Distance estimation in concentration-based molecular communications

Jiun Ting Huang, Hsin Yu Lai, Yen Chi Lee, Chia-Han Lee, Ping Cheng Yeh

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The advance in nanotechnology has enabled the fabrication of nanomachines for health applications. Recently, molecular communication has become a promising communication paradigm that allows nanomachines to exchange information by using messenger molecules in fluid environments. To enable molecular communications, the knowledge of distance between nanomachines is critical since the distance affects both the performance and the efficiency of molecular communication. However, works on molecular communication either assume the distance is known or the distance estimation is based on the assumption of clock synchronization between nanomachines. In this paper, we propose novel methods for distance estimation using only one-way transmission and requiring no clock synchronization between nanomachines. The noise of diffusion channel due to random walk of molecules is investigated and methods to effectively improve the estimation accuracy are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479913534
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Conference2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • Brownian motion
  • Molecular communications
  • diffusion
  • distance estimation
  • nanomachine

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