Internet of Bio-Nano-Things

In December 2023, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) granted the funding for the Internet of Bio-Nano-Things (IoBNT) project. iIn this program 8 PIs from 7 research institutions in Germany investigate fundamental challenges on nano communication and molecular communication in a closed-loop system for application in the field of life sciences.

Conventional wireless communication systems are based on radio frequency waves. Even though perfectly suited for classic telecommunication tasks, communicating nodes of nano- or micro-scale size, possibly interfacing with biological cells, and/or operating in challenging environments (e.g., liquids) need to employ alternative communication paradigms and technologies like molecular communication.

In the Internet of Bio-Nano-Things (IoBNT) project, we will investigate and develop a communication system targeting precision medicine and microscale industrial applications. The IoBNT is tailored to coordinate monitoring and actuation in the human body through a communication platform that also connects nanodevices and external gateways. The IoBNT will integrate radio, ultrasonic, and molecular communication schemes in the context of 6G+ wireless networks.

The methodological spectrum of the project comprises theoretical modeling, communication- and information-theoretical analysis, computer simulations, and proof-of-concept experiments of integrated IoBNT systems. Expected outcomes include the communication-and information-theoretical characterization of integrated the in-body communication channels, methods and algorithms for transmission, sensing, estimation, and detection in molecular communication systems, simulation tools for integrated IoBNT systems, and testbeds for early experimental validation of investigated concepts and developed solutions.

The goal of the project is the research and development of an IoBNT platform to interconnect the biologic domain of the human body with the digital domain of 6G+ networks. Besides, we will develop concepts and technology needed for future joint projects with partners in life sciences such as synthetic biology, molecular biology, medicine, and biochemistry. This will attract industry in Germany to move into this rapidly growing and innovative domain, strategically positioning them to become technology leaders for 6G+ wireless networks.


Holger Boche
Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Informationstechnik
TU Munich

Falko Dressler
Telecommunication Networks (TKN)
TU Berlin

Frank H. P. Fitzek
Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks
TU Dresden

Stefan Fischer
Institut für Telematik
Universität zu Lübeck

Vahid Jamali
Resiliente Kommunikationssysteme
TU Darmstadt

Robert Schober
Institute for Digital Communications
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Hans Schotten
Intelligente Netze
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH

Jorge Torres Gómez
Telecommunication Networks (TKN)
TU Berlin