About this Research Topic
Research on molecular communications is based on the solid foundations of biomedical sciences and branches out into many disruptive applications that leverage ICT technologies. It consists of re-engineering the mechanisms present at the small biological scales for connecting artificial entities, that is not pre-existing and man-made, and between natural entities, such as cells and bacteria, with extremely innovative purposes. Molecular communication systems can have medical purposes, such as the monitoring of important biological parameters, the intelligent administration of medicines and the innovative treatment of important and challenging diseases.
The objective of this Special Issue is to focus on the interworking of molecular communication systems, as well as how they interface with other (synthetic or natural) molecular communication systems or wireless communication systems. Individual links may be combined for including different organs biological mechanisms, such as systems making use of the blood flow, neuronal links, and exchange of hormones. These mechanisms can be combined to create even more complex systems with greater capabilities at different scales. Furthermore, it is strategic to consider research activities concerning the interworking of molecular communication systems with external networks, such as wireless networks at Terahertz frequency bands, or traditional cellular networks and WLANs, possibly opening up new scenarios for telemedicine.
For this Special Issue, we welcome submissions of articles are that illustrate models, analysis methodologies, technologies, and experiments that contribute to the development of interworking molecular communications systems. A non-exhaustive list of the topics of interest include:
- External control of advanced medical devices
- Interfaces of molecular communications systems (e.g. microneedles, transdermal patches, light controlled transmitters, magnetic control of in-body devices)
- Analysis methodologies of multiscale molecular communications systems
- Test beds and experimental results
- Molecular exchange between communications systems
- System-on-chip based emulation of interworking systems
- Theoretical models of interworking molecular communications systems
- Layered architectures of molecular communications systems
- Molecular routers
- Interfaces between molecular and radio communications systems
- Advanced applications based on interworking systems
Keywords: Molecular Communications, Interworking, Protocols, Interfaces, Experiments
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