Open Topics in the Area of Molecular Communications

Study of Molecular Communications in the Context of the Internet of Bio-Nano Things

(Supervisor: Riccardo Bassoli)

Nowadays, communication technologies are breaking the boundaries of common wireless and wired channels towards innovative areas, aiming to go beyond traditional mediums to novel channels to extend the opportunities and increase the range and scope of communicating devices. In this framework, nano-scale and molecular communications represent a novel and interdisciplinary subject within telecommunications. The main characteristics of Bio-molecular Nano-communications (MCs) is the use of molecules to transport information instead of electromagnetic waves. In classical communications, the carrier is employed to transport the message. In MCs, the carriers are particular molecules, which can carry chemosignals or molecular structures containing information. Nano-Bio communications paradigm consists in intra-body nano/micro networks (nanonodes, nano-sensors, nano-routers and nano-gateways).
The research focuses mainly on studying and modelling intra-body communications and their interface with classical electromagnetic-based communication networks. The thesis’ work will be devoted to study, analyse and test (via simulation/emulation) specific characteristics of these systems. The details of the thesis’ topic and the level of the targets will be adapted according to the student’s preferences, motivation and talent.

Study of Effective and Efficient Medium-Access Control Mechanisms for Molecular Communications

(Supervisor: Riccardo Bassoli)

Nowadays, communication technologies are breaking the boundaries of common wireless and wired channels towards innovative areas, aiming to go beyond traditional mediums to novel channels to extend the opportunities and increase the range and scope of communicating devices. In this framework, nano-scale and molecular communications represent a novel and interdisciplinary subject within telecommunications. In molecular communications, the medium can be wet or dry and the conditions significantly affect the propagation. For example, the speed of the medium (faster than the speed of the molecules) can influence the communication between nanomachines.
The research focuses mainly on access control to the physical transmission medium. The channel access control mechanisms provided by the MAC layer are also known as a multiple access protocol. The thesis’ work will be devoted to study, analyse and test (via simulation/emulation) specific characteristics of these systems. The details of the thesis’ topic and the level of the targets will be adapted according to the student’s preferences, motivation and talent.