School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Martin Johnston

Senior Lecturer


Dr Martin Johnston is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. His areas of expertise are Information Theory and Error Control Coding.

Roles and Responsibilities within the School

Undergraduate Degree Programme Director for Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Admissions Tutor

National Student Survey Champion

Chair of Board of Studies


PhD in the Design and Implementation of Algebraic-Geometric Codes over AWGN and Fading Channels (Newcastle University, 2006)

MSc in Electronic Engineering (Staffordshire University, 2001)

BSc(Hons) in Physics with Electronics (University of Birmingham, 1999)


Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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Martin is a member of the Intelligent Sensing and Communications group and his profile can be viewed on Google Scholar

Research Interests

The design and construction of binary and non-binary coding schemes for wireless and data storage channels.

Potential PhD Research Projects

  • Design of new error correction decoding algorithms for non-Gaussian noise channels
  • Non-binary error correcting codes
  • New algebraic-geometric codes and low complexity decoding algorithms for current and emerging data storage devices

Current Work

I am working in the area of error control coding, particularly in the design of decoding algorithms for non-Gaussian noise and error-correction schemes for physical layer network coding.

Previous Post-Doctoral Work

Research Associate on an EPSRC funded project from 2006 - 2009 entitled The construction of new algebraic-geometric and low density parity check (LDPC) codes suitable for future data storage devices, principle investigator Prof Rolando Carrasco. EPSRC grant reference: EP/D058813/1


MSc programme in Communications and Signals Processing

The Intelligent Sensing and Communications group offer a world-class postgraduate Masters programme in Communications and Signal Processing. It covers the most important topics in this area, from the fundamentals of cellular communications, security, source coding and error control coding, modulation and networking protocols, through to cutting-edge technologies such as fourth and fifth generation (4G/5G) cellular communication and the Internet of Things (IoT). This programme will provide students with the necessary skills and experience to become extremely competent communication engineers.

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Undergraduate Teaching

EEE1005: Signals and Communications I

EEE2009: Signals and Communications II

EEE8101: Mobile and Cellular Communications

PHY8031: Quantum Information and Technology