Richard D. Gitlin Sc.D.


Office phone: 813.974.1321

Dr. Richard D. Gitlin is a State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, Distinguished University Professor and the Agere Systems Chaired Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has more than 45 years of leadership in the communications and networking industry. He was at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies for 32-years performing and leading pioneering research and development in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems. Dr. Gitlin was Senior VP for Communications and Networking Research at Bell Labs and later CTO of Lucent's Data Networking Business Unit. After retiring from Lucent, he was visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, where he supervised several doctoral students and research projects and then Chief Technology Officer of Hammerhead Systems, a venture funded networking company in Silicon Valley.

Since joining USF in 2008, he has focused on the intersection of communications with medicine and created an interdisciplinary team that is focused on wireless networking of in vivo miniature wirelessly controlled devices to advance minimally invasive surgery and other cyber-physical health care systems. Dr. Gitlin has also directed research on advancing wireless local and 4G and 5G cellular systems by increasing their reliability and capacity.

Dr. Gitlin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the IEEE, a Bell Laboratories Fellow, and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is also a co-recipient of the 2005 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and the S.O. Rice prize, has co-authored a text, published ~150 papers and holds 55 patents.

Previously he has conducted and led research and development that has resulted in many innovative products, including: the industry-leading ATLANTA ATM Chipset, the world's first 20 gigabit/sec ATM switch, wire-speed and quality of service-aware IP switches, multicode CDMA (used in 3G HSDPA wireless data), and the BLAST broadband wireless system based on advanced smart antennas (MIMO). Earlier in his career, he led the team that pioneered V.32/V.34 voice-band modems, and in 1986 he was co-inventor of DSL. He was instrumental in launching Globespan, an early DSL chip vendor.

Dr. Gitlin received a Bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from The City College of New York, and Masters and Doctor of Engineering Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

From 2002-2006 Dr. Gitlin served on the Board of Directors of PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), where he chaired the Intellectual Property committee.

Click on the links below for information on the courses that Dr. Gitlin teaches:

Digital Communications Systems-EEL 6534 [Fall semester]

Wireless Networking-EEL 6597 [Spring semester]

Random Processes-EEL 6545 [Occasionally]


Selected Major Accomplishments

  • Co-inventor of DSL.
  • Co-inventor of multicode CDMA (used in 3G HSDPA wireless).
  • Pioneered MIMO wireless spatial domain processing (now used in 3G/4G wireless).
  • Inventor of Diversity Coding to improve the reliability of communication networks.
  • Co-inventor of adaptive equalizer to compensate for polarization dispersion in fiber optic systems.

    Research Interests

  • Communications and networking for biomedical applications.
  • Wireless signal processing, communications, and networking (4G/5G, Internet of Things, heterogeneous systems, ad-hoc systems, and cross-layer design).
  • Broadband networking (Cyber-physical systems, quality of service, restoration and reliability).

    Recent Publications

  • Please find Dr. Gitlin's publications at http://iwinlab.eng.usf.edu/Papers.htm


  • Data Communications Principles (textbook), Gitlin, Hayes, and Weinstein, Plenum Press (1992).