Best Readings in Nanoscale Communication Networks

Recently, IEEE Communications Society has published The Best Readings in Nanoscale Communication Networks, which covers a wide range of hot topics, encouraging innovations in this technology by assisting academic and industrial researchers in devoting their effort to highly targeted resources organized by categories.

Links:
http://www.comsoc.org/blog/discover-best-readings-nanoscale-communication-networks
http://www.comsoc.org/best-readings/nanoscale-communication-networks

 

Introductory materials

MolCom books

A list of books and book chapters dealing with MolCom:

  • Molecular Communication, T. Nakano, A. W. Eckford, T. Haraguchi, Cambridge University Press, October 2013, ISBN: 9781107023086
  • Fundamentals of Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication in Nanonetworks, M. and I.F. Akyildiz, Foundations and Trends in Networking: Vol. 8: No. 1-2, pp 1-147, 2014, dx.doi.org/10.1561/1300000033
  • Molecular Communications and Nanonetworks, B. Atakan, Springer-Verlag New York, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-4939-0739-7, dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0739-7
  • Nanoscale Communication Networks, S. F. Bush, Artech House, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-60807-003-9

 

MolCom surveys

Some interesting suvery papers on MolCom:

  1. I. F. Akyildiz et al., “Nanonetworks: A New Communication Paradigm”, Computer Networks, 2008, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comnet.2008.04.001
  2. T. Nakano et al., “Molecular communication and networking: Opportunities and challenges”, IEEE Trans. on NanoBioscience, 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TNB.2012.2191570
  3. T. Nakano et al., “ Molecular Communication Among Biological Nanomachines: A Layered Architecture and Research Issues”, IEEE Trans. on NanoBioscience, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TNB.2014.2316674
  4. L. Felicetti et al. “Applications of molecular communications to medicine: A survey”, Nano Communication Networks, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nancom.2015.08.004
  5. N. Farsad et al. “A Comprehensive Survey of Recent Advancements in Molecular Communication”, IEEE Comm. Surveys & Tutorials, in press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/COMST.2016.2527741

 

MolCom standard

IEEE P1906.1 is an IEEE standards working group sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society Standards Development Board whose goal is to develop a definition and common framework for nanoscale and molecular communication. Since this is an emerging technology, the standard is meant to elicit innovation by determining a common definition, terminology, framework, goals, metrics, and use-cases designed to encourage greater innovation and enable the technology to advance at a faster rate. The standard defines the fundamental definition and building blocks of nanoscale communications.

 

Advanced readings

We have identified a set of specific papers in molecular communications, able to provide a more focused contribution on specific aspects of molecular communications. Up to now, we have identified the following topics

  • Specificity:
  • Perturbation
  • Field
  • Motion
  • Message Carrier
  • Medium
  • Molecular absorptions
  • Molecular flow and feedbacks

Specificity
Contributions focused upon the service of enabling a nanoscale Message Carrier to convey its information to a desired receiver or class of receivers while avoiding loss of message carriers along the way from reception by other receivers or classes of receivers.

  • T.A. Sanders, E. Llagostera, and M. Barna, “Specialized Filopodia Direct Long-range Transport of SHH During Vertebrate Tissue Patterning,” Nature, vol. 497, no. 7451, pp. 628–632, 30 May 2013.
  • S. Roy, H. Huang, S. Liu, and T.B. Kornberg, “Cytoneme-Mediated Contact-Dependent Transport of the Drosophila Decapentaplegic Signaling Protein,” Science, vol. 343, no. 6173, 21 February 2014.
  • L. Bardwell, X. Zou, Q. Nie, and N. L. Komarova, “Mathematical Models of Specificity in Cell Signaling,” Biophysical Journal, vol. 92, no. 10, pp. 3425-3441, 15 May 2007.

Perturbation
Contributions focused upon novel ideas involving nanoscale encoding, signaling, and modulation.

  • M.J. Moore, T. Suda, and K. Oiwa, “Molecular Communication: Modeling Noise Effects on Information Rate,” IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 169-180, June 2009.

Field
Contributions emphasizing directionality and coordinated control of Message Carriers at the nanoscale.

  • I.V. Dokukina, M.E. Gracheva, E.A. Grachev, and J.D. Gunton, “Role of Network Connectivity in Intercellular Calcium Signaling,” Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, vol. 237, no. 6, pp. 745-754, 15 May 2008.
  • S. Schuster, M. Marhl, and T. Hofer, “Modelling of Simple and Complex Calcium Oscillations,” European Journal of Biochemistry, vol. 269, no. 5, pp. 1333-1355, March 2002.
  • Y. Tang and H.G. Othmer, “Frequency Encoding in Excitable Systems with Applications to Calcium Oscillations,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 29, no. 17, pp. 7869-7873, 15 August 1995.

Motion
Contributions related to understanding and engineering basic Message Carrier movement at the nanoscale.

  • W.H. Bossert, and E.O. Wilson, “The Analysis of Olfactory Communication Among Animals,” Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 443–469, November 1963.
  • I. Llatser, A. Cabellos-Aparicio, and E. Alarcon, “Networking Challenges and Principles in Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication,” IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 36-41, October 2012.
  • S. Kadloor, R.S. Adve, and A.W. Eckford, “Molecular Communication Using Brownian Motion with Drift,” IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 89-99, June 2012.
  • K. Francis and B.O. Palsson, “Effective Intercellular Communication Distances are Determined by the Relative Time Constants for Cyto/Chemokine Secretion and Diffusion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 94, no. 23, pp. 12258-12262, 11 November 1997.
  • S. Klumpp, T.M. Nieuwenhuizen, and R. Lipowsky, “Self-Organized Density Patterns of Molecular Motors in Arrays of Cytoskeletal Filaments,” Biophysical Journal, vol. 88, no. 5, pp. 3118-32, May 2005.
  • N. Farsad, A.W. Eckford, and S. Hiyama, “A Markov Chain Channel Model for Active Transport Molecular Communication,” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 62, no. 9, pp. 2424-2436, May 2014.
  • S. Balasubramaniam and P. Lio, “Multi-Hop Conjugation Based Bacteria Nanonetworks,” IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 47-59, March 2013.

Message Carrier
Contributions regarding the design and construction of Message Carriers at the nanoscale.

  • S. Hiyama, T. Inoue, T. Shima, Y. Moritani, T. Suda, and K. Sutoh, “Autonomous Loading, Transport, and Unloading of Specified Cargoes by Using DNA Hybridization and Biological Motor-Based Motility,” Small, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 410-415, April 2008.
  • Frank Walsh, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, “Reliability and Delay Analysis of Multi-hop Virus-based Nanonetworks,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 12: 5. pp. 674-684, September 2013.

Medium
Contributions emphasizing novel media in which nanoscale Message Carriers reside.

  • Y. Chahibi, M. Pierobon, S.O. Song, and I.F. Akyildiz, “A Molecular Communication System Model for Particulate Drug Delivery Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 60, no. 12, pp. 3468-3483, December 2013.
  • N. Farsad, A.W. Eckford, S. Hiyama, and Y. Moritani, “On-Chip Molecular Communication: Analysis and Design,” IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 304-314, September 2012.

Molecular absorptions
Contributions regarding mechanisms and models about absorption of Message Carriers and their temporal statistics.

  • H. Yilmaz, A. Heren, T. Tugcu, and C.-B. Chae. Three-dimensional channel characteristics for molecular communications with an absorbing receiver. IEEE Communications Letters, 18(6):929–932, June 2014.
  • A. Akkaya, H. Yilmaz, C. Chae, and T. Tugcu. Effect of receptor density and size on signal reception in molecular communication via diffusion with an absorbing receiver. IEEE Communications Letters, 19(2):155–158, Feb 2015.
  • L. Felicetti, M. Femminella, G. Reali, J. Daigle, M. Malvestiti, and P. Gresele. Modeling CD40-based molecular communications in blood vessels. IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, 13(3):230–243, 2014.

Molecular flows and feedbacks
Contributions regarding mechanisms for regulating continuous molecular flow, with special focus on drug delivery applications.

  • T. Nakano, Y. Okaie, and A. V. Vasilakos. Transmission rate control for molecular communication among biological nanomachines. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 31(12, supplement):835-846, 2013.
  • L. Felicetti, M. Femminella, G. Reali, T. Nakano, and A. V. Vasilakos. TCP-like molecular communications. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 32(12):2354-2367, 2014.