Date: Tuesday 3 May 2022
Time: 10am — 11:30am EDT
Place: Virtual (Zoom)

Attendees (21):

  • Lin Lin (TC Chair), Tongji University, China
  • Adam Noel (TC Vice Chair), University of Warwick, UK
  • Nan Yang (TC Secretary), Australian National University, Australia
  • Prabhat Kumar Sharma (TC Social media chair), VNIT Nagpur, India
  • Aldri Santos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Anna Vizziello, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Chan-Byoung Chae, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Chia-Han Lee, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Dadi Bi, King’s College London, UK
  • Jens Kirchner, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Lukas Brand, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Kun Yang, University of Essex, UK
  • Massimiliano Pierobon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • Maurizio Magarini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Maximilian Schäfer, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Rudolf Rabenstein, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Sebastian Lotter, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Tadashi Nakano, Osaka Metropolitan University/Osaka University, Japan
  • Tatsuya Suda, University Netgroup, Inc., USA
  • Yansha Deng, King’s College London, UK
  • Rinrada Jadsadaphongphaibool, King’s College London, UK


1. Call to order

Prof. Lin opens the virtual meeting and calls to order. No additional item was raised by attendees.

2. Chair’s report

a) Prof. Lin described the TC:

  • Becoming a full ComSoc TC in 2019;
  • Being dedicated to promoting MBMC research;
  • Providing a forum for discussion and broadening professional opportunities of its members, professional resources and support;
  • Managing MBMC SAC tracks in the IEEE ComSoc flagship conferences (such as ICC and Globecom) and upporting IEEE TMBMC;
  • Co-sponsoring or endorsing other events, including the 6th Workshop on Molecular Communications, which will be held in 13-15 July, 2022;
  • Owning mailing list (185 subscribers) and three social media platforms, including
    • Facebook (link)
    • Twitter: @mbmctc
    • LinkedIn (link)

b) Prof. Lin introduced the TC officers (2022–2023), including the chair, vice-chair, secretary, and social media chair.

3. IEEE TMBMC report

Prof. Chae provided a report on the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications (TMBMC). Some updates include:

  • Ms Christina Tang-Bernas finished her term as the assistant.
  • The journal is seeking a new EiC.
  • The number of submitted manuscripts is declining. The IEEE TMBMC needs more submissions and stronger support from our MBMC community.

4. Conference reports

a) IEEE ICC 2022 report (Track chair: Prof. Massimiliano Pierobon)

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea, 16–20 May 2022.
  • Conference format: Hybrid.
  • Statistics of TPC members: 39 invited and 30 accepted.
  • Diversity of TPC members: Members from 12 countries, 12 from Europe, 10 from America, 5 from Asia and 3 from Australia. Out of 30 TPC members, 3 are female and 27 are male.
  • Paper submission and acceptance: 14 submitted. 7 accepted, all of which are of very high quality.
  • Session schedule: 2 virtual sessions and 1 in-person session are scheduled at the conference.

b) IEEE Globecom 2022 report (Track chair: Prof. Chun Tung Chou, presented by Prof. Lin Lin)

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4–8 December 2022.
  • Conference format: Hybrid.
  • Submission deadline: Extended to 8 May 2022.
  • Progress to date: 44 TPC members recruited. 9 papers submitted with manuscripts, 1 paper registered without a manuscript.

c) Future conferences

  • IEEE ICC 2023, Rome. 28 May — 1 June 2023. Michael Barros accepted to be chair.
  • IEEE Globecom 2023, Kuala Lumpur. 4–8 December 2023. Masoumeh Nasiri-Kenari accepted to be chair.
  • IEEE ICC 2024, Denver. 9–13 June 2024. Hamdan Awan nominated by the TC.
  • IEEE Globecom 2024, Cape Town.
  • IEEE ICC 2025, Montreal.
  • IEEE Globecom 2025, Taipei.

Track chairs are typically appointed 2 years ahead of the conference. If you’re interested to serve as the track chair, please contact the TC chair.

5. Discussions

The chair initiates a discussion on how to increase the number of submissions to our MBMC track and IEEE TMBMC. The number of submitted papers to IEEE ICC/Globecom 2020—2022 are given the table below:


ICC 2020

Globecom 2020

ICC 2021

Globecom 2021

ICC 2022

Globecom 2022

Number of submissions







  • Prof. Aldri Santos suggested more social engagement and media outreach, e.g., seminar videos for public, as well as publicising more tutorial-type resources for early-career researchers and research students to engage in.
  • Prof. Chan-Byoung Chae suggested to add videos about MBMC research and prototypes to a website as a hub.
  • Prof. Lin Lin shared his experiences that he was contacted by business, showing the company’s interests in the area of MBMC, and questions about when the real applications could be produced.
  • Prof. Tatsuya Suda suggested to have a section at the IEEE TMBMC for tutorial-type papers and organise a summer/winter school to increase engagement with early-career researchers and research students.

6. New business

No new business was raised.

7. Adjournment

Prof. Lin Lin adjourned.