Peer-to-Peer Communication in Neuronal Nano-Network

  • Veletic M
  • Floor P
  • Babic Z
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Serving as peers in the central nervous system, neurons make use of two communication paradigms, electrochemical, and molecular. Owing to their effective coordination of all the voluntary and involuntary actions of the body, an intriguing neuronal communication nominates as a potential paradigm for nano-networking. In this paper, we propose an alternative representation of the neuron-to-neuron communication process, which should offer a complementary insight into the electrochemical signals propagation. To this end, we apply communication-engineering tools and abstractions, represent information about chemical and ionic behavior with signals, and observe biological systems as input-output systems characterized by a frequency response. In particular, we inspect the neuron-to-neuron communication through the concepts of electrochemical communication, which we refer to as the intra-neuronal communication due to the pulse transmission within the cell, and molecular synaptic transmission, which we refer to as the inter-neuronal communication due to particle transmission between the cells. The inter-neuronal communication is explored by means of the transmitter, the channel, and the receiver, aiming to characterize the spiking propagation between neurons. Reported numerical results illustrate the contribution of each stage along the neuronal communication pathway, and should be useful for the design of a new communication technique for nano-networks and intrabody communications.

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  • Intra-Body Communication IBC
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuronal Communication

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  • Mladen Veletic

  • Pal Anders Floor

  • Zdenka Babic

  • Ilangko Balasingham

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