TSSG student Michael Barros successfully defended his PhD dissertation in Waterford on April 13th. Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam and Dr. Brendan Jennings supervised Michael on his PhD. with Dr Alan Davy acted as the internal examiner. External examiner was Prof. Ilangko Balasingham from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Michael was funded over the past four years by the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative programme.
Michael’s work represents probably the most “blue sky” research undertaken in TSSG so far. His thesis, entitled “Ca2+-signalling-based Molecular Communication Systems Towards Nanomedicine Development”, looked into providing a communication system for nano-scale devices embedded into human tissues. His findings lead to the development of protocols using communication by silence, and also a machine learning technique for detection and inference of tissue deformation. The group plans to apply the proposed communication system to provide disease detection as well as prevention, in which the communication quality monitoring could be used to detect cellular abnormalities associated with tissue diseases.
Michael will be staying on TSSG as a post-doc on the CogNet project.