1st Quarter | 2021
The IEEE Council on RFID is a global community of leading innovators who explore topics relating to the theory and practice of matters relating to RFID (radio frequency identification) and RFID-related systems. The purpose is to advance and coordinate work in the field of radio frequency identification (RFID) carried throughout the IEEE and as such is scientific, literary and educational in character. The IEEE Council on RFID News covers the application of RFID and RFID systems and deployments worldwide.

Our vibrant technical community consists of members from multiple IEEE Societies and general IEEE members interested in RFID research and technology. The Council produces two flagship RFID conferences annually, IEEE RFID and IEEE RFID-TA, and operates the IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID).

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We apologize for the delay, our 1st Quarter Newsletter was delayed due to a change in production. Any items that were time-sensitive have been removed.
From the Editor
by Peter J. Hawrylak, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter

We welcome you to the current issue of our quarterly newsletter! I am elated and excited to be able to present this issue to you. We hope you enjoy this way to keep you informed of the news from our Chapters, members and activities of Council on RFID (CRFID). You will find that this issue is filled with events, educational information, and news from our council.

Please feel to provide your feedback and send articles and pertinent information with photos for us to include in future issues. Thank you for your support. A special thanks to Prof. Fei-Yue Wang, immediate Past-President of CRFID, for leading CRFID for the past two years, especially during the difficulties of COVID-19. Included in this issue is a message from Prof. Fei-Yue Wang from February of this year.

Wish you all happy reading!
Message From Immediate Past-President,
Prof. Fei-Yue Wang

New CRFID in New Age
I am writing to you at the eve of Lunar New Year, the year of OX, or NIU in Chinese, which is pronounced almost as same as New in English, so first of all, to everyone: Happy Niu Year to You and Your Family!

The past year of 2020 would definitely be a unique period that will stick out to our future generations, a surreal year to myself, not just because of COVID-19 pandemic, but also the chaotic way we have collectively reacted and proceeded. The past year is also a historic milestone in the development of our council, the IEEE Council on Radio Frequency Identification, a demanding year with a delayed election of our Executive Committee and a relentless five-year evaluation by IEEE TMC/SCRC, with over 50 online meetings for ExCom/AdCom, Council Presidents, Advisory Committee, TMC/SCRC, TAB, et al. In the end, IEEE CRFID survived and positioned itself stronger than ever for future growth. This is the result of hard working and dedication from our members of ExCom/AdCom and Advisory Committee, especially the enthusiastic and overwhelming support we have received from many of our sponsoring society presidents at the TAB meeting in last November. A big thanks to all of you!

As we have discussed and determined last year, CRFID will move from a RFID and LBS (Location-based Services) centric organization to an Edge-Cloud Devices/Systems and MBS (Mobility-based Services) focused platforms team to support our member societies and promote related research, development, and applications. This year we will start two new initiatives: 1) Co-organizing Technical Committees with member societies to support related technical activities, and pilot programs have already started with IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Societies in LBS and Smart Logistics, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society in Parallel Intelligence and Cyber-Physical-Social Systems (CPSS); 2) Co-organizing IEEE International Digital Twins and Parallel Intelligence Conference (DTPI 2021) with member societies to promote related research and development in digital twins/CPS and parallel intelligence/CPSS, with the goal of making this event a major venue for moving CFRID into the main stream of intelligent science and technology.

Looking forward to having your continued support in 2021.

Safe, Healthy, and Happy in the OX Year!

Sincerely Yours,
Fei-Yue Wang
Immediate Past-President
Congratulations to Matt Reynolds for winning the Clive Hohberger Technology Award!

Created in 2018 to honor the lifetime contribution of Dr. Clive Hohberger, prolific inventor, and recognize the scientists, engineers, software developers, or systems integrators for outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the industry through important applications and new technological developments.

This year’s recipient is Associate Professor Matt Reynolds of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, and also co-founder and CEO of ThruWave Inc, an innovator in millimeter wave imaging for the supply chain. Matt is also co-founder in 2000 of the RFID systems firm ThingMagic Inc (acquired by Trimble Navigation, now part of Novanta/JADAK). Matt is being honored for his contribution in bringing the software-defined radio (SDR) technology to RFID readers, which replaced discrete RF component radios with advanced computer-based digital signal processing. The ThingMagic Mercury 4 reader proved the power of SDR, when it upgraded to EPCglobal Gen 2 protocol tags with only a software update. Matt received a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2003 as a Motorola Fellow. He holds 67 US Patents in five fields and has over 85 pending patent applications.
Congratulations to Cheng Qi, Francesco Amato, and Greg Durgin on their 3rd Place in the Nokia Bell Labs Prize!
A CRFID team of Cheng Qi, Francesco Amato, and Greg Durgin won 3rd Place in the Nokia Bell Labs prize with an entry entitled “Hyper RFIDs: a Revolution for the Future of RFID.” After receiving 200+ international entries, the Bell Labs judges have narrowed the awardees down to three finalists that includes their entry.
IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID)
The IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID) publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts addressing various aspects of RFID circuits, systems, standards, and applications. RFID involves multidisciplinary areas of research and development, encompassing a broad spectrum of science and engineering expertise.

Please follow the link below to read details on publishing in JRFID.
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