Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences


Eurecom - Communication systems 
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  • He obtained a Ph.D degree from ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications), Paris, France, in 1997.
  • From April 1997 to October 1998, he has been postdoctoral student at the Smart Antenna Research Group of the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University.
  • David Gesbert has defended his HDR (french appellation for "Habilitation à Diriger des recherches") in 2013


  • From 1993 to 1997, he was with France Telecom Research, Paris, where he was involved in the development and study of receiver algorithms for digital radio communications systems.
  • After a visit at Stanford University, he took part in end of 1998 in the founding team of Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, Ca (initially known as Gigabit Wireless), a startup company pioneering the first high-speed wireless internet access networks using MIMO and OFDM. The technology was acquired by Intel in 2002 and is now featured as part of the WiMax 802.16 standard.



  • Best Paper Award, for the article: "Performance of mobile networks with UAVs: Can flying base stations substitute ultra-dense small cells?" (EW 2017).
  • In 2015, David Gesbert has received an ERC Advanced Grant for his project PERFUME
  • Best Paper Award 2012 of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
  • He received the Fellow distinction from IEEE (2011)
  • He authored or co-authored papers winning the 2004 IEEE Best Tutorial Paper Award (Communications Society) for a 2003 JSAC (Journal on Selected Areas in Communications) paper on MIMO systems,
  • 2005 Best Paper (Young Author) Award for Signal Proc. Society journals.