Nano Communication Networks Update

Hi everybody,

In my last blog I talked about some of the work I have been doing pertaining to advanced communications for the Smart Grid.  However, I wanted to post a blog updating the work I have completed regarding my previous book, “Nanoscale Communication Networks.”  Recently, I’ve begun to summarize theoretical techniques and requirements for nanoscale communications in medicine in the following publication:

Bush, S. F. (2011). Toward in vivo nanoscale communication networks: utilizing an active network architecture. Frontiers of Computer Science, 5(1), 1-9. doi:10.1007/s11704-011-0116-9.

This publication explores in vivo nanoscale communications, specifically examining two particular methods: molecular motor transport and neuronal information communications. Molecular motors transport molecules representing information and neural coding operates by means of the action potential. In my publication, these mechanisms are reviewed within the theoretical framework of an active network.

Another interesting project I have been a part of is the IEEE Standards for Nanoscale Communications Networks. Along with a team of talented researchers from industry and academia, we are working to lay the foundation for advancing nanoscale communications research and development. The practice that we’ve proposed contains a conceptual model and a standard terminology for ad hoc network communication at the nanoscale. Some of the other things we are also working to define and establish are:

  • A definition of nanoscale for networking:  Academic and industrial researchers are converging on the concept of nanoscale communication networks, but without a common well-defined definition; our working group will provide the common definition. Essentially, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never going to get there.
  • Common terminology for nanoscale networking: Our working group is highly interdisciplinary comprising electrical engineers, computer scientists, biologists, physicists, and chemical engineers among many other disciplines. A clear common language is required so that interdisciplinary researchers can work smoothly together and minimize cross-discipline misunderstanding.
  • A conceptual model for ad hoc nanoscale networking:  There is pressing need for a conceptual model and the discipline to implement it.  Currently, there is no standardized platform for nanoscale communication network simulation.  Researchers are developing simulation models and packages for components related to nanoscale communication networks; however the simulation components are not interoperable, even at a conceptual level. Our goal is to define the conceptual model and parameters allowing simulation modules to understand each other and inter-operate.

If you are interested in joining the working group, please contact me or follow the instructions at


  1. Stephen F Bush

    IEEE P1906.1/Draft 2.0 Recommended Practice for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Framework passed balloting. Congrats to working group.

  2. satellitenetwork

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