Special Section on Molecular Communications for Interfacing and Modeling Living Systems
Molecular communications (MolCom) has been established as one of the novel interdisciplinary research themes with strong impact on science and technology in the last five years. For this reason, in 2016 the European Project CIRCLE (Coordinating European Research on Molecular Communications) started organizing an annual event, named Workshop on Molecular Communications , to encourage strategic development of molecular communications research in Europe with a focus on broadening the reach of the community into adjacent disciplines, such as synthetic biology, systems biology, pharmacology, inter/intra cellular communications, chemical networks, and communications engineering. The third edition of the Workshop on Molecular Communications was organized by the IDLab—Department of Information Technology of the Ghent University—IMEC on April 4–6, 2018. The workshop has provided the research community with an opportunity to meet and share their research, vision and experience in the area of molecular communications across different disciplines. In addition to invited talks and tutorials, the technical program committee accepted 19 extended abstracts for oral presentation. Among them, a total of four papers were selected for publication in this special section of IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience after a subsequent IEEE independent peer review process. Moreover, three additional papers were selected to be included in the special issue among those submitted to it through the open call, totaling seven accepted papers for this special issue. The Guest editors sincerely thank all the participants for their appreciated contributions.