Jose Martinez Lorenzo

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • 418 ISEC
  • 617.373.6835


  • 334 EC
  • 617.373.2220

Research Focus

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


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)

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)

Research Overview

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

Sensing, Imaging, Control, and Actuation Laboratory

Our research is focused on the theory of information-based sensing and imaging systems capable of learning and reasoning in applications involving fast changing scenarios, where safety-critical decisions must be made quickly. Examples of such applications investigated by our research group include but are not limited to the following: (1) security-driven applications such as swarms of drones in rescue missions and passenger screening systems searching for moving suicide bombers; (2) sustainability-driven applications such as subsurface exploration of flows and transport and satellite imaging of earth; and, (3) health-driven applications such as early detection of breast cancer and classification of burned tissues.

Sensing, Imaging, Control, and Actuation Lab

Selected Research Projects

  • CAREER: 4D mm-Wave Compressive Sensing and Imaging at One Thousand Volumetric Frames per Second
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Improved Millimeter Wave Radar AIT Characterization of Concealed Low-Contrast Body- Borne Threats
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security
  • Petrophysical Characterization and Dynamic Imaging of Flow Transport Using Coupled Multi-Physical-Field and Multi-Scale Sensing Models
    • – Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • Ghanbarzadeh-Dagheyan, Ashkan, Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Liu, Chang, Molaei, Ali, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose Angel, Vosoughi Vahdat, Bijan, Ahmadian, Mohammad Taghi (2021). A holey cavity for single-transducer 3D ultrasound imaging with physical optimization. Signal Processing, 179,107826. 10.1016/J.SIGPRO.2020.107826
  • Zhang, Weite, Gomez-Sousa, Hipolito, Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose A. (2021). Single-Frequency Imaging and Material Characterization Using Reconfigurable Reflectarrays. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, ,1-1. 10.1109/TMTT.2021.3061597
  • Ghanbarzadeh-Dagheyan, Ashkan, Molaei, Ali, Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose Angel (2020). A Resonant Metamaterial Line Array For Ultrasound Compressive Imaging. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 142(2). 10.1115/1.4045579
  • Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Molaei, Ali, Tirado, Luis, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose A. (2019). Sectioning-based ADMM Imaging for Fast Node Communication with a Compressive Antenna. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 18(2),226-230. 10.1109/LAWP.2018.2875113
  • Molaei, Ali, Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Ghazi, Galia, Vlahakis, James, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose Angel (2019). Digitized Metamaterial Absorber-based Compressive Reflector Antenna for High Sensing Capacity Imaging. IEEE Access, 7,1160-1173. 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2881103
  • Tajdini, Mohammad M., Gonzalez-Valdes, Borja, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose A., Morgenthaler, Ann W., Rappaport, Carey M. (2019). Real-Time Modeling of Forward-Looking Synthetic Aperture Ground Penetrating Radar Scattering From Rough Terrain. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 57(5),2754-2765. 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2876808
  • Zhang, Weite, Molaei, Ali, Heredia-Juesas, Juan, Tirado, Luis, Graham, Katherine, Bisulco, Anthony, Gomez-Sousa, Hipolito, Martinez-Lorenzo, Jose Angel (2019). Experimental Results of a 3-D Millimeter-Wave Compressive Reflector Antenna Imaging System. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 18(1),24-28. 10.1109/LAWP.2018.2875628
  • A.Molaei, A. Bisulco, L. Tirado, A. Zhu, D. Cachay, A.G. Dagheyan, and J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, 3D Printed E-Band Compressive Horn Antenna for Highsensing-capacity Imaging Applications, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 2018, 1
  • J.L. Crespo-Vázquez, C.J.C. Gonzalez, E. Diaz-Dorado, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, M. Noor-E-Alam, Evaluation of a Data Driven Stochastic Approach to Optimize the Participation of a Wind and Storage Power Plant in Day-Ahead and Reserve Markets, Energy 156(8), 2018, 278–291
  • A.G. Dagheyan, C. Liu, A. Molaei, J.H. Juesas, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Holey-Cavity-Based Compressive Sensing for Ultrasound Imaging, Sensors, 18(6), 2018, 1674
  • J.H. Juesas, J.E. Thatcher, Y. Lu, J.J. Squiers, D. King, W. Fan, J.M. DiMaio, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Burn-Injured Tissue Detection for Debridement Surgery through Non-Invasive Optical Imaging Techniques, Biomed Opt Express, 9(4), 2018, 1809–1826
  • Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, P. Paayam, R. Sipahi, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Development of a Combined Time Frequency Technique for Accurate Extraction of pNN50 Metric from Noisy Heart Rate Measurements, International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, 2, 2018, 193–208
  • A. Molaei, J.H.Juesas, W. Blackwell, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Interferometric Sounding Using a Metamaterial-based Compressive Reflector Antenna, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 66(5), 2018, 2188–2198


Jun 09, 2022

MatrixSpace Startup Works to Connect People and Intelligent Machines

MIE Associate Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo’s startup MatrixSpace is working to improve the collaboration between humans and artificially intelligent machines, while still keeping humans in charge.


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.

Jose Martinez Lorenzo


Jul 09, 2020

Increasing Target Sensitivity with Coded Compressive Antenna

MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo was awarded a patent for creating a “Compressive coded antenna/meta-antenna”.

Jose Martinez Lorenzo


Nov 20, 2019

Martinez-Lorenzo Awarded Patent to Detect Security Threats

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for creating an “Ultrasonic-based system for detection of metallic security threats containers on cargo”.

Carey Rappaport and Jose Martinez-Lorenzo


Sep 18, 2019

ALERT Receives Patent

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport & MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for the “Characterization of dielectric slabs attached to the body using focused millimeter waves.”


Jul 31, 2019

Air Force Targets Drones during Latest Pitch Day

MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo was featured in the U.S. Air Force article “Air Force Targets Drones during Latest Pitch Day” and the Lowell Sun video “Drone swarm detection & Tracking Demo”.


Jul 18, 2019

Developing Better Airport Sensors

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport and MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo are developing sensors that could replace current airport scanners to quickly scan passengers as they walk down a hallway.


May 23, 2019

ALERT Awarded Patent

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport & MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for “On the move millimeter wave interrogation system with a hallway of multiple transmitters and receivers”.


Apr 03, 2019

ECE Team Awarded DOD DURIP Grant

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and co-PIs Associate Professors Kaushik Chowdhury, Stefano Basagni, and Assistant Professor Jose Angel Martinez-Lorenzo were awarded a $295K grant by the Office of Naval Research for their proposal on “PROTECT: A Millimeter-wave Programmable Radio platfOrm and Tactical wirelEss Communication Testbed” as part of DOD’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

Spotlight Story

Sep 28, 2018

Making a Postive Impact on People Through Improved Security

Katherine Graham, BS Mechanical Engineering 2021, shares her experience working with the ALERT research center and her interest in security-related projects. From participating in the ALERT/Gordon CenSSIS Scholars Program to the ALERT SEWDP (Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program), she has been involved with ALERT since her first year at Northeastern University. Katherine, who works […]

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