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J Laneman

J Nicholas Laneman


Phone: 574-631-8034

Office: 267 Fitzpatrick


Ph.D, MIT, 2002

M.S., MIT, 1997

B.S., EE & CS Washington University, 1995


Dr. Laneman is Founding Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Fellow of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in communications architecture—a blend of information theory, error-control coding, signal processing for communications, network protocols, and hardware design—with current emphasis on wireless systems.

In addition to three conference best paper awards, Laneman has received a 2006 Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a 2003 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and the 2001 MIT EECS Harold L. Hazen Graduate Teaching Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Guest Editor for Special Issues of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He was also the first Online Editor for the IEEE Information Theory Society and currently serves on its Board of Governors.

Laneman is author or co-author on over 120 publications, including 40 journal articles and 3 invited book chapters, and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2010, 2015). He is co-inventor on six U.S. patents and has several patents pending. He currently advises four Ph.D. students; ten Ph.D. degrees, thirteen M.S. degrees, and one B.S. honors degree have been earned under his supervision. All of these research efforts have been supported in part by over $10.5M in research funding, with Laneman serving as principal investigator on just over $3.7M.

Summary of Activities/Interests

  • Wireless communication systems
  • Information theory
  • Software radio


Laneman to Receive IEEE Tomiyasu Award

July 7, 2017

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named J. Nicholas Laneman, professor of electrical engineering and co-director of the Wireless Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the recipient of the 2018 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award.

Nokia Tests Next-generation Wireless Applications for University of Notre Dame Stadium

June 6, 2017

Nokia, in collaboration with the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has successfully tested applications based on Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). This software platform delivers flexibility, scalability and efficiency to networks with multiple base stations in order to improve speed of access to data services in congested areas.

South Bend Pushes to Become Test Site for Drones and Driverless Cars

March 21, 2017

An academic team of students and faculty from the university’s Wireless Institute has joined forces with the City of South Bend to try and become one of four winners in a $100 million competition conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Drones and Stronger Wi-Fi Could be Coming to South Bend and Bring Jobs with Them

March 21, 2017

South Bend and Notre Dame are partnering on a project to further develop wireless and drone technology.

South Bend and Notre Dame Vying for 5G Test Grant

November 26, 2016

The city of South Bend and University of Notre Dame plan to seek up to $20 million in federal grants that would make the city one of four nationally to test the next generation of wireless technology.