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IEEE Committee on RFID Newsletter
 July 2017
In this issue
  • From the Editor
  • Meet Our New President
  • From the President
  • Formation of New Chapter
  • Distinguished Lecturer Program
  • Partnership with the RAIN Alliance
  • IEEE RFID 2017 Best Paper Award Recipient
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • IEEE Journal of RFID
  • CRFID Member Societies
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From the Editor
by Shashikant Patil, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter
It has been my great pleasure working with the IEEE Council on RFID and I welcome you all to the third issue of the 2017 IEEE CRFID Newsletter. It provides details of our activities held during past few months. I also take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate our new President Gisele Bennett who will carry the vision and heritage left by Past President Emily Sopensky. We are wishing you a smooth transition and CRFID is eager to embrace your leadership.

Please feel free to provide feedback and send pertinent information with photos for us to include in future issues.

Meet our New President

Dr. Gisele Bennett is a Regents' Researcher, an Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Integration, and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She is the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). She founded the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC), a multi-disciplinary center at the Georgia Tech. She is a Fellow in the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics), a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and is on the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) RFID Experts Advisory Group (REG). She holds officer positions in OSA and IEEE and serves in a variety of professional activities. She has been a topical and is now a feature editor for Applied Optics, a feature editor for Optical Engineering, and an associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, and is a visiting lecturer for SPIE and OSA. She has over 130 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports, and workshops. Her research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence and wave propagation, RFID and secure supply chain technologies. She holds patents on integrated sensor radio frequency identification (ISRFID) with location and container security devices, has numerous patents pending, and a copyright on a computer model for wave propagation through the atmosphere.

Message from our President
by Gisele Bennett, President, IEEE Council on RFID

I would like to begin my first article as the CRFID President by acknowledging the dedication and vision that our Past President Emily Sopensky put into the formation of CRFID. Although I worked closely with Emily the last year in my role as Secretary/Treasurer, I had no idea the amount of work and attention to detail that is needed in the role of President. I can only hope to continue the tradition that Emily and others have set to grow and lead the way for CRFID. This message will be brief but I would like to highlight the successfully completion our annual IEEE RFID Conference. This was the 11th conference for IEEE on RFID. Some items to note from the conference include:
  • The addition of four new patron sponsors
  • The introduction of a MegaChallenge on the use of RFID for a smart city

    • Ten entries from around the world with four finalists from:
      • Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
      • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
      • University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
      • University of Macau, Macau, China

  • A special thank you to our finalist judges, Emily Sopensky, Steve Halliday (President, RAIN RFID Alliance), and Chuck Evanhoe (Chairman of AIM Board of Directors and CEO of Aware Innovations).

  • Congratulations to University of Macau for the winning entry

  • Congratulations to Dr. Pavel Nikitin, Honeywell senior engineer, recognized 10 May for his paper "Self-Reconfigurable RFID Reader Antenna."

  • Best Poster Award was divided into two categories, one chosen by judges and the other through a popular vote by attendees.

    The popular vote winner was "Environmental and Commercial Impact of City-Wide Reusable Food Container System," by Austin Lynch, Jessica Chao, Zachary Ho, Steven Johnson, Jonathan Terry, Isaac Williams, Tali Freed, and Daniel Dobkin from Cal Poly SLO.

    The judges choice for the best poster award was "A Dual-Band Wireless Power Transfer and Backscatter Communication Approach for Implantable Neuroprosthetic Devices" by Eleftherios Kampianakis, Apoorva Sharma, Jose Arenas, and Matthew Reynolds from University of Washington.

  • A special recognition was given to the founders and dedicated committee members of the IEEE RFID Conferences: Emily Sopensky, Merrily Hartmann, and Paul Hartmann. The past and current organizing committee members recognized these individuals for their contributions to the IEEE RFID Conferences. Emily Sopensky was present to accept her award. I would also like to thank all the past committee members for their passion and hours of volunteer time to make all our conferences a success.

I would like to encourage all of you who are interested in getting involved with CRFID to please reach out to us.
Formation of the IEEE Kerala Section Council on RFID Chapter

The IEEE Kerala section has been very active since its formation. The section now has an IEEE Computer Society Chapter, an IEEE Power Engineering Society Chapter and a joint Chapter with IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics and Communication Societies. Two affinity groups called IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE Women in Engineering are running under this section. Student branches have been established in 56 engineering colleges. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Department and IEEE officials has given approval to form the IEEE Kerala Section Council on RFID Chapter. It was approved 15 March 2017 and the geocode is CH10806. The chair is Mr. Jithin Krishnan who is Scientist/Engineer in Division of Medical Instrumentation, Biomedical Technology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India. Kerala is the third chapter approved for CRFID.

CRFID now has following Chapters with these Chairs:
  • Macau: Kam Weng Tam
  • Singapore: Chen Zhi Ning
  • Kerala: Jithin Krishnan
Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP)

The following DLPs were organized at various locations in early 2017:
  • DL talk 30 Mar 2017, IEEE Micorwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) chapter, University of Pisa, Italy
    Apostolos Georgiadis gave a DL talk at the University of Pisa, hosted by Prof. Paolo Nepa and the MTT-S student branch. The talk was excellent. During his visit Mr. Georgiadis was able to meet with students and faculty and also discussed the organization of RFID-TA 2019.

  • DL talk 10 May 2017, IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society Phoenix Chapter
    Prof. Richard Carley gave a talk in Phoenix, AZ, USA on "Challenges and Approaches to Inductively Powering Integrated Passive Single-Chip RFID/Sensor Systems."

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 1990s, 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.

IEEE RFID 2017 Best Paper Award Recipient

Dr. Pavel Nikitin, a senior engineer with Honeywell, is the recipient of the Best Paper Award for the IEEE RFID 2017 technical conference co-located with RFID Journal Live! 2017.

The paper entitled, "Self-Reconfigurable RFID Reader Antenna" presents a simple, but novel approach to employing a 900 MHz antenna to switch between two distinct beams without manual reconfiguration.

Dr. Nikitin was presented with the IEEE RFID 2017 Best Paper Award by Jeff Pine, VP of Strategy & Product Management, JADAK/ThingMagic.

"We're proud to continue the ThingMagic tradition of sponsoring the Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID. Only a quarter to a half of all papers submitted are even accepted, so receiving the Best Paper award makes this both competitive and prestigious. Congratulations to this year's winner. As a market leader providing advanced technology and products and engineering expertise in the embedded HF and UHF RFID market, JADAK is honored to support the IEEE Council on RFID and all of the contributors." said Janie Goddard, President of JADAK.

"We congratulate Dr. Nikitin on a superb paper, and we want to acknowledge the dedication and passion of our attendees, authors, speakers, co-chairs, and volunteers," said IEEE CRFID President Gisele Bennett, Associate VP for Research for faculty integration at Georgia Tech, USA.

CRFID Conference Information

IEEE CRFID Administrative Committee (ADCOM) Meeting

IEEE CRFID ADCOM completed its annual face to face meeting at the end of the 11th annual IEEE RFID 2017 Conference, 11-12 May 2017 in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Topics covered included the approval of the Internet of Things technical committee and Smart Materials committee. We are excited about future conferences that CRFID will be involved with in the coming years. We received creative inputs on topics to be included in the IEEE Journal of RFID and IEEE RFID Virtual Journal.

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

Registration is now open!

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 8th 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
The program includes:
  • Lectures by experts
  • Debates and thematic sessions
  • Exhibition
  • Workshops
  • Conference dinner
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.

Registration is now open!

IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID)

The IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID) is a newly established IEEE Journal, launched in 2017, under the leadership of Dr. Larry Zhang as an Editor in Chief. It 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.

Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished work on RFID. We consider both brief papers (less than five pages) and regular length articles. Acceptance shall be based on the peer reviews from the editors and the selected reviewers. This is a quarterly journal.

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