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IEEE Committee on RFID Newsletter
 January 2017
In this issue
  • From the Editor
  • From the President
  • Online Process for Geographic Unit Formations
  • Call for Papers
  • IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
  • Partnership with the RAIN Alliance
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • RFID Distinguished Lecturer Program
  • IEEE Kerala Young Professionals
  • Collection of IEEE RFID Best Papers
  • IEEE Journal of RFID
  • Member Society Representatives
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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.

Educational MegaChallenge 2017
To engage and interest undergraduates, graduate students, and their advisors, the IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) is offering the Educational Mega-Challenge competition that addresses real-world problems and is open to any accredited, degree-program educational institution and must be composed of teams with at least one IEEE Student member and at least one advisor who is an IEEE member.

The 2017 challenge is on Smart Cities. For more about the partnership, please visit our website.

The deadline for submission is 31 January 2017.

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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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

We are very pleased to take this opportunity to wish our readership, members of the CRFID Team, officers and staff of the CRFID and IEEE, a very Happy New Year. We would like to express our gratitude to our contributing readership and editorial advisers for their valuable contributions to the success of IEEE CRFID Newsletter.

This issue marks the eighth issue of IEEE CRFID Newsletter and the first issue of 2017. We are working hard to keep improving the impact and quality of newsletter. We will continue to promote creativity and innovation and welcome contributions of excellent articles and news for the newsletter.

The editorial team and all those involved are determined to maintain and enhance the status of the newsletter, but we believe that this can only be achieved with the continued cooperation of our contributors worldwide. The team believes that the key to success depends on the equal partnership we have with the contributors. We promise to improve and promote the role of this partnership and look forward to your valued contributions to the newsletter. We wish you peace, goodwill and happiness, and offer our commitment to provide for you, our readers, an even better product in the new year.

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

We have had an extraordinary year - our first full year as a new IEEE Council. Yet, we celebrated a decade of conferences. What a paradox!

As a Council, our members are Societies. We are proud that we have 15 member Societies, including one that joins officially in 2017. IEEE Components, Packaging, Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) is, for obvious reasons, a natural fit. RFID impacts and is engaged by many practices. That makes the CRFID a wonderfully diverse and interesting organization. Hope you agree.

In 2016, we mourned the loss of one of our founding leaders, Bill Gruver. Longtime CRFID volunteers Merrily and Paul Hartmann retired. We continue to miss their cheerful efficiency and knowledge of RFID.

We welcomed new members to the AdCom who have graciously taken on activities that they are now managing. For a Council whose origins are primarily from industry, we are delighted that many of our volunteers are coming from academia. Jorge Fernandes now chairs the Distinguished Lecturer program. Prof. Gisele Bennett is not only General Chair of the IEEE RFID 2017, but also our President-Elect. Prof. Kam Weng Tam has agreed to run a survey on RFID in academic institutions. Prof. Rick Carley chaired our TA 2016 conference in Shunde, China. Narisa Chu was magnificent at RFID-TA 2016, giving any who wanted lessons in English as a second language and skills for getting papers accepted. She was swamped with requests. We selected Larry Zhang as the Editor in Chief (EiC) for our IEEE Journal on RFID debuting in 2017. Dr. Gaozhi (George) Xiao is our able Deputy EiC. Prof. Shashikant Patil volunteered to commandeer the CRFID newsletter. Prof. Peter Hawyrlak is our new EiC for the IEEE RFID Virtual Journal. Prof. Alessandra Costanzo chairs the Journal on RFID Steering Committee. Prof. Katina Michael is organizing an Ignite It session for Sections Congress 2017 which will be held in her home country of Australia for the first time.

Since January 2016, our RFID member list has grown from 2300 to 4500-not too shabby. Our LinkedIn membership is 650. Boosting that number as well as Facebook and Twitter are 2017 goals.

We are excited about the upcoming Educational Mega-Challenge focused on Smart Cities. Please see the Call for Proposals in the newsletter. Still time to make the 31 January 2017 deadline!

My many thanks to all for a very enlightening trip. My warm thanks to all the conference organizers.

New Online Process for Geographic Unit Formations

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) is excited to announce a new online petition form for forming new Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Branch Affinity Groups. Access the online petition. The above link also provides more information about IEEE geographic unit formation policies and petitions, including links to the petition forms for forming Councils, Sections, and Subsections.

In accordance with the actions of the IEEE MGA Board, there are specific guidelines to follow when forming an IEEE geographic unit. Information about forming a geographic unit can be found in Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual.

IEEE local geographic organizational units provide unique opportunities for members to attend technical presentations, create strong peer-to-peer connections, and participate in leadership opportunities that can make a positive distinction in IEEE members' jobs and careers.

Email IEEE staff at with questions about the new online form or geographic unit formation policies and processes.

Call for Papers - IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE)

WiSEE 2017 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 poster abstracts (three pages) are being sought that address solutions 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. The paper submission deadline is 1 July 2017. For more info visit our website.

IEEE RFID Virtual Journal

The IEEE RFID Virtual Journal has a new editor in chief, Peter Hawrylak. He is an assistant Prof. at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA. The Summer/Fall combined issue will discuss the Best of the Best Papers of IEEE CRFID conferences for the past 10 years. For a subscription to the IEEE RFID Virtual Journal visit the IEEE Membership and Subscriptions Catalog. It is included with membership in the CRFID member Societies. To become an associte editor or guest editor, contact Dr. Hawrylak at

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.

  • Are either attached to or embedded in items
  • Store and send information
  • Thousands can be identified simultaneously and do not have to be visible
RAIN RFID Readers:
  • Have antenna(s) for either short or long range communication
  • Can be small and portable, larger and installed, or embedded in other devices
RAIN RFID Software Applications:
  • Identify - Locate - Authenticate - Engage
  • Use the tags and readers to create, collect, and use the item's data - locally, on a server, or on a cloud
  • Authentication starts with the origin and history of each item
  • Engage can involve sensors, or other means of interacting with the item

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.

The conference is seeking original, high-impact research submissions on RFID-related topics:
  • Papers: significant contributions to research and practice in all aspects of RFID
  • Notes: brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy
  • Posters: RFID-related technical work. Presented on the RFID Journal Live! trade floor for the entire duration of the conference
Important Dates:
  • Workshop proposals due: 27 January 2017
  • Paper notifications of acceptance: 27 February 2017
  • Poster submissions due: 5 March 2017
  • Poster notifications of acceptance: 13 March 2017
  • All publication-ready versions due: 31 March 2017

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) providing:
  • 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
We will post more information as it is firmed up on both these conferences.

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.
IEEE Kerala Young Professionals - An Introduction

IEEE Young Professionals (YP) is an international community of enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative members and volunteers. The Kerala YP team has made revolutionary contributions to the growth of IEEE YPs in Kerala and has consistently strived to empower YP activities in India and South Asia by collaborating with fellow affinity groups in Region 10. We are pleased to share a roundup of some of the featured activities from 2016.

General Body Meeting
The 2016 First General Body Meeting of IEEE Kerala Young Professionals was conducted on 31 January to declare the new executive committee and to plan the activities of 2016. Volunteers from Trivandrum and Malabar joined via Skype. The new Chair, Mr. Shahim Baker gave a brief history on Kerala Young Professionals. The executive committee for the year 2016 was announced and it was followed by a talk on volunteer role responsibilities by Mr. Ranjit R. Nair. Working Groups were formed to facilitate industrial collaboration. The focus is placed on technical activities along with self-development programs for the volunteers. The activities for 2016 were discussed and charted.

Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (STEP) Program
Transition from a student to professional does not happen quickly, but proper training and guidance makes it easier. The kickoff version of STEP 2016 was done by Ms. Mini Ulanat, Chair, IEEE Kochi Subsection. Mr. Shahim Baker, Chair, IEEE Kerala YP, introduced Kerala YP to the participants and was followed by a talk on "Ascension of Personal Branding" by Mr. Bibin Parukoor Thomas, Vice Chair, IEEE Kerala YP. The afternoon session started with a managerial workshop by Mr. Suncy Varghese, Elateminds. An open forum with the volunteers of Kerala YP helped the participants interact more with the vibrant team and gave them a wider picture of the active group.

Kerala Young Professionals MeetUp
Kerala YP held a Monsoon MeetUp on 24 July at Kumarakom. This one day program included visit to bird sanctuary followed by interaction with Senior Members of Kerala YP. Active participation from volunteers made the event interactive and enthusiastic. Further activities were discussed and experiences were shared.

The main objective of this program was to provide placement training for the final year students in colleges where training is not provided. The two day program aimed at professional grooming and was conducted in association with IEEE Kochi Subsection at MES College of Engineering. The event had participation of 220 students and included sessions on creating a resume, corporate etiquette, social media profile organization along with interview training and mock interviews.

Talk on Management Studies
A talk on Management Studies was conducted at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. The workshop was organized in association with the IAS Student Chapter and IEEE Malabar Subsection. The talk was given by Mr. Sreevas Sahasranamam, Doctoral Student in Strategic Management, IIM Calicut and Volunteer, Kerala YP. He spoke about the link between technical knowledge and management skills. He also explained about current management incentives at corporate level and role of management studies in modern society.

Liberating Minds - Learning Latest Technologies
The educational outreach program for pre-university students was conducted in two phases - hands on workshop on Raspberry Pi and assistive technology workshop on Prosthetics and Orthotics and Career Guidance for differentially abled students. Raspberry Pi workshop was conducted in association with Kerala Startup Mission. Mr. Shahul Hameed spoke about the importance on technology education. Mr. Thomas Sabu and Mr. Michael Thomas handled the workshop. 18 students from three schools participated. The assistive technology workshop on "Prosthetics and Orthotics and Career Guidance" was conducted at Government UP School, Trivandrum with support from Kerala Social Security Mission and Mobility India Foundation, Bangalore. 25 differently abled pre-university students and their parents were part of the program.

Young Professionals MeetUp
Young Professionals MeetUp, focused on building a strong professional network among the participants, was conducted during ISTAS. The program theme was "Disruptive Technologies, Ethics and Global Development" and aimed to create an arena for participants to acquire, share and enhance technical knowledge. The MeetUp included a panel discussion, a session on "Societal Activities" and a Banquet Dinner. Participants included professionals from various fields having a common interest towards learning new technologies. The informal gathering witnessed experience sharing by professionals which will help other industrialists in their professional development.

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

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 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

CRFID Member Societies

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

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