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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

David Matolak

Title: Professor, Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-8334
Fax: 803-777-8045

Room 3A28
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Dr. David Matolak

Research Interests

  • Wireless Channel Characterization: statistically non-stationary, multi-band & multi-resolution models; current applications include air-ground channel modeling, vehicle-to-vehicle channel modeling, "micro-channel" modeling for wireless networks on chips
  • Ad Hoc Communication Networks: multiple access, duplexing, & multiplexing schemes for dynamic range/rate/latency/lifetime; performance for non-stationary topologies; ad hoc network metrics
  • Modulation/Detection PHY/MAC: Spread Spectrum modulations, efficient detection schemes, & reactive-bandwidth spectral overlay; Narrowband Modulation variable-bandwidth spectral overlay, co-channel interference suppression & rapid performance estimation; robust UAS transmission schemes (e.g., FBMC); V2V channel/MAC modeling
  • Random Process Modeling: modeling of communication signals and their statistics
  • Electromagnetics Modeling: wave propagation and antennas for communications applications; FDTD & ray tracing


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1995.
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1987.
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1983.

Representative Publications

  • D. W. Matolak, A. Chandrasekaran, "5 GHz Intra-Vehicle Channel Characterization," IEEE Fall Vehicular Tech. Conf., Quebec, Canada, 3-6 September 2012.
  • C. Gentile, D. W. Matolak, K. A. Remley, C. L. Holloway, Q. Wu, Q. Zhang, "Modeling Urban Peer-to-Peer Channel Multipath Characteristics for the 700 MHz and 4.9 GHz Public Safety Bands," Proc. IEEE ICC, Ottawa, Canada, 10-15 June 2012.
  • D. W. Matolak, "Channel Modeling for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications and Networking," in Wireless Technologies in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks: Present and Future Challenges, Chp. 2, R. A. Santos, V. R. Licea, editors, IGI Global Publishing, 2012.
  • J. Zhang, D. W. Matolak, "Transmitted Power Allocation/Control for Multi-band MC-CDMA," Physical Communication Journal (Elsevier), online doi:10.1016/j.phycom.2009.08.001, 2009 (print: vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 139-146, Sep. 2010).
  • D. W. Matolak, Q. Wu, I. Sen, "5 GHz Band Vehicle-to-Vehicle Channels: Models for Multiple Values of Channel Bandwidth," IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 2620-2625, June 2010.
  • H. Fielitz, K. A. Remley, C. L. Holloway, D. W. Matolak, Q. Zhang, Q. Wu, "Reverberation-Chamber Test Environment for Outdoor Urban Wireless Propagation Studies," IEEE Antennas & Propagation Letters, vol. 9, pp. 52-56, March 2010.
  • W. Xiong, D. W. Matolak, "Spectrally Shaped DS-CDMA with Dual Sideband Combining for Increased Diversity on Dispersive Fading Channels," Journ. Wireless Pers. Comm. (Springer), 0929-6212 (Print) 1572-834X (Online), DOI 10.1007/s11277-009-9743-y, 2009.
  • D. W. Matolak, "Probability Density Functions for SNIR in Asynchronous DS-CDMA," IEEE Trans. Communications, vol. 57, no. 6, pp. 1628-1633, June 2009.
  • D. W. Matolak, I. Sen, W. Xiong, "The 5 GHz Airport Surface Area Channel: Part I, Measurement and Modeling Results for Large Airports," IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 2014-2026, July 2008