Dr Toby Whitley

Dr Toby Whitley

Associate Head of School (Electronics and Robotics)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Module leader for ELEC 139, 141, 345, 346


BEng (Hons). Electronics and Communications (1993-1996).
PhD. Handover in Wireless ATM (1996-2000).

Studied at the University of Bristol and then went on to work on the SIBIS (Secure Interactive Broadcast Infotainment System) project. This delivered encrypted content on demand.  The content was paid for using micro-payments between online banking entities per piece of content consumed by the user.

Took a year off to go mountaineering and then cycled down the east coast of Australia from Cairns to Cooktown then on to Sydney.

Started work on the OSIRIS project developing an 802.11n (WIFI) testbed using MIMO technology. Looked at rate adaptation, channel adaptation and access, MIMO selection and QoS provision for different traffic streams as part of the MAC and LLC.

Trained for and completed my first Ironman (Switzerland).

Joined the University of Bath as a teaching fellow for a year before starting on a project investigating Sprites and global lightning. I set up a network of data loggers to record the ELF signatures given off by sprites and their associated positive lightning strikes. The data loggers were sited at Pinon Flat in California, the Sutherland Observatory in South Africa, the Geoscience Australia observatory near Canberra and the British Geological Survey observatory in Eskdalemuir, Scotland.
Continued at the University of Bath as a teaching fellow until joining Plymouth University in May 2012.




Whitley, T., et al. (2011), Worldwide extremely low frequency magnetic field sensor network for sprite studies, Radio Sci., 46, RS4007, doi:10.1029/2010RS004523.

T.M Whitley and M.A. Beach, Quality of Service Parameters for Handover in Wireless ATM, Proc 16th IEE Teletraffic Symposium on Management of Quality of Service, May 2000 pp 9/1-9/6.

T.M. Whitley and M.A. Beach, The Effect of Handover Quality on Buffering Requirements in WATM, IEEE-VTC SCVT-2000 Symposium, 19 October 2000 pp 30-35

Waller, A.O.; Jones, G.; Whitley, T.; Edwards, J.; Kaleshi, D.; Munro, A.; MacFarlane, B.; Wood, A.; Securing the delivery of digital content over the Internet. Electronics & Communication Engineering Journal Volume 14, Issue 5, Oct. 2002 Page(s):239 – 248

Waller, A.O.; Jones, G.; Whitley, T.; Edwards, J.; Kaleshi, D.; Munro, A.; MacFarlane, B.; Wood, A.; Secure GSM and Beyond: End to End Security for Mobile Communications, IEE Seminar on (Digest No. 2003/10059) 11 Feb. 2003 Page(s):11/1 - 11/4

Xi, W.H.; Whitley, T.; Munro, A.; Barton, M.; Kaleshi, D.; Heide, G.; Modelling and Simulation of MAC for QoS in IEEE 802.11e Using OPNET Modeler, OPNET Work 2004

Xi, W.H.; Whitley, T.; Munro, A.; Barton, M.; Kaleshi, D.; Heide, G.; Effectiveness of qos provided by ieee 802.11e for different traffic types, Vehicular Technology Conference, 2005. VTC-2005-Fall. 2005 IEEE 62nd Volume 2, 25-28 Sept., 2005 Page(s):1132 - 1136 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/VETECF.2005.1558103

Mitchell (Contributing author); Security for Mobility. IEE Telecommunications Series 51. ISBN 0-86341-337-4

Fullekrug, M.; Roussel-Dupre, R.; Symbalisty, E.; Chanrion, O.; Van Der Velde, O.; Whitley, T.; Neubert, T; Broadband Electromagnetic Pulses Coinciding with Sprite Luminosity, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2009

Fullekrug, M.; Roussel-Dupre, R.; Symbalisty ,E.; Chanrion, O.; Van der Velde, O.; Soula, S.; Odzimek, A.; Bennett, A.; Whitley, T.; and Neubert, T.; Relativistic Electron Beams Above Thunderclouds, EGU2010-11461, 2010

Whitley, T.; Fullekrug, M.; Rycroft, M.; Friedrichs, B.; A Summary and Evaluation of Initial ELF Sprite Measurements, Eskdalemuir, Scotland, NAM08 (MIST meeting)

Whitley, T.; Fullekrug, M.; Rycroft, M.; Combined Electric and Magnetic field measurements in the Medium and Extremely Low freqeuncy bands, MIST meeting at European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2009