Optimizing Information Transfer Through Chemical Channels in Molecular Communication

Francesca Ratti, Colton Harper, Maurizio Magarini, Massimiliano Pierobon

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Abstract

The optimization of information transfer through molecule diffusion and chemical reactions is one of the leading research directions in Molecular Communication (MC) theory. The highly nonlinear nature of the processes underlying these channels poses challenges in adopting analytical approaches for their information-theoretic modeling and analysis. In this paper, a novel iterative methodology is proposed to numerically estimate achievable information rates. Based on the Nelder-Mead optimization, this methodology does not necessitate analytical for-mulations of MC components and their stochastic behavior, and, when applied to well-known scenarios, it demonstrates consistent results with theoretical bounds and superior performance to prior literature. A numerical example that abstracts communications between genetically engineered cells via simulation is presented and discussed in light of possible future applications to support the design and engineering of realistic MC systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728181042
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Dec 7 2021Dec 11 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period12/7/2112/11/21

Keywords

  • Achievable Information Rate
  • Chemical Reaction Channel
  • Diffusion Channel
  • Iterative Algorithm
  • Molecular Communication
  • Mutual Information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Health Informatics

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