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NaBoCom - Connecting in-body nano communication with body area networks


  • TU Berlin
  • University of Lübeck

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  • DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Project Time

  • 08/2020 - 07/2022


Research and development on sensor networks and body area networks has gained increased maturity in recent years. Yet, in-body nanonetworks built from nanodevices represent a new and fascinating direction of research, extending upon and going well beyond sensor networks. The vision of these networks is that nanodevices (nanoscale devices), for example, patrol the body, take measurements wherever necessary, and send collected data to the outside. Even better, these machines may immediately work on problems they detect within the body, such as cancer cells, arteriosclerosis, or HI viruses. While the in-body nanonetwork research community is still young, a number of concepts has already been presented on how to organize the communication in such networks. Even though these have not been realized in large-scale experiments or applications yet, it now makes sense to start research in a broader spectrum, looking both at techniques to bring nano communications to the real world and at further aspects such as higher-level protocols, algorithmic issues, as well as applications. In this proposal, we are looking at biomedical applications with a focus on the necessary integration of in-body nano communication with out-of-body IT infrastructures, resulting in the so-called Internet of Nano Things (IoNT). It has three major objectives: First, as a technical base for further research, we plan to design a reference architecture for the IoNT, specifically looking at connecting in-body nanonetworks to body area networks and further IT infrastructures. Secondly, we want to achieve first research results focusing on important base technologies for IoNT, particularly naming and addressing, reliability and real-time capabilities, and finally localization. Finally, since real-world experimentation in nano communication is still far from becoming reality, but we still need to evaluate our results (and those of others), we will develop a simulator, which allows to simulate numerous scenarios including body area networks and in-body nanonetworks. We explicitly focus our ambitions on more abstract problems, which greatly benefit from previous works in computer science and networking rather than reinventing signal processing.

Selected Publications

  1. Jorge Torres Gómez, Ketki Pitke, Lukas Stratmann and Falko Dressler, "Age of Information in Molecular Communication Channels," Elsevier Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Special Issue on Molecular Communication, June 2021. (online first) [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  2. Anke Kuestner, Lukas Stratmann, Regine Wendt, Stefan Fischer and Falko Dressler, "A Simulation Framework for Connecting In-Body Nano Communication with Out-of-Body Devices," Proceedings of 7th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NANOCOM 2020), Poster Session, Virtual Conference, September 2020. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  3. Fabian Bronner and Falko Dressler, "Towards Mastering Complex Particle Movement and Tracking in Molecular Communication Simulation," Proceedings of 6th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NANOCOM 2019), Poster Session, Dublin, Ireland, September 2019, pp. 36:1–36:2. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  4. Marc Stelzner, Falko Dressler and Stefan Fischer, "Function Centric Nano-Networking: Addressing Nano Machines in a Medical Application Scenario," Elsevier Nano Communication Networks, vol. 14, pp. 29–39, December 2017. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  5. Marc Stelzner, Falko Dressler and Stefan Fischer, "Function Centric Networking: an Approach for Addressing in In-Body Nano Networks," Proceedings of 3rd ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NANOCOM 2016), New York City, NY, September 2016. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  6. Falko Dressler and Stefan Fischer, "Connecting In-Body Nano Communication with Body Area Networks: Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Nano Things," Elsevier Nano Communication Networks, vol. 6, pp. 29–38, June 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]


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