Carey Rappaport

COE Distinguished Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Associate Director,  CenSSIS
Deputy Director & Bulk Sensors and Sensor Systems Lead,  ALERT

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  • 617.373.2043

Research Focus

Electromagnetics, antennas, computational modeling, imaging radar hardware and alogorithms, bioelectromagnetic sensing and treatment

About

Consulting:

  • Geo-centers, Inc.: Mine detection, sensor design and modeling
  • Tower Resources, Inc.: expert opinion on mobile phone based station transmission safety
  • Cities of Reading and Milton, MA: Cellular telephone health effects analysis
  • Mobile Brand Builder: Sports radar applications
  • PPG, Inc.: Microwave industrial heating applications

Research:

  • Antenna design
    • Reflectors for scanning and high-performance systems
    • bootlace scanning lenses
    • Wideband antennas
  • Wave propagation in complex media
    • Random media and boundary effects
    • Frequency-dependant materials
    • Surface and volumetric clutter
  • Computational modeling
    • Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) modeling in realistic media
    • Finite Difference Frequency Domain (FDFD) modeling with accelerated computational efficiency
    • Semi-Analytic Mode Matching (SAMM) method
    • Scientific visualization
  • Biomedical Microwaves device design and analysis
    • Cardiac ablation catheter design
    • Microwave assisted ballon angioplasty
    • Microwave hyperthermia for cancer treatment
  • Subsurface sensing system design and integration
    • Land mine detection
    • Buried contaminant and pollutant sensing
    • Ground penetrating radar systems
    • Subsurface sensor system design

Education

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer–Antennas and Propagation
  • Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • IEEE – Fellow (2006)
  • Sigma Xi – Life Member

Research Overview

Electromagnetics, antennas, computational modeling, imaging radar hardware and alogorithms, bioelectromagnetic sensing and treatment

Reflector, lens, microstrip, and phased array antennas, electromagnetic modeling and computation, subsurface sensing and imaging, explosives detection, security system conceptualization and design. Bioelectromagnetics, microwave tissue imaging, electromagnetic breast cancer detection and treatment, cardiac ablation therapy, microwave assisted balloon angioplasty, catheter-based sensing.

Selected Research Projects

  • Awareness and Localization of Explosive-Related Threats (ALERT)
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security
  • Improved Millimeter Wave Radar AIT Characterization of Concealed Low-Contrast Body-Bourne Threats
    • – Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security
  • Maturation and Validation of Dielectric Characterization Algorithms
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security

Research Centers and Institutes

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M. Tajdini, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, A. Morgenthaler, C. Rappaport, Real-Time Modeling of Forward-Looking Synthetic Aperture Ground Penetrating Radar Scattering From Rough Terrain, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 57(5), 2019, 2754-2765
  • Y. Fuse, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, C. Rappaport, Model-Based Clutter Reduction Method for Forward Looking Ground Penetrating Radar Imaging Ground Penetrating Radar, 1(2), 2018, 96-112
  • C. Rappaport, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Multistatic Nearfield Imaging Radar for Portal Security Systems Using a High Gain Toroidal Reflector Antenna, European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), Lisbon, Portugal, 2015, *best paper award
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Student Groups

Aug 20, 2021

NU Team PARIS Wins in Phase 1 of American-Made E-ROBOT Prize

A Northeastern faculty and student team was awarded a $200K prize as a finalist for Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Challenges E-ROBOT Prize. In Phase 2, up to four teams (from the 10 finalists) will receive a $500K award. The team’s submission proposed development of a Precise Air-sealing Robot for Inaccessible Spaces (PARIS). The Northeastern team is advised by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, and ECE Distinguished Professor Carey Rappaport.

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Faculty

Apr 16, 2021

Silevitch to Direct New AI Jumpstart Program

ECE Professor Michael Silevitch will lead a new Massachusetts program, AI Jumpstart, to connect small business owners in the state with academic faculty experts to learn how machine learning can grow their companies. Northeastern received a $2.2 million state grant that will be used primarily for high-speed computer equipment and also to provide for faculty consultants, both of which will be available to selected companies to get the pilot effort up and running. Northeastern kicked in an additional $2 million, raising the program’s total value to more than $4 million.

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Alumni

Mar 02, 2021

The ‘Triple Husky’ Experience

Sarah Brown is a true Northeastern success story: a ‘triple Husky’ who earned her bachelor’s in electrical engineering, E’11, master’s in electrical and computer engineering, ME’14, and a doctorate in electrical engineering, PhD’16. After completing her doctorate, she was awarded the University of California at Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and served as a postdoctoral research […]

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Mar 12, 2020

Northeastern Spearheading Advances in Travel Safety

Northeastern’s ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) is one of nine Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Centers of Excellence (COEs) located across the country. A multi-university center, ALERT conducts research and development for effective responses to explosives-related threats. ALERT is funded by a core grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate that equates to roughly $3.6 million a year. In addition to the Center’s ongoing core research award, DHS also provides each COE with an ability to obtain task order contracts targeted to develop specific security technologies and methods.

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Faculty

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.”

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Students

Sep 04, 2019

Emily Belk Wins DHS COE Summit Grand Challenge Competition

Computer Engineering and Computer Science BS student, Emily Belk was part of the winning team at the 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Centers of Excellence (COE) Summit Grand Challenge Student Competition held on July 31st at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Faculty

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.

Faculty

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”.

Faculty

Dec 19, 2018

Creating Faster, More Accurate TSA Scanners

Carey Rappaport, ECE Professor and deputy director of the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Center, is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop quicker and more accurate scanners at airport security checkpoints.

Graduate

May 14, 2018

Mahdiar Sadeghi: Student Paper Finalist in IEEE Antennas & Propagation Symposium

Mahdiar Sadeghi, who recently completed a Master’s degree in ECE under the supervision of Prof. Carey Rappaport, is one of a dozen finalists in the 2018 IEEE Antennas & Propagation Symposium student Paper Competition.

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