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 is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking (UN) Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. He received the 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.

His current research interests are in Terahertz communication networks, wireless nano-bio-communication networks, and the Internet of Nano-Things. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 1 book and 3 US patents. His work has received more than 8,200 citations (h-index of 41 as of September 2020). 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 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

  • Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Northeastern University, 2019.
  • 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.

Teaching Interests

Both fundamental and advanced concepts in communications and networking, including terahertz communications, nanonetworks, and the Internet of Things.

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

Selected recent references:

  • S. Wirdatmadja, J. M. Jornet, Y. Koucheryavy and S. Balasubramaniam, “Channel Impulse Analysis of Light Propagation for Point-to-point Nano Communications through Cortical Neurons,” IEEE Transactions on Communications,2020.
  • CC. Wang, X. Yao, WL. Wang and J. M. Jornet, “Multi-hop Deflection Routing Algorithm Based on Reinforcement Learning for Energy-Harvesting Nanonetworks,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2020.
  • A. Singh, M. Andrello, N. Thawdar and J. M. Jornet, “Design and Operation of a Graphene-based Plasmonic Nano-antenna Array for Communication in the Terahertz Band,” IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, 2020.
  • 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, 2020.
  • P. Sen, D. Pados, S. Batalama, E. Einarsson, J. P. Bird, and J. M. Jornet, “The TeraNova Platform: An Integrated Testbed for Ultra-broadband Wireless Communications at True Terahertz Frequencies,” Elsevier Computer Networks (COMNET), 2020.
  • Z. Zhang, X. Qiao, B. Midya, K. Liu, J. Sun, T. Wu, W. Liu, R. Agarwal, J. M. Jornet, S. Longhi, N.M. Litchinitser, and L. Feng, “Tunable topological charge vortex microlaser via spin-orbit interactions,” Science, 2020.
  • 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, 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, 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 Biological Networks with the Electronic Digital World,” Proceedings of the IEEE, 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, 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, 2019.
  • 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, 2018.

In the Media

Mar 23, 2021

Autonomous Cars Drive Terahertz Research

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet was recently interviewed by the SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) about the use of terahertz technologies in the future of autonomous cars. The story “Autonomous cars drive terahertz research” was published in an issue of Photonics Focus.


Feb 08, 2021

Investigating Neuronal Networks Through Optogenomics

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet (PI), Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and Assistant Professor Hui Fang, in collaboration with Michal Stachowiak and Yongho Bae from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, was awarded a $600K NSF grant for “Control of Information Processing and Learning in Neuronal Networks through Light-mediated Programming of Genomic Networks.”


Sep 28, 2020

Using Lasers and Light for Faster Internet

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet is manipulating lasers and the properties of light to enable faster and better internet connections.


Sep 10, 2020

Faculty and Staff Awards 2020

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2019-2020 academic school year.


Sep 03, 2020

Northeastern’s WIOT to Co-Host First Annual 6G Symposium

Northeastern University’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIOT), along with mobile and video technology research and development company InterDigital, is hosting a virtual 6G symposium to create excitement and increase public awareness and engagement in articulating a strong vision for 6G.


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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