Controlled Information Transfer Through An In Vivo Nervous System.04 Jul 2018
The nervous system holds a central position among the major in-body networks. It comprises of cells known as neurons that are responsible to carry messages between different parts of the body and make decisions based on those messages. In this work, further to the extensive theoretical studies, we demonstrate the first controlled information transfer through an in vivo nervous system by modulating digital data from macro-scale devices onto the nervous system of common earthworms and conducting successful transmissions. The results and analysis of our experiments provide a method to model networks of neurons, calculate the channel propagation delay, create their simulation models, indicate optimum parameters such as frequency, amplitude and modulation schemes for such networks, and identify average nerve spikes per input pulse as the nervous information coding scheme. Future studies on neuron characterization and artificial neurons may benefit from the results of our work.