Richard D. Gitlin Sc.D.


Office phone: 813.974.1321

Dr. Richard D. Gitlin retired from USF in 2019 and is currently a Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus and a Professor in the Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation at USF. Previously, he was a Distinguished University Professor, State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, and the Agere Systems Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at USF. He has more than 50 years of leadership in the communications industry and in academia, with a record of significant contributions that have been sustained and prolific over several decades.

Before joining the USF faculty in 2007, Dr. Gitlin was at Bell Labs for 32 years, performing and leading pioneering R&D in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems. He is best known as the co-inventor of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and a pioneer in the application of advanced spatial signal processing (now known as MIMO) in wireless systems. He also led research and development at Bell Labs that resulted in 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). At his retirement, he was Senior Vice President for communications and networking research.

After retiring from Bell Labs, he was visiting professor at Columbia University, where he supervised several doctoral students and research projects and later Chief Technology Officer of Hammerhead Systems, a venture funded Silicon Valley networking company.

At USF his research has had two major themes: (1) the intersection of communications with medicine to advance minimally invasive surgery and other cyber-physical health care systems such as a vectorcardiogram that uses machine learning to provide predictive 24/7 diagnostic quality cardiac care in a compact personal device and (2) creating foundational technologies to ensure ultra-reliability, low latency, and other advanced technological capabilities for the emerging 5G wireless and IoT wireless networks, as well as the future 6G wireless networks.

Dr. Gitlin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Bell Laboratories Fellow, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, co-recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and the S.O. Rice Prize, and a member of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He has co-authored a graduate text on digital communications, published more than 170 papers, and holds 75 U.S. patents.

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.

Click on the links below for information on the courses that Dr. Gitlin has taught in the past:

Digital Communications Systems-EEL 6534 [Fall semester]

Wireless Networking-EEL 6597 [Spring semester]

Random Processes-EEL 6545 [Occasionally]


Awards and Recognition

  • 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow
  • 2018 Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL)
  • 2017 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Distinguished University Professor - University of South Florida
  • 2012 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow
  • 2005 National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • 2005 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award
  • 1995 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize
  • 1987 Bell Labs Fellow
  • 1986 IEEE Fellow

    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).


  • Please find Dr. Gitlin's USF publications at http://iwinlab.eng.usf.edu/Papers.htm
  • Please find Dr. Gitlin's complete publication list at http://iwinlab.eng.usf.edu/Gitlin/RD Gitlin Publication List.pdf


  • Please find Dr. Gitlin's USF patents at http://iwinlab.eng.usf.edu/Patents.htm
  • Please find Dr. Gitlin's complete patent list at http://iwinlab.eng.usf.edu/Gitlin/RD Gitlin Patent List.pdf


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