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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

Bioelectromagnetics, microwave tissue imaging, electromagnetic breast cancer detection and treatment, cardiac ablation therapy, microwave assisted balloon angioplasty, catheter-based sensing. Antennas, electromagnetic computation, subsurface sensing and imaging, explosives detection, security system conceptualization and design.

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
  • Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award

Professional Affiliations

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

Research Overview

Bioelectromagnetics, microwave tissue imaging, electromagnetic breast cancer detection and treatment, cardiac ablation therapy, microwave assisted balloon angioplasty, catheter-based sensing. Antennas, electromagnetic computation, subsurface sensing and imaging, explosives detection, security system conceptualization and design.

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Selected Publications

  • G. Ghazi, C. Rappaport, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Improved SAR Imaging Contour Extraction Using Smooth Sparsity-Driven Regularization, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 15(2), 2016, 266-269
  • B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Y. Alvarez, S. Mantzavinos, C.M. Rappaport, F. Las-Heras, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Improving Security Screening: A Comparison of Multistatic Radar Configurations for Human Body Imaging, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 58(4), 2016, 35-47
  • B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Y. Alvarez, Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, A. Arboleya-Arboleya, A. Garcia-Pino, C. Rappaport, F. Las-Hera, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Millimeter Wave Imaging Architecture for the On-the-Move Whole Body Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 64(6), 2016, 2328-2338
  • 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
  • Y. Alvarez, Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, C. Rappaport, F. Las-Heras, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Three-Dimensional Compressed Sensing-Based Millimeter-Wave Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 63(12), 2015, 5868-5873

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.”

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.

Faculty

Feb 10, 2018

Rappaport gives Distinguished Lecture at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport gave an invited talk in Princeton, NJ at the Dept. of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; "Advanced Millimeter-Wave Radar Concealed Threat Person Scanning System – or, How to Design an Airport Scanner that is so Accurate that We Won’t Need Humans to Look at Images."

Faculty

Nov 13, 2017

Rappaport Gives IEEE Distinguished Lectures in Australia and New Zealand

ECE Prof. Carey Rappaport gave three IEEE Distinguished Lectures in:  Melbourne, Australia, "Electromagnetic Sensing and Treatment of Living Things:  Using Microwaves to Detect and Treat Disease in Humans and Trees," in Queenstown, New Zealand, "A High Gain Toroidal Reflector Antenna for Multistatic 3D Whole Body Millimeter-Wave Imaging," and in Sydney Australia, "Multifocal Bootlace Lens Design […]

Faculty

May 24, 2017

The 'Vexing Problem' of Securing Large Public Spaces

ECE Professor and ALERT Deputy Director Carey Rappaport discusses the problems with securing large venues in the wake of the recent explosion at the Ariana Grande concert.

Apr 28, 2017

The Future of Airport Security

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

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