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Jose Martinez Lorenzo

211 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Research Interests include: 

  • Compressive sensing and modeling using mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • Computational methods for differential and integral equations
  • Physics-based signal processing, imaging and optimization
  • Radar system specification and design, including antenna optimization
  • Subsurface scattering analysis in biomedical and geophysical applications
  • Explosives detection: portal-based, standoff-based, and underground-based
  • Multimodal breast cancer detection: x-ray and thermoacoustic-tomography
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) using mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • Micro-sized microwave atmospheric sounding satellites


  • PhD (2005), Electrical Engineering, University of Vigo (Spain)

Research & Scholarship Interests

Devices, circuits and sensing; antenna analysis, modeling, design, and optimization; subsurface scattering analysis; computational methods of electromagnetics; novel radar system specification and design; explosives detection.
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Honors & Awards

  • "Best Paper Award" on the 2012 IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference, Waltham, MA, for the paper: "A Compressed Sensing Approach for Detection of Explosive Threats at Standoff Distances using a Passive Array of Scatters."
  • First prize on the 2012 National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC). Advisor for students that presented our research project: "Next Generation Millimeter-Wave Body Imaging for Concealed Threat Detection," University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).
  • Paper featured in the cover page: J. G. Meana, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al, "DIRECT: deterministic radio-electric coverage tool," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 53(2):135–145, April 2011.
  • Paper featured in the cover page: J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al. "ICARA: Induced Current Analysis of Reflector Antennas." IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 47(2):92–100, March 2005.

Teaching Interests

  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Electromagnetic and Acoustic Fields and Waves
  • Antennas and Radiation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME)
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB-S)
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRS-S)
  • IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AES-S)
  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)

Selected Publications

  • B. Valdes, Y. Alvarez, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al, "On the use of improved imaging techniques for the development of a multistatic three-dimensional millimeter-wave portal for personnel screening. Progress In Electromagnetics Research, PIER, 138:83–98, 2013.
  • L. Tirado, B. Valdes, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al "GPU implementation of the Modified Equivalent Current Approximation (MECA) method," Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal,27(9)726–733, September 2012.
  • J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al. "SAR imaging of suicide bombers wearing concealed explosive threats," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, 125:255–272, 2012.
  • Y. Alvarez, B. Valdes, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al, "3D Whole Body Imaging for Detecting Explosive-Related Threats," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 60(9):4453–4458, September 2012.
  • J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, C. M. Rappaport and F. Quivira. "Physical Limitations on detecting tunnels using underground focusing spotlight synthetic aperture radar," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 59(1):65–70, January 2011.
  • A. Farid, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, A. Alshanabkeh and C. M. Rappaport, "Experimental validation of a numerical forward model for tunnel detection using cross-borehole radar," J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., 138(12), 1537–1541.
  • I.A. Osaretin, M.W. Shields, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, W.J. Blackwell "A Compact 118-GHz Radiometer Antenna for the Micro-Sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite", IEEE Antennas & Wireless Propagation Letters, 13, 2014, 1533-1536 
  • Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, C. Rappaport, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al. "Fourier-based Imaging for Multistatic Radar Systems, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques", 62(8), 2014, 1798-1810 
  • Y. Alvarez, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, C. Rappaport, et al. "On the Combination of SAR and Model Based Techniques for High-Resolution Real-Time Two Dimensional Reconstruction", IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, 62(10), 2014, 5180- 5189 
  • Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo "On the use of Passive Reflecting Surfaces and Compressive Sensing Techniques for Detecting Security Threats at Standoff  Distances", International Journal on Antennas & Propagation, 248351, 2014, 1-8 
  • J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, F. Las-Heras, C. Rappaport, et al."Sparse Array Optimization using Simulated Annealing and Compressed Sensing for Near-Field Millimeter Wave Imaging", IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, 62(4), 2014, 1716-1722
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February 27, 2017

ALERT members Carey Rappaport & Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for "Signal processing methods & systems for explosive detection & identification using electromagnetic radiation".

February 27, 2017

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded $500K NSF CAREER Award for "4D mm-Wave Compressive Sensing and Imaging at One Thousand Volumetric Frames per Second".

September 12, 2016

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport and MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo's article on Improving Security Screening: A Comparison of Multistatic Radar Configurations for Human Body...

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