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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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April 28, 2017

ALERT researchers Carey Rappaport, Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, & Octavia Camps are developing cutting-edge technology that can detect suspicious behavior at airports.

April 19, 2017

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo was interviewed by NBC Boston and NECN in their feature "Northeastern University Professor Pioneers New Security Technology" for his research in next generation scanning technology.

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".

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