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IEEE Committee on RFID Newsletter
 April 2017
In this issue
  • From the Editor
  • From the President
  • CPMT Joins CRFID
  • George Xiao Takes the Lead
  • Partnership with the RAIN Alliance
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • RFID Distinguished Lecturer Program
  • Collection of IEEE RFID Best Papers
  • IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
  • IEEE Journal of RFID
  • CRFID Member Societies
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IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
The latest issue of IEEE RFID Virtual Journal is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE RFID Virtual Journal subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

To subscribe to the IEEE RFID Virtual Journal, please visit our catalog.

Become a part of the Council on RFID
The Council on RFID is open to any IEEE member who is interested in in RFID research and applications.

Information for Contributors
Announcements, feature articles, book and meetings reviews, opinions, professional activities, report abstracts, letters to the editor, and other material of interest to the CRFID community are solicited.

Please submit electronic material for consideration to Shashikant Patil, Editor-in-Chief.

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Content Submission Deadline
Announcements, Adcom member bios, feature articles, book and meetings reviews, opinions, professional activities, report abstracts, letters to the editor, and other material of interest to the CRFID community are solicited for this newsletter. Please submit electronic material for consideration to the Editor-in-Chief, Shashikant Patil. His email address is

Deadline for submissions for the next issue is 15 May 2017.
If you have questions or comments about any items in this newsletter; or have ideas for future stories, please contact Matt LaFleur at

From the Editor
by Shashikant Patil, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter

It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you the latest issue of IEEE CRFID Newsletter publishing past activities and events of the Council on the auspicious occasion of International Women’s Day! IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is very close to my heart and I have volunteered my services for WIE India as well as played a key role in establishing aWIE affinity group at IEEE NMIMS Shirpur. I take this as an opportunity to extend my deep gratitude and greetings to all the Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology on this occasion. There is a lot more good news for women in science and engineering than you might expect. Research shows that the landscape for women working in scientific disciplines – including maths, engineering, and technology – has improved dramatically over the past 50 years.

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Message from President's Desk
by Emily Sopensky, President, IEEE Council on RFID

Early 2017 brings changes and enhancements to the IEEE Council on RFID.

At our first Adcom meeting, the following were appointed to positions in the CRFID:
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Chris Valenta, GaTech Research Institute
  • Vice President, Conferences: Apostolos Georgidias, Assoc. Professor, Heriot-Watt University
  • Vice President, Member Services: Chen Zhi Ning, Professor, National Univeristy of Singapore
  • Vice President, Publications: Shahriar Mirabbassi, Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Vice President, Technical Activities: Magdy Bayoumi, Professor, Univeristy of Louisiana
  • Young Professionals: Matt Trotter, GaTech Research Institute Research Engineer and Francesco Amato
    Matt continues to be in charge of the website; Francesco will take on marketing and publicity for CRFID

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IEEE Components Packaging Materials Technology Society Joins the Council

We welcome CPMT's society representative, Professor Emmanouil "Manos" Tentzeris, Georgia Tech,and GEDC Associate Director for RFID/Sensors Research.

He received the diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (“Magna Cum Laude”) in Greece and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Currently a Professor with School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Professor Tentzeris has published more than 500 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, five books and 19 book chapters. He has helped develop academic programs in Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFID's and sensors, biosensors, wearable electronics, inkjet-printed electronics, "Green" electronics and power scavenging, nanotechnology applications in RF, Microwave MEM’s, SOP-integrated antennas and heads the ATHENA research group.

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George Xiao Takes the Lead on Smart Materials for CRFID

Welcome George Xiao, the representative from IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Society, and is a CRFID Distinguished Lecturer. In addition, he is the CRFID appointee to the IEEE Smart Materials initiative.

Dr. Gaozhi (George) Xiao is an IEEE Fellow and a senior research officer of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada.

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Partnership with the RAdio frequency IdentificatioN (RAIN) Alliance

RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item. RAIN technology is based on a UHF RFID protocol standard developed by GS1 and ISO. Hundreds of companies have delivered products using these standards worldwide since the 1990's, starting with the initial creation of the Internet of Things (IoT). The RAIN RFID Alliance is a global organization promoting the universal adoption of RAIN technology solutions across many different vertical markets.

Read more.

CRFID Conference Information

In keeping with the traditions for the IEEE RFID series of CRFID conferences, the 11th IEEE International Conference on RFID will be co-located with RFID Journal Live! 2017 show in Phoenix, AZ USA 9-11 May 2017.

Registration is now open!

The IEEE International Conference on RFID Technology and Applications (RFID-TA) 2017 will be held 20-22 September at the DoubleTree in Warsaw, Poland.

It is hosted by the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, the Institute of Radioelectronic and Media Technologies, and IEEE Poland Section.

IEEE RFID-TA 2017 will provide a forum for the advancement of RFID technology and practice, and will aim to strengthen relations between industry, research institutions and academia.

The eighth annual IEEE conference on RFID Technology and Applications (RFID-TA) provides:
  • A venue for leading researchers, developers, and businesspeople to discuss the latest developments in RFID technology
  • Insight into best practices for utilizing RFID for your business
  • Trade show related to automatic identification technologies
Authors are invited to submit high-impact papers presenting their latest research and practical applications in all areas of RFID.

The program includes:
  • Lectures by experts
  • Debates and thematic sessions
  • Exhibition
  • Workshops
  • Conference Dinner
Important Dates:
  • Papers submission deadline: due 28 April 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 15 June 2017
  • Camera-ready papers due: 31 July 2017
We look forward to seeing you in Poland.

The 5th Annual IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE 2017) will be held 10-12 October 2017 at Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Spaceflight involves critical sensing and communication in extreme environments such as planetary surfaces, space vehicles, and space habitats. The many challenges faced in space sensing and communication are extremely diverse and overlap significantly with those found in many terrestrial examples of extreme environments such as extreme hot or cold locations, extreme high- or low-pressure environments, critical control loops in aircraft and nuclear power plants, high-speed rotating equipment, oil/gas pipelines and platforms, etc. All of these environments pose significant challenges for radio-frequency or optical wireless sensing and communication and will require the application of a broad range of state of the art technologies in order to generate reliable and cost effective solutions. Although the specific challenges vary significantly from the environment to environment, many of the solutions offered by sensing, communication, and statistical signal processing technologies can be applied in multiple environments, and researchers focusing on space applications can benefit greatly from understanding the problems encountered and solutions applied in alternative environments.

This IEEE conference will bring together investigators from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and other space agencies, along with aerospace and space defense industries and academic researchers, in an effort to understand and solve the emerging problems facing wireless sensing and communication in space and related extreme environments.

Full length research papers (six pages) and posters abstracts (three pages) are sought that address solution to problems in all areas of wireless sensing and communication in space and extreme environments related to spaceflight. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other indexing databases.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 1 July 2017
Acceptance notification: 1 August 2017
IEEE PDF eXpress version: 1 September 2017
Early registration: 15 August 2017

CRFID Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program

The CRFID Distinguished Lecturer Program provides interesting and informative lectures to serve the needs of member societies and councils. They enhance their professional vitality by keeping them informed of new technological developments and applications in the theory and applications of RFID. The CRFID Distinguished Lecturer Program does not support speakers for conference/symposium/workshop or university seminars. CRFID has agreed to a cost sharing plan that may be used by IEEE host organization, e.g., IEEE Chapters and Councils, Sections, and student groups. IEEE student groups are especially encouraged to make use of the Program to invite outstanding speakers. Distinguished lecturers receive no honorarium.

Procedures for Requesting a DL Visit:
  • Submit a proposal to the DL Chair, Jorge Fernandez, at least four weeks before the proposed visit.
  • Include the following items:
    • Name of Distinguished Lecturer and topic of presentation
    • Date and venue
    • Expected impact
    • Estimated attendance
    • Amount of desired travel support requested for non-local travel expenses
    • Amount of local support to be provided by the IEEE host entity
    Travel subsidy for the DL may be provided to a maximum amount of US$800 if the one-way non-stop travel time is within six hours and a maximum amount of US$1600 if one-way non-stop travel time is more than six hours.
  • The proposal is evaluated based on the above items and the Distinguished Lecturer Program budget. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to support the request, so it is strongly advised to submit the proposal early.
  • If the proposal is approved, CRFID will contact the Distinguished Lecturer to finalize the arrangements. The lecture should be open to all members of IEEE. The host organization is expected to publicize the event via electronic media.
Collection of IEEE CRFID Best Conference Papers

In commemoration of 10 years of IEEE RFID conferences, the IEEE Council on RFID will be offering a limited edition, print-only collection of Best Papers awarded at our annual conferences for its first 10 years: 2007-2016. This collection will be made available at no charge to those who have registered at a 2016 CRFID conference. For more information, contact Emily Sopensky at

IEEE RFID Virtual Journal

The IEEE RFID Virtual Journal has a new editor-in-chief. Peter Hawrylak is an assistant professor at University of Tulsa. The Summer/Fall combined issue, will discuss the best of the Best Papers of IEEE CRFID's conferences in the past 10 years. For a subscription to the RFID Virtual Journal go to the IEEE Membership and Subscriptions Catalog. It is free to members of CRFID member Societies. To become an associate editor or guest editor, contact Dr. Hawrylak at

IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (IEEE Journal of RFID)

by Larry Zhang, Nvidia, Editor in Chief


The IEEE Journal of RFID is a new IEEE journal launching in 2017 that 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. This call for papers intends to solicit contributions in all areas pertinent to the RFID technology.

IEEE Journal of RFID Topic Areas:
  • Antenna and design
  • Tags and readers
  • Circuits and systems
  • Protocols and networks
  • Signal propagation and processing
  • Energy harvesting
  • Data and power transfer
  • Modulation schemes
  • Modeling, simulation, implementation
  • RFID sensors
  • Near field communications
  • Smart and programmable tags
  • RFID manufacturing processes
  • RFID applications in health care, finance, transportation, security, inventory management, and RFID tracking of information, location, asset, energy, and people
  • Internet of Things
Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished work on RFID. We consider both brief papers (five pages) and longer articles. Acceptance shall be based on the peer reviews from the editors and the selected reviewers. The Journal is published quarterly with the first issue scheduled to appear in March of 2017. The IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) that comprises 15 IEEE member societies sponsors the Journal.

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. Visit the ORCID page on our website for instructions and further information. For submissions, please send your manuscript to the editor-in-chief at

CRFID Member Societies

In 2017, we welcome the Components Packaging Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) as a member Society of CRFID.

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