Conventional wireless communication is based on electromagnetic waves. Even though perfectly suited for classic telecommunication networks, communicating nodes on a nano or micro scale and operating in challenging environments such as liquids or (explosive) gases need to rely on different communication paradigms and technologies. Examples range from communicating nanobots patrolling through the human body for medical purposes to air-based molecular communication, and to macroscopic scale communication in industrial facilities and pipe networks containing water, oil, or gases. Such nano communication channels are considered to be based on traveling molecules, which can be composed of magnetizable elements, biochemical molecules, and other markers that can be detected using biological, chemical, or physical processes. Nano communication, often referred to also as molecular communication, has the potential to complement classic radio-based telecommunication networks and, eventually, become an integral part of 6G+ solutions. Various types molecular communication principles have been explored using analytical methods, simulation techniques, as well as lab experiments. This includes channel characterization and prediction as well as modulation techniques. In this talk, we study options for such nano communication. Particular emphasis is given to applications in both precision medicine and industrial environments.
Falko Dressler is full professor and Chair for Telecommunication Networks at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, TU Berlin. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Dressler has been associate editor-in-chief for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and Elsevier Computer Communications as well as an editor for journals such as IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Network Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He has been chairing conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE VNC, IEEE GLOBECOM. He authored the textbooks Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks published by Wiley & Sons and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker. Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Fellow as well as an ACM Distinguished Member. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He has been serving on the IEEE COMSOC Conference Council and the ACM SIGMOBILE Executive Committee. His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking (sub-6GHz, mmWave, visible light, molecular communication) and wireless-based sensing with applications in ad hoc and sensor networks, the Internet of Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems.