Biologically-Enabled Wireless Networks Design and Modeling

2018-07-13T11:24:16Z (GMT) by figshare admin nsf
The National Science Foundation Workshop on Biologically-Enabled Wireless Networks Design and Modeling took place in Arlington, VA, on July 19-20, 2011. The meeting attracted 29 researchers from several science and engineering disciplines pertaining to the theme of the workshop including Bio-Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Physics. About ten NSF officials also attended the workshop. One of the declared goals of the workshop was to bring together several scientific communities and discuss potential synergies across disciplines. The two-days event included two sessions of disciplinary presentations and several inter-disciplinary breakout sessions on Wireless to Bio Transduction, Molecular Computing, Synthetic Biology, Nanoscience for Bio-Synthetic Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless Control of Nano-Structures and Bio-Networks in Healthcare and Medicine, and Information Collection for Complex Biological Systems. While, the presentations gave an overview of the state of the art in specific discipline from different angles, the breakout sessions followed by reporting sessions provided an opportunity for interaction between the researchers. The workshop discussions crystallized both potential short-term to medium-term research collaborations and long-term basic research opportunities. Several recommendations were given, and some of the most promising ideas are summarized at the end of the this document. The present report is based on the input from the workshop participants, and in particular the group leaders of the breakout sessions consisting of summary slides and report documents. Additional information is available on the workshop website including speakers presentations, participants white papers, and breakout session summary reports and slides: http://nsfbw11.ccs.neu.edu/nsfbw11/. The structure of this document is as follows: Section 1 provides a background on the themes of the workshop, Section 2 defines some basic concepts and terminology, Sections 3-8 summarize the subjects covered in the breakout sessions. Section 9, give our main suggestions for future research directions. The report ends with Appendices including the workshop agenda, and list of participants.