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J. Laneman

J. Nicholas Laneman

Professor, Assoc. Chair for Graduate Studies

Department of Electrical Engineering

Email: jnl@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8034

Office: 275C Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, MIT, 2002

M.S., MIT, 1997

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


Dr. Laneman is Founding Director and currently Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering; Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering; and Fellow of the Pulte Institute for Global Development as well as the 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 system engineering—blending information theory, signal processing for communications, as well as prototyping and experimental validation—with emphasis on wireless systems.

Laneman is an IEEE Fellow and received the 2018 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. In addition to three conference best paper awards, Laneman has received a 2006 Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He has served as General Co-Chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), 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 served on its Board of Governors.

Laneman is author or co-author on over 145 publications, including 47 journal articles and invited book chapters, and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2010, 2015). He is co-inventor on seven U.S. patents and has several patents pending. He currently advises two Ph.D. students; twelve 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 $12.5M in research funding, with Laneman serving as principal investigator on just over $4.5M.

Summary of Activities/Interests

My research and teaching interests center on wireless communications system engineering, including fundamental limits and tradeoffs from information theory, practical algorithms from coding and signal processing, and prototyping as well as experimental validation with software-defined radios. Technologies build upon models for novel network architectures and transceiver hardware, and are realized within the physical, medium-access control, and link layers of traditional protocol stacks. My group collaborates with other faculty in the Wireless Institute as well as our many industry partners.


Laneman receives 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award

August 6, 2019

NDEE Professor J. Nicholas Laneman has been awarded a 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award for research that is inspirational to graduate students while also encourages new approaches in key areas of wireless technology.

NDEE Administration Changes

July 5, 2019

NDEE professor Gregory Snider has been appointed chair, effective July 1, 2019. NDEE professor Scott Howard will be taking on a new departmental service position of diversity and inclusion coordinator. NDEE professor Nick Laneman accepted the position of associate chair for graduate studies, effective August 1. Laura Doverspike came on board as the department’s new office administrator.

Laneman Named 2019 Outstanding Teacher in College of Engineering

May 8, 2019

Each year, through the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, the College of Engineering acknowledges a faculty member who goes above and beyond. Congratulations to the 2019 recipient J. Nicholas Laneman.

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.