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Richard D. Gitlin

Richard D. Gitlin

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Gender male
Birth 25 April 1943
Star sign TaurusTaurus
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Richard D. Gitlin (born April 25, 1943) is an electrical engineer, inventor, research manager and executive, and academic whose principal places of employment are Bell Labs and the University of South Florida (USF). He is known for his work on Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), multi-code CDMA, and smart MIMO antenna technology all while at Bell Labs.

Education and Career

Gitlin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BEE (with honors) in electrical engineering from The City College of New York(CCNY)in 1964, followed by an MSEE in 1965 and a Doctor of Engineering Science in 1969, both from Columbia University Gitlin'a research, under the supervision of Dr. William R. Bennett, was in the area of adaptive signal processing; it used early machine learning techniques for signal classification and detection.

After receiving his doctorate, Gitlin joined Bell Laboratories, where he worked for 32 years in research and development of digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems. His work there resulted in many innovative products, including: co-invention of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), invention of multicode CDMA (used in 3G wireless), and pioneered the use of smart antennas (“MIMO”) for wireless systems. Earlier in his career, Gitlin led the team that created the first V.32/V.34 duplex, high-speed modems that used echo cancellation, fractionally spaced equalization, and trellis coded modulation.

At his retirement in 2001, Gitlin was Senior VP for Communications and Networking Research at Bell Labs (then reorganized as Lucent), leading a multi-national research organization with over 500 professionals. After retiring, he became visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, and later he was Chief Technology Officer of Hammerhead Systems, a venture funded networking company in Silicon Valley.

Gitlin subsequent moved to the University of South Florida as State of Florida 21st Century Scholar, Distinguished University Professor, and the Agere Systems Chair of Electrical Engineering.

Since joining USF in 2008, Gitlin research has focused on the intersection of wireless communications and networking with biomedical engineering. He created an interdisciplinary team that is focused on wireless networking in vivo miniature wirelessly controlled devices to advance minimally invasive surgery and other cyber-physical health care systems, such as a compact vectorcardiogram that provides 24x7 wireless connectivity of diagnostic-quality cardiac information. Gitlin is also exploring technologies for wireless 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

Gitlin has co-authored a communications text, published more than 100 papers, including 3 prize-winning papers, and holds 55 US patents.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished University Professor-University of South Florida (2013)
  • Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (2012)
  • National Academy of Engineering, for “contributions to communications systems and networking” (2005)
  • Thomas Alva Edison patent award from the R&D Council of New Jersey (2005)
  • AT&T Bell Labs Fellow, for “contributions to data communications” (1987)
  • IEEE Fellow for “contributions to data communications techniques” (1986)
  • IEEE Communications Society Steven O. Rice Award (1995)
  • IEEE Communications Society Frederick Ellersick Award (1994)
  • Bell System Technical Journal Award (1982)
  • Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi

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