Nano-Net. 4th International ICST Conference, Nano-Net 2009, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-20, 2009. Proceedings

Research Article

RF Control of Biological Systems: Applications to Wireless Sensor Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_6,
        author={Hooman Javaheri and Guevara Noubir and Sanaa Noubir},
        title={RF Control of Biological Systems: Applications to Wireless Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={Nano-Net. 4th International ICST Conference, Nano-Net 2009, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-20, 2009. Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={NANO-NET},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={RF biological system wireless sensors energy harvesting},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_6}
    }
    
  • Hooman Javaheri
    Guevara Noubir
    Sanaa Noubir
    Year: 2012
    RF Control of Biological Systems: Applications to Wireless Sensor Networks
    NANO-NET
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_6
Hooman Javaheri1,*, Guevara Noubir1,*, Sanaa Noubir2,*
  • 1: Northeastern University
  • 2: University of British Columbia
*Contact email: hooman@ccs.neu.edu, noubir@ccs.neu.edu, sanaa@interchange.ubc.ca

Abstract

We present a vision and preliminary results for a combined RF-Biological Systems where the Electro-Magnetic energy of RF signals is transduced into control-signals for biological signaling-processes. We show how such systems can be used to build extremely low-power sensor networks. We present our approach and propose a system architecture constituted of a passive RF Front End (RF-FE), Bio-Mechanical Signal Interpreter (BMSI), and a Low Power Sensor Node. We show preliminary results for the performance of our RF-FE prototype, outline design alternatives for the BMSI, and summarize theoretical results for characterizing the BMSI components performance.