Special Issue Call for Papers: “Molecular Communications for Diagnostics and Therapeutic Development of Infectious Diseases”

For a PDF of the Call for Papers, please click here.

Infectious diseases have affected humans for centuries and continue to pose as one major challenge for healthcare going forward. The recent viral COVID-19 infectious disease has transformed our lives dramatically. Besides a large number of deaths, the virus can also affect the health of the general population. Recent historical events have proven that various types of coronaviruses can have a tremendous impact, and examples of these include the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which also showed a high mortality rate. Besides coronaviruses, there are numerous types of infectious diseases that continue to affect people. A number of diseases that have been around for centuries do not currently have cures, one notable example being HIV. The consequence of the spreading of these infectious diseases, which sometimes can evolve into pandemics, can and will affect the global economy. Besides traditional fields such as immunology and virology, novel multi-disciplinary approaches will be required to tackle infectious diseases with much needed diverse and innovative points of view.

This special issue will focus on developing molecular communication abstractions, models, simulation, and experiments for diagnosing and treating infectious diseases. This may include characterizing the infection process and the propagation behavior of the virus, all the way to new mechanisms for developing therapeutic treatments using communication and information theory as tools. Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit their original manuscript on topics including but not limited to:

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Open Call: “Communications Beyond Conventional Electromagnetism”

TMBMC is doing an open call for papers for our journal. This journal is devoted to the principles, design, and analysis of communication systems that use physics beyond conventional electromagnetism, particularly for small-scale and multi-scale applications. This includes: molecular, quantum, and other physical, chemical and biological (and biologically-inspired) techniques; non-conventional electromagnetism in the THz band; as well as new small- and multi-scale communication techniques.

Original research articles on one or more of the following topics are within scope: mathematical modeling, information/ communication-theoretic or network-theoretic analysis, networking, implementations and laboratory experiments, industrial applications, information/ communication theory for analysis of biological systems, and experiment-based studies on communication processes or networks in biology. Contributions on related topics would also be considered for publication. Contributions from researchers outside the IEEE’s typical audience are encouraged.

Average Time for Review (first round): 7 weeks (transactions), 5 weeks (letters) since submission

Article Types

News: T-MBMC is accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS, and it is ranked within the top 7% journals in the computer networks and communications category.

For more information, please take a look at our Open Call for Papers or contact cbchae@yonsei.ac.kr

New Associate Editors

TMBMC has been fortunate to add four more experienced Associate Editors to its Editorial Board in the last 6 months. Please join me in welcoming our new Associate Editors:

We are very excited for what the future will bring for TMBMC!

Methods and Data Submissions

TMBMC has a new “Methods and Data” article type that allows authors to submit manuscripts that include experimental protocols, data sets, and data analysis methods. These manuscripts should encourage growth in the use of experimental methods and the use and analysis of established data sets.

All submissions must be based on high-quality research that has already been published or accepted in a peer-reviewed venue, either by the same authors or by another group, and this must be clearly indicated. Thus, a “Methods and Data” submission does not need to verify the underlying research. Instead, a submission should focus on the description of the experimental setup and the value of the provided data set.

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Volume 5, Issue 1 is Now Out

Volume 5, Issue 1 just came out, including an editorial from our new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Chan-Byoung Chae. Below is a list of the articles. Be sure to check them out if you find any of the topics interesting!

You may also notice that we have our first Methods and Data Paper. This new section is edited by Dr. Adam Noel and Dr. Werner Haselmayr. More information to come soon, so stay tuned.

FEATURES

Sequential Bayesian Detection of Spike Activities From Fluorescence Observations (Z. Wei, B. Li, W. Guo, W. Hu, C. Zhao)

A Quantized Representation of Probability in the Brain (J. Tee, D. P. Taylor)

Channel Modeling and Characterization for Wireless Networks-on-Chip Communications in the Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Bands (Y. Chen, C. Han)

Experimental and Analytical Analysis of Macro-Scale Molecular Communications Within Closed Boundaries (D. T. Mcguiness, S. Giannoukos, S. Taylor, A. Marshall)

METHODS

A Molecular Communication Testbed Based on Proton Pumping Bacteria: Methods and Data (Invited; L. Grebenstein, J. Kirchner, W. Wicke, A. Ahmadzadeh, V. Jamali, G. Fischer, R. Weigel, A. Burkovski, R. Schober)

LETTERS

Spatial Receptor Allocation for a Multiple Access Hub in Nanonetworks (F. Gokbudak, B. C. Akdeniz, T. Tugcu, A. E. Pusane)