School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Nano-scale EM/Hybrid Communication Networks for Healthcare Monitoring Applications

Supervisor: Dr Akram Alomainy

Research group(s): Antennas and Electromagnetics

With the development of nanotechnology, the idea of connecting nano-devices to conduct complicated tasks and communicate the information collected by these devices was a natural progression in order to complete the overall picture of a new generation of connected devices. As a consequence, nano-networks were proposed by the IEEE standardization group (P1906.1 - Recommended Practice for Nano-scale and Molecular Communication Framework, which the principle supervisor is a member of) and therefore the need for nano-communication was a necessity. Nano-networking is the study of communication among devices and/or entities – manmade, biological, and hybrid – with very small dimensions; challenging physical features of this communication environment make analysis and system design very different from conventional communication systems. Nano-networking is a rapidly emerging discipline, but as yet (1) emerging technology trends and important open problems in this area are unclear; and (2) new industrial applications need to be identified.