Coordinating European Research on Molecular Communications

The theoretical and experimental basis of molecular communications involves a broad range of disciplines including ICT, Biology and Medicine. In essence this research field seeks to leverage biological phenomenon at the molecular level such as inter cell communication, usage of the immune system, bacterial DNA transfer, neuronal signaling and calcium signalling, to build a communications infrastructure for nano-scale devices that can be deployed and coordinate sophisticated operations within biological systems such as the human body. Among the plethora of envisaged disruptive applications, CIRCLE aims at leveraging the heterogeneous expertise of the consortium to coordinate and support ongoing ambitious research objectives.

An example of ongoing research activities that the CIRLCE consortium can support is the theoretical and experimental investigation into an intra-body sensor network enabling the networking together of advanced tumour treatment techniques for diseases like cancer. The combined detection and treatment techniques include circulating tumour cell (CTC) detection in the blood stream, injection of genetically modified bacteria into the tumour mass, real time monitoring of the tumour evolution and bacteria transcriptome, proteome, and concentration in time and body organs, thus leading to a plethora of highly disruptive treatment techniques to be developed.

Objective One: Harmonize & Structure Research

Harmonize heterogeneous islands of research in Molecular Communications across Europe by providing a structured research agenda through the collaborative specification and continual refinement of a research roadmap.

Objective Two: Guided Learning

Stimulate guided learning for young researchers entering the area of Molecular Communications, through improving efficiency of knowledge acquisition in key disciplines.

Objective Three: Build a Community

Build a structured community across Europe of research leaders and collaborators working in the area of Molecular Communication.

Objective Four: Knowledge Exchange

Accelerate the exchange of knowledge and best practice between researchers with Europe and internationally, focusing on Molecular Communications.

Objective Five: Staff Exchange

Facilitate a staff exchange program between partners within CIRCLE focusing in particular on young researchers.

Objective Six: Barrier Reduction

Reduce the barriers for entry into the area of Molecular Communications for high tech SME through the collaborative specification and continual refinement of an industry engagement roadmap.