Intensive Course on Nanoscale Communication Technologies

Maanantai, elokuu 17, 2015 (Koko päivä) - Keskiviikko, elokuu 19, 2015 (Koko päivä)

Venue: TS 128


Ilangko Balasingham, Professor/Head of Sensor Network Research Group
Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital & Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications
Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Nanotechnology is enabling the development of sensors just a few hundreds of nanometers in size, which are able to detect and measure new types of information at the nanoscale. Recently there has been a lot interest to design and develop nanoscale wireless communication technology to facilitate transport data and interact with sensors for various applications. The nanoscale sensors and actuators with communication interfaces are often defined as nanomachines. In this course we will study two classical nanoscale communication technologies. The first topic will be on electromagnetic communication networks. A typical communication stack will be considered from physical layer to network layer from the view point that the communication range can be from nano meters to few tens of meters. Due to their extremely large bandwidth in combination with limited computational resources, careful consideration on resources and intelligent engineering are needed to design and develop such communication systems. The lecture will include topics in signal encoding, modulation techniques and antennas using nanomaterials, which can work in the THz-band. The second topic will be on molecular communications using molecules for signaling and transport of information, inspired by design and development techniques stemming from biology. The lecture will touch upon some fundamentals in cell and molecular biology, where cells and molecules are engineered to function as sensors, transceivers and batteries, where biological environment can be used as a transport channel. Information theoretical aspects on channel capacity and latency with noise analysis will be explained. Finally some of the application specific research works will be demonstrated.

Brief Bio:

Ilangko Balasingham received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of  Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 1993 and 1998, respectively, both in signal processing. He performed his Master’s degree thesis at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, USA. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as a Research Scientist developing image and video streaming solutions for mobile handheld devices at Fast Search & Transfer ASA, Oslo, Norway, which is now part of Microsoft Inc. Since 2002 he has been with the Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway as a Senior Research Scientist, where he heads the Wireless Sensor Network Research Group. He was appointed as a Professor in Signal Processing in Medical Applications at NTNU in 2006. His research interests include super robust short range communications for both in-body and on-body sensors, body area sensor network, microwave short range sensing of vital signs, short range localization and tracking mobile sensors, and nano-neural communication networks. He has authored or co-authored 47 journals, 124 peer-reviewed full conference papers, 5 book chapters, 32 abstracts (poster/oral presentations), 2 patents, and 9 articles in media. Ilangko has given 15 invited/keynotes at the international conferences.  In addition to organizing special sessions and workshops on wireless medical technology at the major conferences and symposiums, he served as General Chair of the 2012 Body Area Networks (BODYNETS) conference and serves as TPC Chair of the 2015 ACM NANOCOM and Area Editor of Elsevier Nano Communication Networks.



Written Exam, no material can be used during the exam. Students need to attend the lectures, to be eligible for the exam.


  • Assignment #1                                         20%
  • Assignment #2                                         20%
  • Final exam                                                60%

The amount of credits is yet to be confirmed.


  • J. M. Jornet and I. F. Akyildiz: Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Nanonetworks in the Terahertz Band, Foundations and Trends in Networking, Now Publishers Inc., ISBN: 978-1601-98736-5, November 2013.
  • M. Pierobon and I. F. Akyildiz: Fundamentals of Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication in Nanonetworks, Foundations and Trends in Networking, Now Publishers Inc, ISBN: 978-1601-98816-4, April 2014.
  • 5-6 research papers will be included.

Course Contents and Lecture times:

Day Topics Classes (45 min)
1. 1.  Introduction to nanoscale communication technologies 1
  2.  Electromagnetic  communications in THz (physical, MAC, network layers) and antennas 3
  3.  Applications/assignment #1 using a simulator 2
2. 4.  Introduction to molecules and cells 1
  5.  Molecular communications (signaling, release, propagation, reception processes) 3
3 6.  Applications/assignment #2 using a simulator 2
  Exam 2

- 09:00-10:45 (2 hours)
- 12:00-13:45 (2 hours)
- 14:15-15:45 (2 hours)
- 08:30-10:00 (2 hours)
- 08:30-10:00 (2 hours)
- 10:15-11:45 (2 hours)
Exam (2 hours): date to be defined 

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