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IEEE Committee on RFID Newsletter
 April 2015
In this issue
  • From the Editor
  • New Member Societies
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Meet CRFID Officers
  • New Web site
IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
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CRFID Technical Community Membership
The CRFID technical community 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 Vasileios Lakafosis, Editor-in-Chief

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From the Editor
by Vasileios Lakafosis, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter

With IEEE RFID 2015, the world's most prestigious conference on RFIDs, just around the corner, we can't be more excited. It's not only a great opportunity to share, discuss, and witness the highest-quality research in all areas of RFID technologies or that the conference is co-located with the largest RFID exhibition. It's also about the people.

Nothing compares to the delight of catching up with colleagues you can call friends or meeting and interacting with new researchers in person. With this in mind, we thought you would like to get to "meet" the CRFID officers, the people who work hard for this technical community to grow and serve anyone interested in RFIDs and most of who will be attending the conference. This issue provides short biographies of all of them, so you have no excuse not to say "hi" when you come across them!

See you all in San Diego!

Computer, ITSS, and UFFC Societies Join IEEE CRFID
by Emily Sopensky, 2015 CRFID Chair

With the new year, we are delighted to welcome our three newest members to the CRFID - Computer, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Societies. CRFID now comprises 12 member Societies.

The representatives assigned for each society are:
  • IEEE Computer Society
    • Jean-Luc Gaudiot
    • Chuck Walrad
  • IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
    • Wei-Bin Zhang
    • Liuqing Yang
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society
    • Donald Malocha
Conferences and Call for Papers
by Dr. Matthew Trotter, IEEE RFID 2015 Publicity Chair

This year's IEEE RFID conference has tremendous content lined up. Check it out for yourself and register for the conference if you haven't already!

Keynote Speaker - Dina Katabi, MIT

Invited Speaker - Fred Tubb, iControl Inc.

Rectenna Spinout - Student teams build hand-crafted rectennas (rectifier + antenna) and compete to see which can spin a motor the fastest! US$500 cash prize to the winner.

Tutorials and Workshops - Learn more about the burgeoning world of RFID: Go ahead and register now if you haven't already. See you in beautiful San Diego, California, USA!

IEEE RFID-TA 2015 will take place 16-18 September 2015 at the Tokyo Bigsight conference tower in Tokyo, Japan.

RFID-TA 2015 seeks original, high-impact research papers considering practical implementations with passive and active RFID and their information systems. We particularly value papers whose theory or simulations are validated with experimental results. RFID-TA has the following six technical tracks:
  • Industrial deployment and pilot experiments;
  • Linked Data and RFID Information System;
  • Networking and Communications Protocols;
  • Power Harvesting for Active RFID and Sensors;
  • Printable Electronics and Chipless RFID;
  • Localization and its Applications.
Papers should be no more than six pages in length and be written in the English language.

Accepted and presented papers will be included in IEEE Xplore. Note that authors must upload their paper for review by 30 AprilĀ 2015.

See more details at the official call for papers.

Meet the CRFID Officers

Emily Sopensky

Business consultant Emily Sopensky specializes in strategies for technology companies. In 1995 she began working for Texas Instruments on RFID. After 20 years in Central Texas, she became the second IEEE-USA Fellow to the U.S. State Department in 2004, and relocated to Arlington, Virginia. Besides organizing IEEE's RFID interests across OUs, Ms. Sopensky has held numerous positions in societal, regional, technical and corporate IEEE activities. She is Chair, IEEE CRFID.

William Lumpkins

William Lumpkins, Senior member of IEEE is the Vice-President of Engineering at O & S Services, an Engineering Services company specializing in Consumer Product development with bringing ideas in the U.S. to fruition and bridging the manufacturing process into the Far East. William served as the IEEE Committee on RFID Chair (2013-2014) and as the IEEE Systems Man & Cybernetics Standards Chair and the IEEE Sensors Council Standards Chair. He served in the United States Navy from 1987- 1996. During his active duty and while serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson, William actively studied Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and received his BS from New York University, Albany, 1996. William's research interests are AI in the Home/Vehicle, IoT, Cloud Computing, Security Systems, and RF Energy Harvesting.

Gisele Bennett

Dr. Bennett is a Regents' Researcher, the director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She founded the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC), a multi-disciplinary center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As the director of the Electro-Optical Systems laboratory, she manages 168 researchers, scientists, and students in a diverse applied research environment. Dr. Bennett's past and current activities include editorial or officer positions with the Optical Society (OSA), SPIE, and IEEE. She is a member of the US Army Science Board, a Fellow in the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) and a Senior member of IEEE. She is one of the first ten fellows chosen for Georgia Tech's University Leadership program. Dr. Bennett has patents related to RFID and container security as well as over 90 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports, and workshops. Her doctorate is in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. Dr. Bennett is Secretary/Treasurer IEEE CRFID.


Dr. Georgiadis is a Senior Researcher at the Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions den Catalunya (CTTC), Barcelona, Spain. His research interests are in the field of energy harvesting and RFID-enabled sensing and additive manufacturing. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE CRFID, and the 2015 Vice Chair Conferences.

Gregory Durgin

Dr. Durgin is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is a Senior member of IEEE and currently serves as both vice chair of educational outreach and as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Technical Committee on RFID.

Daniel Engels

Dr. Daniel W. Engels is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Dr. Engels is the Co-Executive Director for the SMU online MS in Data Science program. He was the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on RFID in 2011 and in 2012. Dr. Engels is the former Director of Research of the Auto-ID Labs at MIT where he led the development of several RFID protocols including the original "Gen2" protocol. Dr. Engels is an original member of the research team started in 1998 that founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT. Dr. Engels is one of the principal architects of the EPC System, the foundation of the Internet of Things, developed under the Auto-ID Center and licensed to the Uniform Codes Council, now GS1, and adopted by governments and industries around the globe. Dr. Engels received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has over 90 peer reviewed publications and 5 issued patents in RFID, RFID applications, Internet of Things, security, embedded computing, and computer-aided design. Dr. Engels received the 2014 AIM Ted Williams Award in recognition of his contributions to the AIDC industry. Dr. Engels is a member of AIDC 100 and is a Senior member of IEEE.

Shahriar Mirabasi

Shahriar Mirabasi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia. His research interests include analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuit and system design for wireless and wireline date communication, sensor interface, RFID, and biomedical applications. Professor Mirabasi is CRFID Vice Chair, Publications.

Paul Hartmann

Paul is President of RF SAW, Inc. Paul's previous positions include Founding Vice President of Engineering and CTO for Applied Digital Access in San Diego and Director of Advanced Technology for Rockwell International in Dallas. Paul is a Senior Life Member of IEEE and the founding chair of The IEEE Technical Committee on RFID (CRFID).

Larry Zhang

Dr. Larry Zhang has worked in the semiconductor electronics industry for over 20 years. His experience includes research, design, product development, product definition and launch, product testing, quality and reliability, silicon device and chip characterization. He currently works for NVIDIA on wireless 2G/3G/4G LTE system-on-chip (SoC) RF modem development in Dallas, Texas. Before joining NVIDIA he has worked for Texas Instruments, for 15 years. He has published more than 30 papers and filed more than 20 United States patents. Dr. Zhang has a PhD in Materials Sciences from University of Minnesota, Twin cities in the US, and MS and BS in Physics from Lanzhou University in China. He has been active in many IEEE activities: Editor in Chief, IEEE RFID Virtual Journal, 2012-present, Editorial Advisory Member, IEEE Spectrum Chinese Edition, 2012-present, President of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society 2009, Chair, IEEE Dallas section Chair. Keynote Speakers for many IEEE Conferences on Wireless Communications and Consumer Electronics.

Matthew Trotter

Matthew Trotter is a Research Engineer in the Information and Communications Laboratory(ICL) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He received his BS in electrical engineering (2007) from the University of Texas and his MS (2009) and PhD (2011) in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, where he specialized in energy harvesting and range estimation for RFID systems. He holds a US Patent on Power Optimized Waveforms (POWs), an energy harvesting technique, and is an active member of the RFID research community, IEEE CRFID, and IEEE RFID conferences. From 2011-2013, he was a Research Imagineer for Disney Research where he helped develop a football-tracking system for use during live games. Currently at ICL, he researches in the areas of mathematical modeling and simulation of nonlinear microwave devices, radio wave propagation, and software-defined radios. He has worked with start-up companies as a prototype developer and intellectual property consultant. He has numerous conference and magazine publications on RFID and is a frequent reviewer of scientific papers in the area.

Vasileios Lakafosis

Vasileios Lakafosis is a Software Engineer and Researcher with the Locator / ID Separation Protocol Team, in Core Software Group of Cisco Systems and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE CRFID Newsletter. Dr. Lakafosis' cross-disciplinary research interests range from novel networking protocols in the areas of core routing and wireless mobile ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks to RF security authentication, perpetual ambient RF energy harvesting communication systems, wireless localization techniques, and distributed computing in delay tolerant and opportunistic networks. Dr. Lakafosis' PhD Thesis research work was listed among the 25 technologies in all categories featured in the November 2011 20 year anniversary issue. He is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2012 ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (ACM MOBIHOC).

CRFID Introduces New Web Site
CRFID is proud to announce a new Web site design. Please take a look.

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