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Submission deadline: October 1, 2010

Nanotechnology has gained increased popularity in recent years, due largely to its potential applications (e.g. healthcare, aerospace, communications). A new field of research that has emerged is nano communication networks, which aims to enable communication between nano devices, or communication between nano devices and the macro world. Unlike communication in conventional computing devices, nano scale communication brings on new challenges due largely to their sheer size, capabilities, design constraints, and environment. This has led to highly inter-disciplinary research involving various fields to develop communication capabilities for nano devices. While various fields have applied communication theory/concepts towards nano scale developments, there is still a gap that exists between the different disciplines. The aim of this special issue is to reduce this gap, foster and increase cross-disciplinary research in the growing field of nano communications. In particular, the special issue welcomes experimental and theoretical papers from various disciplines (e.g. bio-physics, bio-chemistry, telecommunications, systems biology, materials science, mathematics) that have investigated communication at nano scale, in order to share best practices, experiences, and enable new research road maps. We invite authors to solicit original and novel contributions to this special issue, based on the following (but not limited to) topics:

* Inter-disciplinary approaches for nano sensor development: Network infrastructure for nano sensors (molecular communication and wireless), organic electronics and communication (including spin electronics, organic spin valve, and hybrid system with inorganic interface), interfacing between organic and non-organic network components, device and circuit modeling, optical nano sensors

* Emergent behaviour of nano scale communication: Self-assembly, self-organisation of nano communication structures, classical and emerging nano communication paradigms, design for fault tolerance and robustness

* Systems biology association to nano communication: Atomic communication, protein network and cellular communication, modeling of intracellular trafficking

* Nanotube networks: Membrane nanotubes, biological cargo transportation using nanotubes (DNA, proteins, drugs), carbon nanotubes (CNT)

* Natural Computing in nano communication: Molecular computing, chemical state machines, DNA automaton, quantum cellular automata, membrane computing, amoeba based computing

* Theoretical models: Complex networks, queuing theory, channel modelling, quantum mechanics, stochastic pooling networks, information theory, performance evaluation, nonlinear dynamics at nano scale

* Network concepts in nano communication: Hybrid and heterogeneous nano network architectures, switching and routing, molecular information encoding/processing, nano scale security (e.g. DNA based encryption), error correction/detection

* Nano communication applications: Healthcare (e.g. micro-surgery, drug delivery/target networks), aeronautics, transportation, communication, environmental monitoring, nano communication for pervasive computing (e.g. pervasive sensing)

Submission Instructions and Important Dates:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES), where the format must follow the Nano Communication Networks (Elsevier) journal format. Details can be found in The authors must select “NanoCom inter-disciplinary research” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Papers must be single-column, double-spaced pdf format, at least 11 pt fonts, and should not exceed 25 pages including references

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: December 19th, 2010
Final Manuscripts Due: January 30th, 2011
Publication Date: Second Quarter, 2011

Guest Editors:

Dmitri Botvich (
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Adriele Prina-Mello (
CRANN - Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Christof Teuscher (
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dept. of Computer Science, Portland State University, Portland, USA

Sasitharan Balasubramaniam (
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Last modified: 2010-07-11 01:35:07