The new emerging field of molecular communication aims to develop communication systems that are constructed from natural components and systems that are found in nature. Since the birth of this new field in the mid-2000s, the community has witnessed a number of novel molecular communication systems. This includes pure diffusion models, as well as specific cell types that diffuse molecules for communication (e.g., calcium signaling in excitable cells such as neurons), bacterial nanonetworks, as well as microfluidic communication systems. Most recently, this new communication system has also been applied to healthcare application such as precision drug delivery, and even new paradigms for the Internet of Things, known as the Internet of Bio-Nano Things.
This special issue for the Proceedings will explore the past contributions and developments of this new emerging field, and at the same time establish the ground works for the future transformation of molecular communication. This will be established through articles that will bridge to other domains and fields, and in particular in molecular biology, including synthetic biology. The articles will cover reviews and surveys of current theoretical models developed in molecular communication, and articles in experimental biology and nanotechnology that have been developed to control and engineer communication.