Molecular Communication Networks

Overview

Communication among bio-inspired nanomachines requires the adoption of the same communication mechanisms that have been developed by nature for communication among cells. Cells, which can be considered as the most advanced existing nanomachines, communicate by means of Molecular Communication. The use of their same communication technology will guarantee both the biocompatibility of bio-inspired nanomachine networks and the possibility to interact with on-going biological processes.

The objective of the project is to establish the scientific foundations of Molecular Communication in nanonetworks by identifying existing Molecular Communication mechanisms, establishing the information theoretic foundations for each mechanism and developing new architectures and protocols for bio-inspired and biological nanonetworks. For this, existing Molecular Communication options such as bacteria nanonetworks, neuronal networks and calcium ions will be analyzed from the information theoretic perspective. For each option, end-to-end system models, noise and interference models, capacity studies, energy models, modulation and coding techniques, and addressing and routing algorithms will be developed.

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