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Josep M Jornet

Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering



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Research Focus

Terahertz communications for 6G systems, wireless nano-bio-communication networks, Internet of Nano-Things


Josep Miquel Jornet was born in Tarragona, Spain, in 1984. He received a Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the Master of Science in Information and Communication Technologies from Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, in 2008. From September 2007 to December 2008, he was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, under the MIT Sea Grant program. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in August 2013. Between August 2013 and August 2019, he was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Since August 2019, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, the director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking (UN) Laboratory and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at NU. His current research interests are in Terahertz-band communication networks, Nanophotonic wireless communication, Wireless Nano-bio-sensing Networks, and the Internet of Nano-Things. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 1 book and 3 US patents. His work has received more than 6,600 citations (h-index of 37 as of October 2019). Since July 2016, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Nano Communication Networks Journal. He is serving as the lead PI on multiple grants from U.S. federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2019 and is the recipient of of several other awards from IEEE, ACM and UB.


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA 2013
  • M.S., Information & Communication Technologies, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, 2008
  • B.S., Telecommunications Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, March 2019.
  • UB SEAS Early Career Teacher of Year Award, December 2018.
  • UB Exceptional Scholar – Young Investigator Award, for his contributions to the field of Terahertz Communications, 2018.
  • Distinguished TPC Member Award, IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) 2018.
  • UB SEAS Early Career Researcher of the Year Award, for “for seminal, and high-impact, contributions to the development of novel communication networks, including terahertz-band communication systems, implantable and wearable medical-device technology, and the internet of things,” December 2017.
  • Best Paper Award, Runner Up, for “X60: A Programmable Testbed for Wideband 60 GHz WLANs with Phased Arrays,” in the 11th ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (WiNTECH) 2017, Snowbird, Utah, October 2017.
  • Best Paper Award, for “Stochastic Multipath Channel Modeling and Power Delay Profile Analysis for Terahertz-band Communication,” in the 4th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NanoCom) 2017, Washington, DC, September 2017.
  • ACM NanoCom Outstanding Milestone Award, in recognition of “his pioneering contributions to the field of nano-device technology and communication techniques for nanonetworks in the Terahertz spectrum,” received at the 4th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NanoCom) 2017, Washington, DC, September 2017.
  • IEEE ComSoc Young Professional Best Innovation Award, for “his innovative application of nano-biosensor networks to smart health monitoring and diagnosis systems,” received at IEEE ICC 2017, Paris, May 2017.

Leadership Positions

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • IEEE Communications Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery

Research Overview

Terahertz communications for 6G systems, wireless nano-bio-communication networks, Internet of Nano-Things

Selected Research Projects

  1. “Enabling Frequency-agile Ultra-broadband Airborne Networks in the THz Band,” Air Force Research Lab, May 8, 2019 – September 30, 2022.
  2. “CAREER: Realizing Ultra-broadband Terahertz Communication Networks,” National Science Foundation, March 1, 2019 – February 28, 2024.
  3. “NeTS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Scaling WLANs in Spectrum, User Density, and Robustness,” National Science Foundation, August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2022.
  4. “PFI:BIC:WearNet: Smart Health Monitoring & Diagnosis System based on Wearable Nano-biosensing Networks,”
    National Science Foundation, September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020.

  5. “Networked Nanophotonic Devices for Stem Cell Regulation: From Optogenetics to Optogenomics,”
    National Science Foundation, August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2020.

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • Q. Xia, Z. Hossain, M. Medley, and J. M. Jornet, “Synchronization and Medium Access Control Protocol for Terahertz-band Communication networks,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2019.
  • Z. Hossain, C. Mollica, J. Federici, and J. M. Jornet, “Stochastic Interference Modeling and Experimental Validation for Pulse-based Terahertz Communication,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 4103-4115, August 2019.
  • Q. Xia and J. M. Jornet, “Expedited Neighbor Discovery in Directional Terahertz Communication Networks Enhanced by Antenna Side-lobe Information,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 68, no. 8, pp. 7804-7814, August 2019.
  • J. M. Jornet, Y. Bae, C. Handelmann, B. Decker, A. Balcerak, A. Sangwan, P. Miao, A. Desai, L. Feng, E. K. Stachowiak and M. K. Stachowiak, “Optogenomic Interfaces: Bridging BiologicalNetworks with the Electronic Digital World,” Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 107, no. 7, pp. 1387-1401, July 2019.
  • S. Wirdatmadja, P. Johari, A. Desai, Y. Bae, E. Stachowiak, M. K. Stachowiak, J. M. Jornet and S. Balasubramaniam, “Analysis of Light Propagation on Physiological Properties of Neurons for Nanoscale Optogenetics,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 108-117, February 2019.
  • X. Zeng, Y. Yang, N. Zhang, D. Ji, X. Gu, J. M. Jornet, Y. Wu and Q. Gan, “Plasmonic Interferometer Array Biochip as a New Mobile Medical Device for Cancer Detection (Invited),” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 1-7, January/February 2019.
  • M. Nafari, G. R. Aizin and J. M. Jornet, “Plasmonic HEMT Terahertz Transmitter based on the Dyakonov-Shur Instability: Performance Analysis and Impact of Nonideal Boundaries,” Physical Review Applied, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 064025, December 2018.
  • J. Ma, R. Shrestha, J. Adelberg, C.-Y. Yeh, Z. Hossain, E. Knightly, J. M. Jornet, and D. M. Mittleman, “Security and eavesdropping in terahertz wireless links,” Nature, vol. 563, no. 7729, pp. 89-93, November 2018.


Jul 31, 2020

Jornet Publishes Paper in the Journal ‘Science’ on Tunable Topological Charge Vortex Microlaser

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet published a collaborative paper in the prestigious journal Science, titled: “Tunable Topological Charge Vortex Microlaser.” With COVID-19, the volume of information that the Internet needs to carry has drastically increased. To be able to keep up with the user needs and enable new forms of online interaction, new ways to be able to transmit more information over existing infrastructure are needed. In collaboration with groups at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, Jornet and the research team have theoretically designed and experimentally demonstrated the first on-chip tunable laser for orbital angular momentum (OAM) modulation and multiplexing.


Jul 14, 2020

Jornet Awarded $900K NSF Grant to Help Further 6G Possibilities

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet was recently awarded a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be part of a collaborative project ($2.7 million total) focused on developing new Terahertz (THz) devices and their control algorithms.


Jul 14, 2020

NU Prof. Awarded Air Force Grant for Terahertz Comms Research

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet was awarded an AFRL grant for “Protocol Stack Design for Frequency-agile Ultra-broadband Airborne Networks in the THz Band,” and aims to design, analyze, and experimentally demonstrate new THz communication protocols for airborne networks.


Aug 29, 2019

New Faculty Spotlight: Josep Jornet

Josep Jornet joins the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in August 2019 as an Associate Professor.

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