Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of


Date of this Version

Fall 12-1-2011


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfilment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Telecommunications Engineering, Under the Supervision of Professor Tadeusz Wysocki. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2011

Copyright (c) 2011 Aaron T. Sharp


It is well known that biological systems utilize communication in some form, one prolific example of this is the propagation of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) in the human body. By modeling HIV infection as a communication system, we hope to gain a unique insight into HIV and biological communication systems in general. Such a model would provide researchers a platform for experimenting and simulating various biological communication systems. We have previously developed a layered communication protocol for interpreting biological communication systems using telecommunications paradigms and will apply said model to HIV proliferation. We will also demonstrate the effectiveness of the model by formulating a telecommunications-based mathematical model, and by implementing a simulation of HIV infection based on direct interpretation of this layered protocol.

Adviser: Tadeusz Wysocki