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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

David Matolak

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

Room 3A28
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

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David W. Matolak received the B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, M.S. degree from The University of Massachusetts, and Ph.D. degree from The University of Virginia, all in electrical engineering. He has over 25 years’ experience in communication system research, development, and deployment, with industry, government institutions, and academia, including AT&T Bell Labs, L3 Communication Systems, MITRE, and Lockheed Martin. He has over 250 publications and eight patents. He was a professor at Ohio University (1999-2012), and since 2012 has been a professor at the University of South Carolina. He has organized multiple IEEE workshops and special sessions, and was Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. His research interests are radio channel modeling and communication techniques for non-stationary fading channels. Prof. Matolak is also a member of standards groups in RTCA and ITU, and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, URSI, ASEE, and AIAA. He is also an IEEE Fellow.

Research Interests

  • Physical Layer Signaling/Processing: adaptive modulation & detection; dynamic high-capacity modulations (e.g., overlaid spread-spectrum/narrowband); assured signaling for adverse/contested environments, including low probability of detection/intercept & anti-jam
  • Wireless Channel Characterization: analysis, measurement, and modeling for statistically non-stationary and extreme settings; multi-band & multi-resolution models; air-ground & vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V); mmWave channels; stochastic/deterministic models for high-mobility platforms
  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) & Aeronautical Communications: secure V2V & aeronautical networking; robust Air-X & UAV transmission/reception; high-efficiency V2V/V2X signaling
  • Ad Hoc/Multi-Platform Communications: multiple access, duplexing, & multiplexing for dynamic range/rate/latency/lifetime; non-stationary topologies; game-theoretic networking
  • Future Wireless Applications: PHY/DLL techniques for anomalous conditions (e.g., “ultra-reliable,” “extreme”); resilient long-term outdoor networks; multi-tier V2X networking; communications for civil, biological, and earth and space sciences


  • 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.

Refereed Journals/Magazines: Published/Accepted for Publication

  • Liu, D. W. Matolak, I. Guvenc, H. Mehrpouyan, “Tropospheric Attenuations for Future mmWave Terrestrial Systems: Estimating Statistics and Extremes,” accepted, to appear, International Journal of Communication Systems, January 2022.
  • Erden, O. Ozdemir, I. Guvenc, D. W. Matolak, “EMR: A New Metric to Assess the Resilience of Directional mmWave Channels to Blockages,” International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Journal of Evolving and Future Technologies, vol. 2, pp. 47-60, 20 September 2021.
  • W. Matolak, H. Jamal, “Multicarrier Spectral Shaping for Non-White Interference Channels: Application to L-band Aviation Channels,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 10686-10694, October 2021.
  • N. Hosseini, D. W. Matolak, “Noncoherent Multiuser Chirp Spread Spectrum: Performance with Doppler and Asynchronism,” IEEE Trans. Comm., vol. 69, no. 7, pp. 4558-4568, July 2021.
  • N. Hosseini, D. W. Matolak, “Nonlinear Quasi-Synchronous Multi-User Chirp Spread Spectrum Signaling,” IEEE Trans. Comm., vol. 69, no. 5, pp. 3079-3090, May 2021.
  • A. Sahin, N. Hosseini, H. Jamal, S. S. M. Hoque, D. W. Matolak, “DFT-spread-OFDM Based Chirp Transmission,” IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 902-906, March 2021.
  • N. Hosseini, M. Khatun, K. Du, O. Ozdemir, D. W. Matolak, H. Mehrpouyan, I. Guvenc, “Attenuation of Several Common Building Materials: Millimeter-Wave Frequency Bands 28, 73, and 91 GHz,” IEEE Antennas & Propagation Magazine, January 2021.
  • N. Hassan, M. Kaske, C. Schneider, G. Sommerkorn, R. Thoma, D. W. Matolak, “Measurement Based Determination of Parameters for Non-stationary TDL Models with Reduced Number of Taps,” IET Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation Journal, vol. 14, no. 14, pp. 1719-1732, November 2020.
  • M. Walter, D. Shutin, M. Schmidhammer, D. W. Matolak, A. Zajic, “Geometric Analysis of the Doppler Frequency for General Non-Stationary 3D Mobile-to-Mobile Channels based on Prolate Spheroidal Coordinates,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 69, no. 10, pp. 10419-10434, July 2020.
  • W. Khawaja, O. Ozdemir, F. Erden, I. Guvenc, D. W. Matolak, “Ultra-Wideband Air-to-Ground Propagation Channel Characterization in an Open Area,” IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, June 2020.
  • X. Cheng, Y. Li, C-X Wang, X. Yin, D. W. Matolak, “A 3D Geometry-based Stochastic Model for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle MIMO Ricean Fading Channels,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 8674-8687, May 2020.
  • M. Walter, D. Shutin, D. W. Matolak, N. Schneckenberger, T. Wiedemann, A. Dammann, “Analysis of Non-Stationary 3D Air-to-Air Channels Using the Theory of Algebraic Curves,” IEEE Trans. Wireless Comm., vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 3767-3780, August 2019.
  • N. Schneckenberger, T. Jost, M. Walter, G. del Gado, D. W. Matolak, U. C. Fiebig, “Wideband Air-Ground Channel Model for a Regional Airport Environment,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 68, no. 7, pp. 6243-6256, July 2019.
  • Z. Cui, C. Briso, K. Guan, D. W. Matolak, C. Calvo-Ramirez, B. Ai, Z. Zhong, “Low Altitude UAV Air-to-Ground Propagation Channel Analysis and Modeling in Suburban Environment at 3.9 GHz,” IET Journal on Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1503-1508, July 2019.
  • W. Khawaja, I. Guvenc, D. W. Matolak, U.-C. Fiebig, N. Schneckenberger, “A Survey of Air-to-Ground Channel Modeling for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 21, no. 3, May 2019.
  • M. G. Doone, S. L. Cotton, D. W. Matolak, C. Oestges, S. F. Heaney, W. G. Scanlon, “Pedestrian-to-Vehicle Communications in an Urban Environment: Channel Measurements and Modeling,” IEEE Trans. Antennas & Propagation, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 1790-1803, March 2019.
  • P. Bithas, A. Kanatas, D. W. Matolak, “Exploiting Stationarity for Antenna Selection in V2V Communications,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 1607-1615, February 2019.
  • K. Guan, D. He, B. Ai, D. W. Matolak, Q. Wang, Z. Zhong, T. Kuerner, “5-GHz Obstructed Vehicle-to-Vehicle Channel Characterization for Internet of Intelligent Vehicles,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 100-110, February 2019.
  • H. Jamal, D. W. Matolak, “Dual-Polarization FBMC for Improved Performance in Wireless Communication Systems,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 349-358, January 2019.

Book Chapters

  • W. Khawaja, I. Guvenc, D. W. Matolak, “A Survey of Air-to-Ground Propagation Channel Modeling for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” in UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond, Wiley Press, 2020.
  • M. Ezuma, F. Erden, C. K. Anjinappa, O. Ozdemir, I. Guvenc, D. W. Matolak, “UAV Detection and Identification,” in UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond, Wiley Press, 2020.
  • D. W. Matolak, “Wireless Channel Characterization for the 5 GHz Band Airport Surface Area,” in Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication Systems; AeroMACS, B. Kamali, IEEE Press, 2018.

Courses Taught

  • Wireless communication- ELCT 562
    • F2021, F2014, F2015, F2016, S2018, S2019
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering- ELCT 101
    • F2020
  • Electrical Science- ELCT 102
    • S2013
  • Fundamentals of Communication Systems- ELCT 332
    • F2013, F2014, F2018
  • Introduction of Signal Processing- ELCT 321
    • S2016, F2017, S2020, S2021
  • Wireless Communications- ELCT 562
    • F2021, F2014, F2015, F2016, S2018, S2019
  • Radio Propagation & Wireless Channel Modeling- ELCT 732
    • S2014, S2017, F2019
  • Information Theory- ELCT 891
    • S2015

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