Bio-inspired approach for eliminating redundant nanodevices in internet of bio-nano things

Uche A.K. Chude-Okonkwo, Reza Malekian, B. T. Maharaj, Chollette C. Chude

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The concept of Internet of Things has opened up many possibilities such as the prospective application domain where very tiny, biocompatible, and non-intrusive devices can communicate through the internet. This concept is termed the Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT). The interconnection and co-operability of bio-nanodevice networks have the potential to offer new technological innovations and solutions especially in ambient assisted living (AAL) and remote therapy. A crucial functionality of a typical IoBNT is to be able to eliminate a set of nanodevices from the network or subnetwork when the need arises. In this paper, we present a model example of an IoBNT that has the capability to initiate the elimination of bio-nanodevices from the network when desired. This model mimics the apoptotic signalling pathways in living organisms, where death molecules are sent to cells to initiate their self-annihilation from the system. To quantify the success of the elimination process, we introduced a performance parameter termed the residence factor, which related the number of eliminated devices to the non-eliminated ones. Numerical results show that for low concentration of the transmitted death molecules, the performance of the system significantly depends on the distances between a death initiating nanotransmitter and the nanodevices marked for elimination. The system performance also depends on the dimensional size of the nanodevices targeted for elimination.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467395267
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 6 Dec 201510 Dec 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings


ConferenceIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • AAL
  • Apoptosis
  • Healthcare delivery
  • Internet of Bio-nano Things
  • Nanocommunication
  • Nanodevices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication


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