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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Internet of Nanothings & Bio-Nanothings


I. F. Akyildiz
Georgia Institute of Technology

Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:00 p.m. reception
4:30 p.m. lecture

401/402 Walter Library

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Internet of Things became an important research topic in the last decade where Things refer to machines and objects interconnected to extend the Internet to many application domains. While the research and deployments continue for micro-Things, there are many applications where much smaller, tiny and non-intrusive Things are needed. Nanomaterials such as graphene or metamaterials can be used to produce these nano-scale Things whose interconnection with the Internet can lead to the new network paradigm called Internet of NanoThings (IoNT). However, there are many health-related applications where networks composed of biological nanomachines are needed. This leads us to yet another network paradigm called Internet of Bio-NanoThings (IoBNT) which can provide new opportunities for many novel healthcare applications, including fine sensing of diseases and tumors in various parts of the human body, targeted drug delivery and overall personalized health monitoring. Within this context, this talk captures the state of the art in electromagnetic and molecular communication among nanoscale devices. An in-depth view is provided from the communication and information theoretic perspective, by highlighting the major research challenges in terms of channel modeling, information encoding and protocols for nanonetworks and the Internet of NanoThings and Bio-NanoThings.


I. F. AKYILDIZ is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chiefs of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (2003), Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (2008), and Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (2010) all published by Elsevier. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received numerous awards from IEEE and ACM. Due to Google scholar, his papers received over 77+K citations and his h-index is 96 as of March 2016. His current research interests are in Nano-Scale Communications, 5G Cellular Systems, Software Defined Networking and Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments.

This talk is based on the papers:
I.F. Akyildiz, S. Balasubramaniam, and Y. Koucheryavy, "Internet of BioNanoThings," IEEE Communications Magazine, March 2015.

I.F. Akyildiz, and J.M. Jornet, "The Internet of Nano-Things," IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 58-63, December 2010.