Building WSNs with biological cultures: components and integration challenges

Working on a project involving software development with biological cells has been a lot of fun so far! It’s a project from the Academy of Finland named Bio-integrated Software development  for Adaptative Sensor Networks.

After reviewing the literature and publishing about it (Survey in Nano Communication Networks), the guests editors (Vladimir Privman and Andy Adamatzky) of a special issue on “Signal processing, biosensing, and computing with bio-inspired and biochemical systems” in International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems, suggested we could submit something there.

So, Teemu Laukkarinen, Tommi Mikkonen, Jonathan Massera, Vafa Andalibi and myself, we wrote a positioning paper about what could be the biological components of sensor network’s nodes and how difficult they would be to integrate together. All in all, we think that Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) can integrate biological components and we propose a prospective model of what could become a BioWSN as shown in the figure below.

prospectiveModelBioWSN

Prospective model of a Bio Wireless Sensor Network

Now comes the time for concretizing these ideas, or at least some of them, so that the fun only increases and I think you can expect to see more posts about this in the future.

Cheers,
Francois

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