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From the Editor
by Shashikant Patil, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter
I welcome you all to the latest issue of the CRFID Newsletter, which gives you details of a variety of activities held during past months. Even though we take every care and effort to publish all the reports that we receive but due to time constraints, we are not able to publish all of them. This should not deter the spirit of our members in contributing news/activities. Please continue sending the activity reports as before.
Firstly, thanks are due to my predecessor Dr. Vasileios Lakafosis. Over the past few years he has done a fantastic job, shaping the Newsletter to ensure it has maintained its place as one of the leading newsletters in IEEE. He has always acted with the utmost academic integrity, which combined with his breadth and depth of understanding and a prodigious appetite for hard work makes him a hard act to follow. I am very aware of the responsibilities that the editor's role entails, and I approach my new role with both excitement and some trepidation!
Given the secure footing of the newsletter, I do not propose any immediate or radical changes under my leadership, however, this will need to continue to evolve to ensure full advantage is taken of the rapidly changing world of publication and information dissemination.
The CRFID Newsletter depicts various activities achievements and advancements of the Council on RFID. It aims to emphasize and concede increased cognizance amongst all of us. Preparing to mirror the vibrant and eminent world of CRFID was not easy; but we were keenly sincere in tackling all the hurdles. I feel privileged, blessed, and honored to shoulder the responsibility of Editor-in-Chief of the CRFID Newsletter.
Message from President's Desk
by Emily Sopensky, President, IEEE Council on RFID
A short recap of some of the activities going on in our Council:
Meet the New Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the CRFID Newsletter
Professor Shashikant Patil is an astute performer with proven expertise in devising and effectuating policies aimed at ensuring smooth running of operations and execution of academic, research and administration tasks within the professional college/University premises possesses potential for distinctive achievement through strategy, innovation, implementation and control. Prof. Patil is a prominent educationist and Teacher. He is a renowned engineer, researcher and scientist. He has received numerous accolades for his valuable contributions and achievements in education and research. Prof. Patil graduated with a degree in Electronics Engineering from North Maharashtra University in 1997 and joined as a Lecturer in Government Polytechnic Mumbai in 1999.
After completing his Masters from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University Lonere, he joined Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and later on appointed as an Associate Professor and Head of the Department. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, Technical Advisory Board Member, Potential Peer Reviewer and Journal Referee on at least 50 Journals. He also has associations with Elsevier Editorial Series, Taylor and Francis, and SpringerLink Journals as a potential peer reviewer and journal referee. He is also associated with IEEE, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computer Society of India (CSI), Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), National Human Resources Development Network (NHRDN), Engineering for Change (E4C) and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (IETE) as Professional member and nominated as an affiliate member on various committees of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) and IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
He has participated in 36 teacher training programs/refresher courses like Short Term Training Programs (STTP)/Continuing Education Programs (CEP)/ Quality Improvement Program (QIP)/Conferences/Workshops in IITs and reputed institutions. A stickler for quality, team builder to the core and a natural motivator with perseverance and integrity; he commands excellent communication skills that have been honed through interacting with people at various levels. He is a recipient of the Best Researcher Award 2014 of Shree Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal (SVKM) NMIMS Shirpur. He has recently has been chosen to serve as a Member Executive Committee Member & Joint Secretary on IEEE CSI India Council as well as core team member of the Social Media and Online Content management team, Visibility Committee of IEEE SPS at an international Level. He has published approximately 36 articles in various conferences and journals at national and international level. Last year he played a key role as Regional Lead Ambassador for Region 10 for an IEEE Day 2015 event. He is also heading SVKMs NMIMS Bosch Centre of Excellence in Automation Technologies Shirpur Campus. He is member IEEE RFID Technical Council and Member of the Internet of Things Community (IOT). His research interests are signal processing and imaging. He also servies as an Associate Editor on IEEE RFID Virtual Journal and the IEEE Software Defined Networks newsletter.
CRFID Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Series at Washington DC-Northern Virginia MTT Chapter
The primary purpose of the CRFID Distinguished Lecturer Program is to provide interesting and informative lectures to serve the needs of member Societies and Councils and to enhance their professional vitality by keeping them informed of new technological developments and applications in the theory and applications of RFID.
Apostolos Georgiadis, Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, gave a talk on 1 June 2016 entitled, "Wireless power transfer and energy harvesting for RFID" at the Alexandria VA (USA) Lyceum. The host was the MTT Chapter of Washington/Nothern Virginia (Wash NoVA).
Kiki Ikossi (Washington/Northern Virginia MTT Chapter Chair) and Apostolos Georgiadis, CRFID VP Conferences and Distinguished Lecturer.
Other CRFID DLs giving lectures at the Wash/NoVA MTT chapter meetings this year are:
CRFID Conference Information
IEEE RFID-TA 2016 will take place 21-23 September 2016 at the Marriott in Shunde, Foshan City, China.
RFID-TA 2016 will provide a forum for the advancement of RFID technology and practice, and aims to strengthen relations between industry, research institutions and academia. Authors are invited to submit a maximum six-page original, high impact paper presenting their latest research and practical information in all areas of RFID.
The conference organizers just announced two pre-conference tutorials. Additionally, CRFID is planning an Authors Workshop for all IEEE authors interested in submitting papers eligible for inclusion in IEEE Xplore digital library.
The two tutorials will be:
The Design of Passive Integrated Single-Chip RFID and Sensor Systems
Instructor: Prof. L. Richard Carley, Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract: This tutorial begins with a discussion of the cost, size and ruggedness advantages that passive integrated single-chip RFIDs and sensor systems can offer and some potential application areas for such devices; e.g., RFIDs for pills and implanted biomedical sensors. The design of passive integrated single-chip RFIDs and sensor systems, ones in which the antenna and the RFID circuitry are all fabricated on the same integrated circuit substrate, is challenging because the small size of the antenna and its proximity to a resistive ground plane (the integrated circuit substrate) both decrease the RF energy that can be harvested to operate the RFID or sensor system. In this tutorial, we will make simplifying approximations in order to develop basic equations relating the size and geometry of the antenna to the ability of the RFID system to harvest energy; and, we will validate those equations with electromagnetic field simulations. The tutorial will consider operation across a range of frequencies and will explore both in-plane spiral antennas, the use of insulating substrates, and the use of out-of-plane helical antennas. We will also explore the challenging issue of matching the antenna to on-chip electronics both for maximizing power transfer and for mitigating the losses due to the turn-on voltage of whatever rectifier circuits are used. At the circuit level, we will explore techniques for antenna impedance matching and advanced rectifier circuit designs that can operate on smaller antenna output voltages. Finally, we will explore ways in which microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) wafer-scale fabrication techniques can be applied to improve the power transfer to passive integrated single-chip RFID and sensor systems. We will conclude the tutorial by showing examples of MEMS sensors that can also be fabricated in using MEMS wafer-scale fabrication techniques in order to create passive single-chip RFID and sensor systems.
Advanced Writing and Presentation for English-as-a-Second-Language Engineers
Instructor: Dr. Narisa Nan Chu, Co-founder, CWLab International, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Abstract: Technical writing and presentation for an engineer whose native language is not English can be harder than the technical expertise the engineer attempts to convey. Without the proper communication skills in English, technical contributions could be drastically discounted and dismissed within the technical community. Beyond the known English grammar and common language usage, key factors are explained to overcome cultural difference, logic inference and body language diversity.
This tutorial will highlight the subtitles of English awkwardness in a case-by-case approach based on excerpts of reviewed papers from submissions to various conferences. Corrections are made about the English errors, which happen more often than one would expect, even among reputable/experienced engineers. Reconstruction in more fluent American English style will also be demonstrated.
IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics 2017
The IEEE Council on RFID is hosting a technical track at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) 8-11 January 2017, in Las Vegas, NV, USA immediately following the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest exhibition of consumer technology in the world. Academic researchers and industry practitioners will present cutting-edge research and best practices in RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) as it applies to Consumer Electronics. The goal of the track is to exchange ideas among all interested parties thereby leading to advancement of RFID and Consumer Electronics.
IEEE RFID 2017 and IEEE RFID-TA 2017
The 11th CRFID conference will be co-located with RFID Journal Live! 2017 show in Phoenix, AZ, USA 9-11 May 2017.
In September 2017, IEEE RFID-TA 2017 will be in Warsaw, Poland. We will post more information as it is firmed up on both these conferences.
Collection of IEEE RFID Best 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IEEE Journal of RFID
by Larry Zhang Nvidia, Editor in Chief
CALL FOR PAPERS
The IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (J-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:
Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished work on RFID. We consider both brief papers (five pages) and regular length 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 of 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 EIC-JRFID@ieee-rfid.org.
CRFID Member Societies
In 2017, we will welcome the Components Packaging Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) as a member Society of CRFID. Although the memorandum of understanding has been signed, we will wait until 2017 to appoint a representative from CPMT to CRFID's Adcom.
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