Channel and noise models for nonlinear molecular communication systems

Nariman Farsad, Na Rae Kim, Andrew W. Eckford, Chan Byoung Chae

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

90 Citations (Scopus)


Recently, a tabletop molecular communication platform has been developed for transmitting short text messages across a room. The end-to-end system impulse response for this platform does not follow previously published theoretical works because of imperfect receiver, transmitter, and turbulent flows. Moreover, it is observed that this platform resembles a nonlinear system, which makes the rich body of theoretical work that has been developed by communication engineers not applicable to this platform. In this work, we first introduce corrections to the previous theoretical models of the end-to-end system impulse response based on the observed data from experimentation. Using the corrected impulse response models, we then formulate the nonlinearity of the system as noise and show that through simplifying assumptions it can be represented as Gaussian noise. Through formulating the system's nonlinearity as the output a linear system corrupted by noise, the rich toolbox of mathematical models of communication systems, most of which are based on linearity assumption, can be applied to this platform.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6949065
Pages (from-to)2392-2401
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 IEEE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Channel and noise models for nonlinear molecular communication systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this