April 30 to May 2, 2007
Orlando, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
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Industry-Specific Tracks
Retail/CPG Retail/CPG
Health Care/Pharma Health Care/Pharma
Defense/Aerospace Defense/Aerospace
Manufacturing Manufacturing
Transportation/Logistics Transportation/Logistics
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Getting Started Getting Started
How to Deploy How to Deploy RFID
Executive Strategy Executive Strategy
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RFID Academic Convocation

RFID Journal LIVE! 2007 features eight preconference seminars providing in-depth information on specific aspects of RFID. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through the Conference + Preconference Pass or the Preconference Seminar + Exhibit-Only Pass.

The convocation is hosted by the Auto-ID Labs at MIT and is led by a conference committee consisting of RFID research directors responsible for the academic integrity of the RFID Academic Convocation proceeding separate from RFID Journal LIVE!. It is a unique opportunity to learn what research is happening around the world, and to participate in the process of road-mapping future research projects.

The organizers welcome submissions from researchers. Please send papers to: rfidconvocation@mit.edu.


Spacer Identify specific industry issues requiring a coordinated research response
  Define the underlying core technology research areas required to address these issues
  Continue the technology road-mapping process

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introductions
  Stephen Miles, MIT
  Mark Roberti, RFID Live!
8:45 – 10:45 Transforming the healthcare supply chain – business requirements
  Bill Hardgrave, Ph.D., Director, The RFID Research Center. University of Arkansas
  Ron Bone, Senior Vice President Distribution Planning, McKesson Corp. "ePedigree Regulatory Update"
  Leslie Hand, Director, Global RFID Strategy, Ahold USA, "Pilot Learnings, HLS Supply Chain"
  Mike Rose, Vice President RFID/EPC Global Value Chain, Johnson & Johnson, "HLS Research Requirements for RFID"
  Carolyn Walton, Vice President Information Systems, Wal-Mart, "HealthCare Supply Chain"
10:45 - 12:00 RFID research in healthcare
This session will provide a sample of current research in healthcare by representatives of leading organizations engaged in RFID research.
  Gisele Bennett, Ph.D. Director, Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center; Georgia Tech Research Institute/Georgia
  J.P. Emond, Ph.D. Director, Co-director; Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, University of Florida, Gainsville; "HF versus UHF in pharmaceutical supply chains."
  Ralph M. Herkert, Medical Device Test Center, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology; “Implantable Medical Device Testing to EAS Environments and Applying Lessons Learned to RFID Technologies.”
  Suneil K. Mandava, CEO Mobile Aspects, "Managing controlled substances in the hospital using HF RFID smart shelf technology."
  Marlin Mickle, Ph.D. Director, The RF Prototyping and Measurements Laboratory, University of Pittsburg; "The physics of RFID as they impact contrasting findings from Pharmaceutical Distribution Industry pilots. Mixed RFID infrastructure of HF and UHF, Near Field and Far Field options are explored."
  Seth Seidman, Electrical Engineer, Division of Physics, Office of Science and Engineering Labs, Center for Devices of Radiological Health FDA; "Electromagnetic Compatibility of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators Exposed to RFID Readers."
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 EPC Network Architecture –requirements
Sanjay Sarma, Ph.D. ,MIT
  Steve Georgevitch, Total Asset Visibility Manager, Advanced Logistics Support Systems, Boeing, "Stress analysis issues and methodology for EPC network constructs."
  Richard Wishart and representative(s) of the RFID sub-group of the Universal Postal Union as well as the Advanced Electronic Services User Group
  Representative from the HLS ePedigree Work Group
2:00 – 3:30
  Yanlei Deio, SPIRE: Scalable Processing of RFID Event Streams, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  Charles H.W. Edwards, Industry Fellow, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
  Noel Greis, Ph.D, Director, Center for Logistics and Global Strategy, “Maximizing the Value of Information in RFID-Enabled Supply Chains and Minimizing Aircraft On Ground (AOG),” Department of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM), University of North Carolina
  Reiner Jedermann, Ph.D,  “Semi-passive RFID and beyond steps towards automated quality tracing in the food chain,” Institut für Mikrosensoren, University of Bremen
  Min-Der Ko, A Wireless Sensor Network Application for Management on Marine Cold Chain, Department of Transportation and Navigation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University
  Dieter Uckelmann Ph.D, New Approaches to Real-time Location Systems in Automotive and Manufacturing, LogDynamics Lab, University of Bremen
  John Williams, Ph.D. Director Auto-ID Labs at MIT, "Building an EPC Network simulator to support HLS ePedigree scenarios; research issues in Entitlement, Track and Trace and Discovery."
3:30 – 3:45 Coffee Break
3:45 – 4:45 RFID Tag Research embedded intelligent devices including telemetry & (RTLS).

  Tom Cain, Executive Director, Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence, University of Pittsburg
  Robb Clarke, Ph.D, "Radio Frequency Transponder Testing for Improved Data Collection and Process Control.” School of Packaging, Michigan State University
  Ed Dzwill, "MSU Business Case Project," J&J Global, Pharmaceutical Sourcing Group, representative GS1 HUG (Healthcare Users Group)
  Diego Klabjan, Ph.D, Radio Frequency Identification Enabled Business Applications in Supply Chain Management, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Mike Burmester, Ph.D, Department of Computer Science, Florida State University, "RFID Security: Attacks, Countermeasures and Challenges."
  Chih-Chuan Yen, Radar Cross Section Analysis of Backscattering RFID Tags, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,  University of Wisconsin-Madison
4:45 – 5:15 Concluding Panel
  Sanjay Sarma, Ph.D., MIT
  Ron Bone, Senior Vice President Distribution Planning, McKesson Corp.
  Ed Dzwill, J&J Global, Pharmaceutical Sourcing Group, representative GS1 HUG (Healthcare Users Group)
  Steve Georgevitch, Total Asset Visibility Manager, Advanced Logistics Support Systems, Boeing
  Mike Rose, Vice President RFID/EPC Global Value Chain, Johnson & Johnson
  Carolyn Walton, Vice President Information Systems, Wal-Mart
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Organizing Committee

Topic Committee Member/Session Leader
EPC Networking John Williams, Ph.D., Conference Committee Co-Chair; Director, Auto-ID Labs at MIT
Auto-ID-enabled Business Processes Stephen Miles, MS, Conference Committee Co-Chair; Research Engineer, Auto-ID Labs at MIT
Supply Chain Bill C. Hardgrave, Ph.D., Conference Committee Co-Chair; Director, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas
Smart Containers Gisele Bennett, Ph.D., Director, Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center; Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech
Sensor Interface Standardization Tom Cain, Ph. D., Radio Frequency Prototyping and Measurements Laboratory, University of Pittsburg
RFID Antenna Design Peter Cole, Ph.D., Director, Auto-ID Labs at the University of Adelaide
Cold Chain Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D., Co-director, Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, University of Florida
Anti-Counterfeiting Elgar Fleisch, Ph.D., Director, Auto-ID Labs at University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich
HLS Item-Level Tagging Marlin Mickle, Professor and Director, RFID Center of Excellence, University of Pittsburg
Aero-ID Duncan McFarlane, Ph.D., Director, Auto ID Labs at Cambridge University, United Kingdom
EPC Networking Jun Murai, Ph.D., Director, Auto-ID Labs at Keio Univeristy, Japan
Sensor Networks Sang-Gug Lee, Ph.D., Director, Auto-IDLabs at the Information and Communications University, South Korea
  Hao Min, Ph.D., Director, AutoID Labs at Fudan University, China
  Mark Roberti, Editor and Founder, RFID Journal
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Interested directors of RFID research labs are invited to apply to join the Conference Committee. Please send an e-mail to s_miles@mit.edu.

Registration Fees:
Academics, researchers and students wishing to attend the RFID Academic Convocation will receive a special rate of $300. End users and vendors will be charged the normal rate for the RFID Journal LIVE! preconference. Registration for the convocation can be bundled with the main RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition as part of a Conference Pass Plus Preconference.

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