The N3Cat Initiative
During the last years, promising advancements in nanotechnology have attracted tremendous attention in many fields such as in the biomedical field, environmental research or industrial technology because of its potential applications. Nanotechnology is inherently a multidisciplinary field based on the knowledge of diverse scientific areas, and presents challenges in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, among others. In nanotechnology, nanomachines are envisioned as the most basic functional unit able to perform very simple tasks at a nanoscale. Nanonetworks are the interconnection of nanomachines, and as such expand the capabilities of a single nanomachine.
The NaNoNetworking Center in Catalonia (N3Cat) has been created as an initiative of Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz and Prof. Josep Solé-Pareta at UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) with the main goals of carrying fundamental research on nanonetworks and educating and training the new generation of students.