The event saw 75 of the highest respected scientists and young researchers in the field of molecular communications (biologist, computer scientists, communication engineers) come together to discuss this emerging field of study. Molecular Communications is the study and engineering of mechanisms that use molecules to exchange information between biological and/or non-biological entities at the nanoscale. IEEE Communications Society named Molecular Communications in the top ten communication technology trends in 2017. When we talk about nanoscale, think of how every living cell within the human body communicates information between each other to regulate behaviour. Cells use the exchange of molecules such as Calcium to communicate and coordinate behaviours. In the future man-made nanoscale machines will use molecular communication systems much in the same way cells do, to communicate and coordinate tasks. These machines can operate within the human body to perform various tasks, such as precision drug delivery, auto immune system support, cancer cell detection and removal and repair aging cells. The technology has recently been described as “technology for immortality”
Dr. Davy and the community of researchers involved are working hard to understand how scientists can research and develop this technology for future applications. The EU Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technology project CIRCLE, which aims to coordinate European research on molecular communications, co-sponsored the workshop along with Science Foundation Ireland. The aim of the workshop was to firstly identify education opportunities for young researchers wishing to study this discipline, secondly discuss a research roadmap for the community to focus on the most important questions to be resolved and finally discuss how industry can get involved in the research.
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