An intra-body linear channel model based on neuronal subthreshold stimulation

Alireza Khodaei, Massimiliano Pierobon

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Abstract

Intra-body communication networks, where natural biological processes support the realization of links for the transmission, propagation, and reception of information, are at the cutting edge research for the pervasive interconnection of future wearable and implantable devices. In particular, the study of neurons as means to propagate information between these devices is encouraged by their ubiquitous distribution within the body and the existence of well-established techniques for their electrical interfacing. In this paper, a communication system is proposed based on the so-called subthreshold electrical stimulation of a neuron, and the propagation of this stimulation along the neuron length. This stimulation technique does not result in the generation of electrochemical spikes (action potentials), naturally carrying information within the nervous system, thus reducing the interference with the normal body functionalities. The use of subthreshold stimulation allows the analytical formulation of a linear channel model for the proposed communication system by stemming from the quasi-active model of the neuron's membrane from the neurophysiology literature. Numerical results from the developed analytical models are compared to simulation results obtained through the widely-used NEURON software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479966646
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: May 22 2016May 27 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period5/22/165/27/16

Keywords

  • Intra-body Communication
  • Linear Channel Model
  • Neuron
  • Quasi-active Model
  • Subthreshold Stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Khodaei, A., & Pierobon, M. (2016). An intra-body linear channel model based on neuronal subthreshold stimulation. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016 [7511483] (2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2016.7511483