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IEEE Committee on RFID Newsletter
 October 2016
In this issue
  • From the Editor
  • From the President
  • 2017 CRFID President-Elect
  • SSCS CRFID Representative
  • Singapore IEEE RFID Chapter Kick-Off
  • IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
  • Partnership with the RAIN Alliance
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Collection of IEEE RFID Best Papers
  • IEEE Journal of RFID
  • Member Society Representatives
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IEEE RFID Virtual Journal
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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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From the Editor
by Shashikant Patil, Editor in Chief, CRFID Newsletter

It gives me great pleasure to present the new issue of the IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) Newsletter which includes details of activities held during the past few months. Our goal is to create a new forum for exchange of information on all aspects of RFID Technology. The future scope of the CRFID newsletter is open to your suggestions. I encourage you to submit short communications and balanced opinions in the general area of RFID.

We want to keep you informed of upcoming events organized by the Council and to give you inside stories on the development strategies and directions, as well as introduce our new members to you. The success of this enterprise depends on your proactive and positive response. Even though we take every care and effort to publish all the reports that we receive but some time due to certain constraints, we are not able to publish all of them. This should not deter the spirit of our members in contributing news or activities. Please continue sending the activity reports as before. It will be exciting to see how the CRFID movement responds to the many opportunities and challenges it will face over the next decade. There is no doubt the journey will be interesting. I hope you find CRFID a welcome companion along the way. This has been a very exciting and fulfilling first year. Thank you for trusting CRFID, and we hope to see you soon. Let me close by again offering my sincere thanks for everyone's support of the Newsletter during the past year and by extending my best for your future research endeavors.

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

After ten days away from my home in the Washington Metro area, I am watching the fall leaves turn orange and yellow, while I reflect on my tour to Singapore, Macau and Shunde, China.

My visit to both city-states was to celebrate our CRFID friends' active involvement in the Council. In Singapore, Prof. Zhining Chen and I met at his office in the National University of Singapore. Zhining is CRFID's Vice President Member Services. I congratulated him on forming the first CRFID Chapter and taking on the chair role (see his report on the rollout Chapter meeting later in this newsletter). Active in the Antennas and Propagation Society, I applauded Zhining too on enticing the society's flagship conference to Singapore in 2021.

I next met with the Singapore Section CRFID Chapter's Vice Chair, Anna Lau, who works for Invengo, China's largest RFID (primarily readers) manufacturer. She and I met with their Director of Retail Marketing, Edward Lu, who briefed me on Invengo's status, a company that I had previously visited in China in 2010. Its growth has been phenomenal. They are a member of the RAIN Alliance, with whom we are partnering on the Educational Mega-Challenge featured in this newsletter.

Professor Zhining Chen receiving recognition from Emily Sopensky for forming the first CRFID Chapter

Emily Sopensky and Professor Kam Weng Tam and answer questions at University of Macau CEO Leadership monthly program.

Johnny Keng-Weng Lao, Amy Hongxu and Tom Lee from the University of Macau, show me the sights in Macau.
Following my visits to Singapore and Macau, and escorted by first year doctoral students Amy Hongxu and Tom Lee, we drove to the border and crossed into China to attend the IEEE RFID-TA 2016 conference in Shunde, Guangdong, People's Republic of China.

General Chair, L Richard Carley, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University presided with the able assistance of hosts from Sun Yat Sen University-Joint Research Institute, JRI Director Hong-Zhou Tan and Principal Investigator (and TA 2016 TPC Chair) Andrey Andrenko. SYSU and CMU established JRI several years ago to provide a dual-degree program in Shunde and Pittsburgh.

Professor Rick Carley

Sopensky, Carley and Andrey Andrenko, RFID-TA 2016 Technical Program Committee Chair and JRI Principal Investigator

SYSU Professor Hong-Zhou Tan, key organizer of the RFID-TA series and RFID-TA 2016 Technical Program Committee Co-Chair

During the Plenary program, Professor Shahriar Mrabbasi, CRFID VP Publications, organized an excellent program for prospective authors of peer reviewed papers. Our thanks to RFID-TA 2016 patron Embisphere’s Jason Liang for giving us the latest in RFID in Retail. CRFID representative from Consumer Electronics Society, Narisa Chu, gave insight to authors where English is a second language. Because her talk was shortened, she offered to meet one-on-one with would-be authors. She was a hit!

Shahriar Mirabbasi, CRFID
Vice President

Jason Liang, Emphisphere

Narisa Chu

Dr. Carley recognized all who participated in the Student Best Paper Award competition. He made the Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards to the following:
RFID-TA 2016 Best Paper Award

"The effects of single bit quantization on direction of arrival estimation of UHF RFID tags"

Jordy Huiting, André B.J. Kokkeler
Gerard J.M. Smit

Dept of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente, Enschede

RFID-TA 2016 Best Student Paper Award

"Differential Topology Rectifier Design for Ambient Wireless Energy Harvesting"

Miaowang Zeng

School of Electronics and Information Technology
Sun Yat-sen University, No. 132 Waihuan East Rd., Panyu, Guangz

Andrey S. Andrenko, Xianluo Liu, Bo Zhu, Zihong Li and Hong-Zhou Tan
SYSU-CMU Shunde International Joint Research Institute, Shunde, Guangdong, China

I then recognized the conference organizers for their extraordinary efforts in making the conference a very special return home to where the very first RFID-TA was held in 2010.

During my trip, I was encouraged by the prospects in these three cities for applicants to the CRFID Educational Mega-Challenge. In this newsletter, please review the details for this challenge that focuses on Smart Cities, a topic receiving a lot of attention around the world.

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

Emily Sopensky

IEEE CRFID Adcom Selects 2017 President-Elect

At the summer conference call meeting of the Council on RFID, members voted Dr. Gisele Bennett as the CRFID's 2017 President-Elect. In 2018 she will assume the responsibilities and title as President of the Council.

"We are extremely pleased that Gisele has agreed to continue the fine traditions of the Council and its predecessor the Technical Committee on RFID," says Emily Sopensky, President, CRFID. "We welcome her not only for her tremendous expertise and knowledge in RFID fields of study at Georgia Tech, but also as friend and colleague."

Dr. Bennett comes to CRFID as the Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Interaction, Regents' Researcher, University System of Georgia, Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics, Georgia Tech Research Institute and Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Tech.

Currently, Dr. Bennett serves as the Council's Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President Finance.

Meet CRFID's New SSCS Representative

Gernot Hueber joins CRFID representing the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS).

SSCS president Jan Van Der Spiegel appointed members Jeff Walling (voting member) and Gernot Hueber (alternate member) to the Council on RFID.

Gernot Hueber received his Masters in Mechatronics and the Dr. Technology degree (Ph.D.) from the Johannes-Kepler University Linz, Austria, in 2000 and 2006, respectively. In 2011, Dr. Hueber joined NXP Semiconductors Austria where he is system architect for NFC controller products. From 2006 to 2011 he was with DICE GmbH&Co KG, as subsidiary of Infineon Technologies, where he is managed the RF Innovations group conducting the research on wireless circuits and system for cellular transceivers. From 2000 to 2006, he was with the Research Institute for Integrated Circuits (RIIC), where he investigated RF front-ends for multimode cellular terminals.

His research interests include the design of radio frequency integrated circuits for communications applications with a focus on software- defined radio, advanced RF architectures, digital enhanced analog/RF, adaptive digital signal processing, and optimization techniques.

Dr. Hueber has published book publications, more than 80 journal and conference publications, work-shop presentations, and patents. Dr. Hueber was awarded the Talent för derungsprämie 2007 from the Upper Austrian Government and the IEEEfCOM Award 2007. In 2008, he formed the IEEE Austria Circuits and Systems/Solid State Circuits Joint Chapter.

Singapore IEEE RFID Chapter Kick-Off Meeting

IEEE CRFID Singapore Chapter organized a kick-off seminar on 21st July 2016. The seminar was co-organized by IEEE Singapore IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) and IEEE Antennas and Propagation (AP) Chapters.

Highlights of the Meeting:

3:00pm - 3:30pm
The host introduces the seminar, Chapter Chair Prof. Chen Zhi Ning shared the story of the creation of the IEEE RFID Singapore Chapter and introduced the chairs and committee members. He also shared the address as the VP of member service.

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Prof. Chen Zhi Ning gave an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer talk titled "Advanced Antennas for RFID Tags and Readers."

Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology are being rapidly developed in recent years and the applications have been widely found in Internet of Things (IoT) such as service industries, distribution logistics, manufacturing companies, and product-flow systems. Antenna design for readers and tags is one of the key factors in RFID systems. The optimized tag and reader antenna design will greatly benefit to RFID systems with longer reading range, better detection accuracy, lower fabrication cost, and simple system configuration and implementation. This talk will start with a brief introduction to RFID systems which may be active, passive, or semi-active systems, and operate at LF, HF, UHF, or MW bands. Then the key considerations related to the antenna design for tags and readers will be addressed from system perspectives. After that, the advancement of RFID antenna designs by the team from Institute for Infocomm Research/Singapore National University of Singapore will highlight specific challenges for antennas in the HF near-field and UHF near/far-field systems. In particular, important engineering factors such as environmental effects vs. co-design methodology, size constraints, cost constraints, and UHF near-field reader antenna coverage will be presented with corresponding practical design cases.

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Lau Pui Yi (Anna) gave a talk titled "RFID industry."

Abstract: A ubiquitous icon in this information era, radio frequency identification (RFID) is a natural extension of the barcode system. From industry point of view, what's the future of RFID? Especially the adoption of RFID system in the retail business such as food chain, department stores, libraries, etc will be presented. How an IoT smart platform can help in the factory/manufacturing/ware house/institution/laboratory? When our mobile phone can be used as UHF RFID reader?

5:00pm Networking session

The kick-off seminar was successfully organized. It built a platform to make academic and industry people in RFID area sit together to exchange views from their different aspects. The attendees were from industry, academic, research institutes and junior college students, including committee members. In the question and answer session, the attendees from industry expressed their interest to be more involved in Chapter activities. The attendees from the Singapore National Library enjoyed the IEEE distinguished talk by Prof. Chen and were glad to learn about RFID antenna-related issues. With future plans to update the national library RFID system they showed great interest to Dr. Lau's talk. They are glad to gain RFID knowledge in both academic and industry applications, hoping that the Chapter will have more activities on RFID for student education and competitions.

Thanks are also extended to the Invengo Group International Headquarter in Singapore, who sponsored the refreshments. With the mix of industry and academic research in RFID and with this successful start, we look forward to more exciting Chapter activities and talks are in the future.

IEEE RFID Virtual Journal

The IEEE RFID Virtual Journal has a new editor in chief, Peter Hawrylak. He is an assistant professor 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 Catalog. It is included with membership from 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, or 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, or 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 RFIDJournal Live! trade floor for the entire duration of the conference
Important Dates:
  • Paper and note submissions due: 21 December 2016
  • Workshop proposals due: 27 January 2017
  • Paper and note 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 businessmen 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.

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 RFID

by Larry Zhang Nvidia, Editor in Chief


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:
  • 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 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

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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