“Nanosensor Networks through Molecular Communication”

Business Building, Room 904, Beirut campus

The seminar will be presented by Professor Ian F. Akyildiz, from the Broadband Wireless Networking Lab, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Molecular Communication (MC) is a new bio-inspired communication paradigm in which molecules are used to encode, transmit and receive information. MC is expected to enable the realization of nanosensor networks, i.e., interconnected devices, which are able to sense, compute, actuate and communicate at the nanoscale. Nanosensors are expected not only to be inspired by biology, but also to be realized with biological components. There are several MC architectures, ranging from the use of molecular motors (wired MC) to the diffusion of ions, pheromones or even the motion of bacteria (wireless MC). The modeling of a physical end-to-end molecular communication system will be detailed. Then, the problem of the characterization of the noise sources in MC will be presented, taking into account both the physics of diffusion and the chemical reactions involved in molecular information exchange. An in-depth analysis of the molecular channel capacity will be presented by stemming from the tight relationship between statistical mechanics and information theory in MC systems. The research challenges in the development of networking protocols for future nano-sensor networks are highlighted, with hints towards real applications in nano-biomedicine.

About the presenter:
Dr. Akyildiz is the Ken Byers Distinguished Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group at Georgia Tech. Dr. Akyildiz is an Honorary Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and Director of N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain, since June 2008. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received numerous awards including 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award, the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994, 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial award, 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award, and 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award. Dr. Akyildiz is the author of hundreds of high impact journal and conference papers. He is the author of advanced textbooks on “Wireless Mesh Networks” and “Wireless Sensor Networks”, both published by John Wiley and Sons in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Dr. Akyildiz is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier), the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (Elsevier), and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (Elsevier). His current research interests are in Nanonetworks, Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks. 

Event organizer: LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences – Department of Computer Science and Mathematics in collaboration with ACM LAU Student Chapter