Molecular Communications [MolCo]

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schober

Time: Tuesday, 14:15-15:45
          Friday, 12:15-13:45 
Place: 0.15-115

Time and place: to be announced
Attendant: Arman Ahmadzadeh, M.Sc.

Conventional communication systems employ electromagnetic waves for information transmission. This approach is suitable for typical macroscopic applications such as mobile communication. However, newly emerging applications in biology, nanotechnology, and medicine require communication between so-called nano-machines (e.g. nano-robots and nano-sensors) with sizes on the order of nano- and micro-meter. For such device sizes electromagnetic waves cannot be used for efficient information transmission. Instead Molecular Communication, an approach that is also widely used in natural biological systems, has to be applied. In Molecular Communication, transmitter and receiver communicate by exchanging information-carrying molecules. The design of molecular communication systems requires a basic understanding of relevant biological processes and systems as well as their communication-theoretical modelling and analysis. The course is structured as follows:
1) Introduction to Molecular Communication 
2) Biological Nano-Machines
3) Molecular Communication in Biological Systems
4) Synthetic Molecular Communication Systems 
5) Mathematical Modelling and Simulation 
6) Communication and Information Theory for Molecular Communication
7) Design of Molecular Communication Systems
8) Applications for Molecular Communication Systems. 

Learning objectives and skills:
The students learn how to design synthetic molecular communication systems. They develop an understanding of natural communication processes in biological systems and how to harness these natural processes for the construction of man-made molecular communication systems. The students also learn how to analyse, model, and simulate molecular communication systems. 

Digital Communications

ECTS information:
Credits: 5