Columbia University


Dr. Jonathan Ostrometzky

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Office: 801 CEPSR

Email: jio2106[at]

Jonathan Ostrometzky received his B.Sc. degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, in 2009. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (through the Accelerated Master Program), and his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University in 2012 and 2017, respectively. He continued as a postdoctoral fellow at Tel-Aviv University until March 2018.Currently, Jonathan is a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, under the supervision of Prof. Gil Zussman.

Research Interests

  • Statistical Signal Processing and Estimation Theory
  • Parameter Estimation from partial data
  • Environmental Monitoring using commercial microwave communication networks
  • Resilience of wireless networks and smart power grids to natural and man-made based vulnerabilities


Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2012-2017)

  • Awarded in December 2017
  • Dissertation title: “Statistical Signal Processing of Extreme Attenuation Measurements Taken by Commercial Microwave Links for Rain Monitoring”
  • Advisor: Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2009-2012)

  • Through the Accelerated Master Program
  • Thesis title: “Robust Precipitation Estimation From Commercial Wireless Microwave Links”
  • Advisor: Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron

B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2005-2009)

  • Graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude)


Journal Publications

Ostrometzky, J., Messer, H. (2018). Commercial Microwave Link as a Universal Virtual Rain Gauge. In revision.
Eshel, A., Messer, H., Ostrometzky, J., Raich, R., Alpert, P., Laronne, J. B. (2017). On the Use of Measurements from a Commercial Microwave Link for Evaluation of Flash Floods in Arid Regions. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 963, in review.
Ostrometzky, J., Raich R., Bao, L., Hansryd, J., & Messer H. (2018). The Wet-Antenna Effect – a Factor to be Considered in Future Communication Networks. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 66(1), 2018.
Ostrometzky, J., Messer H. (2018). Dynamic Determination of the Base-Line Level in Microwave Links for Rain Monitoring From Minimum Attenuation Values. IEEE Journal of selected topics in
applied earth observations and remote sensing, 11(1) (pp. 24-33).
Ostrometzky, J., Messer H. (2017). Comparison of Different Methodologies of Parameter Estimation from Extreme Values. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 24( 9), 1293-1297.
Berestizshevsky, K., Even, G., Fais, Y., Ostrometzky, J. (2017). SDNoC: Software Defined Network on a Chip. Microprocessors and Microsystems, 50, (pp. 138-153).
Ostrometzky, J., Cherkassky, D., Messer, H. (2015). Accumulated mixed precipitation estimation using measurements from multiple microwave links. Advances in Meteorology, Volume 2015.
Cherkassky, D., Ostrometzky, J., Messer, H. (2014). Precipitation classification using measurements from commercial microwave links. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote
Sensing, 52(5), 2350-2356.

Full Length Conference Proceedings

Ostrometzky, J., Eshel, A. (2017, August). Empirical Study of the Quantization Bias Effects in Commercial Microwave Links Min/Max Attenuation Measurements for Rain Monitoring. In 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST).
Ostrometzky, J., Eshel, A., Alpert, P., & Messer, H. (2017, March). Induced bias in attenuation measurements taken from commercial microwave links. In Proc. of IEEE 42nd International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2017 (pp. 3744-3748).
Ostrometzky, J., Raich, R., Eshel, A., & Messer, H. (2016, March). Calibration of the attenuation-rain rate power-law parameters using measurements from commercial microwave networks. In Proc. of IEEE 41st International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2016 (pp. 3736-3740).
Ostrometzky, J., & Messer, H. (2014, June). Accumulated rainfall estimation using maximum attenuation of microwave radio signal. In Proc. of IEEE 8th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM), 2014 (pp. 193-196).
Cherkassky, D., Ostrometzky, J., & Messer, H. (2012, March). The Use of Linear Feature Projection for Precipitation Classification Using Measurements from Commercial Microwave Links. In LVA/ICA (pp. 511-519).


Presentations and Invited Talks

  • Statistical Signal Processing of Extreme Attenuation Measurements Taken by Commercial
    Microwave Links for Rain Monitoring,
    Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia
    University, seminar, October 13th , 2017.
  • Rain Estimation from Standard Received Signal Level Measurements Taken from Commercial
    Microwave Links,
    Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU), ETH Zürich, seminar, May 2nd,
  • Review of Commercial Wireless Communication Microwave Links as a Virtual Sensor Network
    for Precipitation Mapping,
    Student Conference on Research in Environmental, Earth and
    Planetary Sciences, EPScon 2017, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, February 9th,
  • Commercial Wireless Communication Microwave Links as a Virtual Sensor Network for
    Precipitation Monitoring – A Real Life IoT Application,
    IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing
    and Information Technology (ISSPIT), Limassol, December 12th -14th, 2016, Tutorial, also given
    as a seminar at Tel-Aviv University, November 23rd, 2016.
  • Accumulated Rainfall Estimation Using Measurements from Commercial Microwave Links,
    Radar Symposium, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, January 25th, 2016.
  • Estimation of Rain from Minimum and Maximum Attenuation Levels, “CELLular ENvironment
    MONitoring” (CELLENMON) Workshop, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, December 31st, 2015.
  • Mixed precipitation estimation using multiple microwave links, “CELLular ENvironment
    (CELLENMON) Workshop, The Open University, Ra’anana, April 4th, 2013.
  • KIT Winter School, “Remote Sensing of Precipitation Using Microwave Links: Techniques and
    Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), workshop
    coordinator, February 27th until March 2nd, 2012.


  • Marie Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowship Seal of Excellence (2017)
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Travel Grant, ICASSP (2016)
  • Rector’s “Top 100” list of outstanding lecturers (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Dean’s honorable mention of outstanding performance in teaching (2013, 2016)
  • Full scholarship based on high academic achievements (2009-2015)


  • Ostrometzky Jonathan, Messer-Yaron Hagit, RELATING RAIN INTENSITY AND DYNAMIC RANGE IN
    COMMERCIAL MICROWAVE LINKS, US provisional patent application no. 62/544,953.

Professional Activities

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Tel-Aviv University, at a multidisciplinary research team dealing with environmental
    monitoring using commercial microwave links, led by Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron and Prof.
    Pinhas Alpert (2017-2018)


  • Lecturer of electrical engineering undergraduate courses: “Digital Electronic Circuits”, 0512-
    3413, Tel-Aviv University; 0595-3514, Tel-Aviv University international program (2013-2017)
  • Teaching Assistant at Tel-Aviv University in various courses (2009-2013)
  • Supervisor of a number of 4 th year undergraduate electrical engineering students’ final


  • Scientific Consultant for Climacell inc., as a developer of algorithms for fusion of multimodal
    rainfall measurements (July – December 2016)