IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking
11-13 June 2018 – Hong Kong

Call For Papers

2018 International Workshop on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communications

June 11, 2018, Hong Kong
In conjunction with IEEE SECON 2018

Yifan Chen, Waikato University, New Zealand

Tadashi Nakano, Osaka University, Japan


MEMS/NEMS, systems biology, synthetic bacteria, and lab/process-on-a-chip techniques have advanced to the extent that it is now feasible to realize communications between chemical “circuits”, custom organisms, micro/nanoscale swarms of devices, and a host of other new systems at small length scales, and across multiple scales (e.g., micro to macro). In molecular, biological and multiscale communication (MBMC) systems, large numbers of autonomous and distributed (bio)-nanomachines communicate between each other and/or with macroscale systems to provide innovative applications. Unlike current telecommunication systems, MBMC systems are often able to operate closely with biological systems in a massively parallel and energy efficient manner, and their applications to areas and domains, to which traditional communication technology may not be directly applicable, are anticipated.

The proposed workshop provides a forum for researchers to discuss latest research results concerning:

  • Signal processing techniques for MBMC systems
  • Information theory and coding theory for MBMC systems
  • Communication protocols for (bio)-nanomachines (e.g., synchronization, MAC, routing protocols)
  • Network architecture for MBMC
  • Interfaces between (bio)-nanomachines and external devices
  • Distributed control and collective behavior of (bio)-nanomachines
  • Complex network theory for MBMC systems
  • Applications of MBMC systems
  • Design, engineering, and experiments of MBMC systems
  • Standardization of MBMC and networking

The proposed workshop consists of invited talks and technical paper presentation. In addition, a panel session is organized to discuss how to accelerate the advancement of this emerging area in the Asia-Pacific region by developing a structured research agenda across the region and making a strategic plan to raise awareness about this area among industry sectors, funders, and policy-makers in the region.

Workshop organizers

Yifan Chen, Professor, Waikato University, New Zealand

Tadashi Nakano, Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan


Technical Program Committee

Chun Tung Chou, University of New South Wales, Australia
Andrew Eckford, York University, Canada
Nariman Farsad, Stanford University, USA
Faramarz Fekri, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Mauro Femminella, University of Perugia, Italy
Weisi Guo, University of Warwick, UK
Qiang Liu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Mohammad Mahfuz, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA
Urbashi Mitra, University of Southern California, USA
Adam Noel, University of Ottawa, Canada
Yutaka Okaie, Osaka University, Japan
Robert Schober, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Nan Yang, Australian National University, Australia

Contribution format

Follow the IEEE SECON 2018 paper submission guidelines. However, the page length is limited to 4 pages and the double-blind review does not apply (submitted papers will be reviewed by the TPC members). All accepted papers will be included in the IEEE SECON 2018 companion Workshops proceedings and appear in IEEE Xplore.


To submit a paper, follow the link below to EDAS:


Important dates

Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2018

Notification: April 1, 2018

Camera-ready submission deadline: April 14, 2018