Wednesday, October 26, 2011

UPDATED: Talk at Case: Models and Capacities of Molecular Communication

Updated Oct 26, 2011: Here's the video of the talk (this is a playlist). Try HD (720p) and fullscreen, which makes it easier to read the slides.

Original post from October 13 follows.

I'm continuing my 2011 "lecture tour" with a visit to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. My host is Prof. Peter Thomas, and he would be able to give you further details.

"Models and Capacities of Molecular Communication"
Friday, October 14, 11:30 AM

Abstract: What are the fundamental limits of diffusion-mediated molecular communication? This question, which has only recently attracted attention from information theorists, turns out to be surprisingly difficult. Not only is the communication medium unfamiliar to communication engineers; but the mathematical details of the communication environment are complicated. In this talk, we discuss mathematical models for molecular communication, which are both information-theoretically useful and physically meaningful; we discuss the difficulties of dealing exactly with these models; and we present some simplified scenarios in which capacity can be evaluated.  Finally, we discuss the engineering and biological significance of these results.

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