Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo


Associate Professor

Joint appointment at Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering &
Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringDirector, SICA-LAB

418 Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) (Office)
334 Egan Center (SICA-LAB)
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Tel: 617-373-6835


  • -PhD (2005), Electrical Engineering, University of Vigo (Spain)

Research Interests

Our research work is focused on multi-coded, high-capacity sensing and imaging systems for security, health and sustainability applications.

Applied research:

  • -Autonomous swarm of drones operating under uncertainty
  • -Explosives detection: portal-based, standoff-based, and underground-based
  • -Subsurface sensing, imaging, and learning for accurate situational awareness
  • -Multimodal breast cancer detection: x-ray and thermoacoustic-tomography
  • -Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) using mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • -Micro-sized microwave atmospheric sounding satellites

Fundamental research:

  • -Computational modeling of acoustic and electromagnetic waves through complex media, including analysis and design of electromagnetic and acoustic metamaterials and sensors.
  • -Physics-based signal processing and machine learning,  including compressive sensing based imaging and optimization.
  • -Microwave, millimeter wave and acoustic robotic and mechatronic system design and integration.
  • -High-performance computing in multi-core architectures.

Teaching Interests

  • -Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • -Statistics and Probability, and Machine Learning
  • -Electromagnetic and Acoustic Fields and Waves
  • -Antennas and Radiation

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 NSF Early CAREER recipient: “CAREER: 4D mm-Wave Compressive Sensing and Imaging at One Thousand Volumetric Frames per Second.”
  • -“Best paper award” on the 2016 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Davos, Switzerland. Awarded for the paper: “Characterization and 3D Imaging of Red Blood Cells.”
  • -“Best Paper Award” on  the 2015 (47th) Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association for the paper: “Difficult-to-perform Burn Debridement Surgery can be assisted with Quantitative Optical Imaging Techniques.”
  • -“Best Paper Award” on the 2014 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation , The Hague, The Netherlands, for the paper: “A compressed sensing-based imaging system.”
  • -“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.

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)