Workshop on Internet of BioNano Things and Molecular Communications: Recent Advancements, Applications, and Challenges


Recent research activities have shed the light on advancements of Internet-of-BioNano Things (IoBNT), which is a biologically-inspired concept that relies on synthetic biology in order to enable engineered control over computing devices embedded in biological cells. Similar to the Internet-of-Things (IoT) paradigm, BioNano Things are Nano-scale devices that are expected to deliver equivalent functionalities over the biochemical domain. These functionalities, which are performed by computing devices in the electrical domain, include sensing, intra-communication, and processing. Synthetic biology is an effective tool that allow modifying the biological cells’ structures and functionalities, in order to convert the biological cells into programmable substrates, where BioNano Things can be implemented as computing units. A key challenge in such networks is the interaction, networking, and coordination techniques between biological computing units in the biochemical domain, as well as enabling an efficient interface between the biochemical and electrical domains. Developing efficient communication schemes in BioNano devices will significantly expand their cumulative potential, thereby, enabling applications such as cooperative diagnostics and drug delivery in biomedicine, bottom-up component design in manufacturing, and sensitive environmental monitoring. In this regard, Molecular Communication (MC) is categorized as a prominent mechanism to enable information exchange between cells, in which molecules are exploited to realize information transformation, transmission, and reception through biochemical reactions. The underlying idea of MC is stemmed from the natural environment of IoBNT, yielding a fundamental challenge on the real implementation of such communication scheme in the biological networks. In more details, BioNano Things are expected to exchange different types of information, including synchronization signals, sensed data, and instructions, which are different from the natural signals, and therefore, impose a higher complexity on the way how MC should be implemented from the nature perspective. Although there are some promising solutions proposed in the open literature that discuss the implementation of MC in IoBNT networks, e.g., genetically altering the biological cells’ behavior in their natural networks, or incorporating biological elements in artificially built communication networks, these studies are still in their early stages.

The aim of this workshop is to solicit research papers with original contributions, that address and promote the recent advancements of MC in IoBNT. This workshop will bring together contributors from academia and industry to identify and present practical implementation, analysis, design and modeling, applications, and technical challenges of MC in IoBNT.

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Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Molecular channel and system modeling for various biological environments
  • Lightweight and practical modulation/coding/synchronization/detection methods for MC
  • Enhancing schemes for Internet of BioNano-things
  • EM channel characterization for nano-scale networks
  • Advancements in terahertz (THz) communication for in-body nano-networks
  • Channel/system characterization of THz in-vivo nano-networks
  • Cooperative in-vivo nano-network communication at THz frequencies
  • Physical layer authentication in THz nano-networks
  • Interference mitigation mechanisms for reliable MC systems
  • MC-based machine learning algorithms
  • Efficient and low-complex transceiver modeling, design, and implementation for MC
  • Design of reliable bio-cyber interface between nanoscale and macroscale networks for IoBNT
  • Energy efficiency modeling and analysis for MC networks
  • Energy harvesting and transfer mechanisms for MC networks
  • Testbeds designs and implementation of in-vivo nano-networks

Organizing committee

Workshop chairs:
Lina Bariah, Khalifa University, UAE
Lina Mohjazi, University of Glasgow, UK
Sami Muhaidat, Khalifa University, UAE, and Carleton University, Canada
Prof. Mahbub Hassan, University of New South Wales, Sydney


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital LibraryBODYNETS Conference Proceedings.

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Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
25 July 2021
Notification deadline
25 August 2021
Camera-ready deadline
25 September 2021
Start of Conference
25 October 2021
End of Conference
26 October 2021