, and industrial plant state prediction.

Prof. Rickard moved to UCD in September 2003 and is currently the Director of the UCD CASL and an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.
Since joining UCD, Prof. Rickard has obtained:

  • over 1.4M euro in individual funding including:
  • over 30M euro in group funding including:
    • NDRC Translational Research Grant (2009-2010)
    • SFI Equipment Grant (2008-2009)
    • SFI Stokes Professorship and Lectureship Programme (2008-2013)
    • member of Claude Shannon Institute (2006-2011)
    • member of LIBERTY Consortium - 2005

Research Interests
His research for the past several years has focused on the application of time-frequency methods and sparse signal processing for the blind separation of more sources than sensors. His research interests include time-frequency/scale analysis applied to signal processing, wireless communications, blind source separation, multicarrier communication systems, and Costas arrays. Prof. Rickard's research group, the Sparse Signal Processing Group, consists of 8 Ph.D. students, 1 M.Eng. student, and 1 postdoc.

Educational Interests
Prof. Rickard is keenly interested in science, mathematics, and engineering education, at all levels, and is co-founder of Science With Me! and co-created RoboRugby.


Research Webpages

Professional Memberships & Involvement

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (1st Year)
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1st Year) a.k.a. RoboRugby
  • Computer Engineering I (2nd year)
  • Signals, Systems & Control (3rd year)
  • Electronic Engineering Laboratory (4th Year)
  • Applications of Digital Signal Processing (4th Year) 

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