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Molecular Communication

S. Hiyama, Y. Moritani, T. Suda, R. Egashira, A. Enomoto, M. Moore and T. Nakano
NTT DoCoMo, Inc., JP

carrier molecule, biologically inspired nano-scale communication system, nanomachine

This abstract describes research challenges in Molecular Communication, a new and interdisciplinary research area that spans the nanotechnology, biotechnology, and communication technology. Molecular communication allows nanomachines to communicate using nano-scale particles. Molecular communication is inspired by the observation that communication in biological systems such as inter/intra cell signaling is done through molecules. Current research focuses on observing and understanding existing biological systems such as how communication is done within a cell or between cells. Molecular communication would work towards the actual design and control of nano-scale communication systems. Molecular communication is a completely new paradigm and would potentially enable many new applications in bionanotechnology such as communication between nano-scale devices and molecular computing. Key research challenges include controlled propagation of carrier molecules, encoding/decoding of information onto carrier molecules, and transmission/reception systems for carrier molecules. Researchers at NTT DoCoMo and the University of California, along with researchers at a few research institutions, are currently collaborating to investigate the feasibility of molecular communication, a paradigm shifting research topic.

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