Shannon Special Issue – Part 1 is on IEEE Xplore

IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications is proud to announce that our Special Issue on Biological Applications of Information Theory in Honor of Claude Shannon’s Centennial—Part 1 is now live on IEEE Xplore.


Within the issue, you’ll find the following 8 papers:


Mechanisms of information filtering in neural systems (Invited Paper; Linder)

Noise Filtering and Prediction in Biological Signaling Networks (Invited Paper; Hathcock, Sheehy, Weisenberger, Ilker, and Hinczewski)

The Use of Rate Distortion Theory to Evaluate Biological Signaling Pathways (Invited Paper; Iglesias)

Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics of Complex Systems, III: Noneqilibrium Thermodynamics of Self-Replication Kinetics  (Saakian and Qian)

Inferring Biological Networks by Sparse Identification of Nonlinear Dynamics  (Mangan, Brunton, Proctor and Kutz)

Info-Clustering: A Mathematical Theory for Data Clustering  (Chan, Al-Bashabsheh, Kaced, Zhou and Liu)

Fundamental Bounds for Sequence Reconstruction from Nanopore Sequencers (Magner, Duda, Szpankowski and Grama)

Inference of Causal Information Flow in Collective Animal Behavior (Lord, Sun, Ouellette and Bollt)


Special Issue Guest Editors


Prof. Alexander G. Dimitrov
Department of Mathematics and Statistics                                             
Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, USA               


Prof. Faramarz Fekri
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Prof. Aurel Lazar
Department of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
Prof. Stefan M. Moser
Signal and Information Processing Lab (ISI)
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan
Prof. Peter J. Thomas*
Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Biology
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
*corresponding guest editor

Stay tuned! The Special Issue on Biological Applications of Information Theory in Honor of Claude Shannon’s Centennial—Part 2 is forthcoming.


2017 IEEE GlobeCom – Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications Track

The 2017 IEEE GlobeCom will be in Singapore from December 4-8, 2017. There will be a Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications Track in the Selected Areas in Communications Symposium, chaired by Dr. Robert Schober. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please see the CFP. All papers need to be submitted through EDAS (author and submission guidelines are found on the GlobeCom website).


Call for Papers for Selected Areas in Communications Symposium

Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications Track

Symposium Track Chair

Robert Schober
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU)

Scope and Motivation

As a result of recent advances in MEMS/NEMS and systems biology, as well as the emergence of synthetic bacteria and lab/process-on-a-chip techniques, it is now possible to design chemical “circuits”, custom organisms, micro/nanoscale swarms of devices, and a host of other new systems at small length scales, and across multiple scales (e.g., micro to macro). This success opens up a new frontier for interdisciplinary signaling techniques using chemistry, biology, novel electron transfer, and other principles not previously examined. This track is devoted to the principles, design, analysis, and implementation of signaling and information 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; as well as new signaling techniques at these scales. As the boundaries between communication, sensing and control are blurred in these novel signaling systems, research contributions in a diversity of disciplines are invited.

Main Topics of Interest

Original research articles on biological, molecular, and multi-scale communication are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Modulation, detection, and estimation
  • Mathematical modeling of biological, molecular, and multi-scale communication
  • Channel modelling, including diffusion, flow, active transport, biological, and microfluidic channels
  • Biological, molecular, and multi-scale networking
  • Nanosensor networks
  • Components of biological, molecular, and multi-scale communication systems
  • Implementation, laboratory experiments, and testbeds
  • Molecular, DNA, and nano computing
  • Systems biology and biological circuits
  • Analysis and control of biological systems
  • Information/communication theoretical tools for biological systems
  • Unconventional electromagnetism for small or multi-scale applications
  • Experiment-based studies on information processes and networks in biology
  • Industrial applications

Submissions to IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multi-scale Communications

The authors of selected accepted papers of this symposium will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper to the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multi-scale Communications. For these extended papers, a fast-track review process will be ensured.

2017 IEEE ICC – Paper Deadline Extension

The deadline for the Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications symposia at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) has been extended to Friday, October 28, 2016. Please check out the CFP and submit through EDAS.

Also, if you attempted to submit a paper and saw a webpage instructing you not to do so as it was the main ICC submission page versus that for the SAC tracks, please try again, this issue has been resolved.

2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)

Mark your calendars for the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) taking place from May 21 through 25, 2017 at the Palais des Congrès – Porte Maillot in Paris, France.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers for the Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications symposia, led by track chairs, Dr. Urbashi Mitra and Dr. Andrew Eckford. The deadline for papers is Friday, October 14, 2016. Please check out the CFP and submit through EDAS.

About ICC: IEEE ICC 2017 will exhibit an exciting technical program, complete with 13 Symposia highlighting recent progress in all major areas of communications. IEEE ICC 2017 will also feature high-quality Tutorials and Workshops, Industry Panels and Exhibitions, as well as Keynotes from prominent research and industry leaders.

2016 IEEE GlobeCom

Mark your calendars for the 2016 IEEE GlobeCom conference taking place in Washington, DC from December 4 through 8, 2016.

Please be sure to check out the technical symposia, specifically SAC-6-MBMC: Molecular, Biological and Multi-scale Communications Track.

About GlobeCom: IEEE GLOBECOM is one of two flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), together with IEEE ICC. It is a is a five-day event. Two days are dedicated to tutorials and workshops, while the remaiing three days are dedicated to the IF&E program and the technical symposia. The program of the technical symposia includes oral or poster presentations of about 1000 scientific papers, grouped into 13 thematic symposia, and more than 15 parallel sessions. In addition to the technical program, IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 will feature an industry forum and exhibition (IF&E) program, including industry-focused workshops, tutorials, keynote talks from industrial leaders, panel discussions, a large exposition, and business and industrial forums.