Lehrstuhl für Informations- und Codierungstheorie

Journal Publication on Infectious Molecular Communication


M. Schurwanz, P.A. Hoeher, S. Bhattacharjee, M. Damrath, L. Stratmann, and F. Dressler, "Infectious disease transmission via aerosol propagation from a molecular communication perspective: Shannon meets coronavirus," accepted for publication in IEEE Communications Magazine, Mar. 2021.


Molecular communication is not only able to mimic biological and chemical communication mechanisms, but also provides a theoretical framework for viral infection processes. In this tutorial, aerosol and droplet transmission is modeled as a multiuser scenario with mobile nodes, related to broadcasting and relaying. In contrast to data communication systems, in the application of pathogen-laden aerosol transmission, mutual information between nodes should be minimized. Towards this goal, several countermeasures are reasoned. The findings are supported by experimental results and by an advanced particle simulation tool. This work is inspired by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but also applicable to other airborne infectious diseases like influenza.