ECE Seminar Lecture by Bige Deniz Unluturk, Georgia Institute of Technology

Friday, May 17, 2019
3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
AK 233


Molecular Communication for Internet of Bio-NanoThings



The IoBNT is envisioned to be a heterogeneous network of electronic and biological devices, called Bio-NanoThings, communicating through different means, ranging from electromagnetic waves and coupling to molecular communication in order to pervasively, perpetually, and precisely sense, process, control, and exchange body health parameters in real time, and allow remote interrogation. The ultimate goal of IoBNT is to catalyze a revolution in biomedical technologies to improve human health and quality of life. The novel bio-inspired paradigm of Molecular communication is the enabler of IoBNT where the information transfer relies on the exchange of molecules.  In this context, bacteria provide us the ability to examine and model the natural molecular communication to learn from on the way to creating artificial MC systems due to their programmability via genetic engineering and the observability of their behavior. In this talk, I will present our work on bacteria-based molecular communication for IoBNT. In particular, I will introduce the first biotransceiver design in the literature for molecular communication using genetically engineered bacteria, and  will show how the social behavior of bacteria affects the performance of bacterial MC networks. I will also investigate the microbiome-gut-brain axis in the body and how this axis can be leveraged as an infrastructure for IoBNT. I will conclude the talk with a discussion on challenges and opportunities for Internet of Bio-NanoThings and its healthcare applications.



Bige Deniz Unluturk is a PhD Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology since 2013. She received her M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Koc University, Turkey in 2013 and her B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2011. She works on wireless communications and networking, specifically on Molecular Communication (MC) for Internet of Bio-NanoThings. Her research interest focuses on the application of communication engineering, signal processing, stochastic modeling, and information theory to study biological cell communications based on the exchange of molecules, and networking of bio-nanothings using novel communication techniques.


Host: Professor Ulkuhan Guler