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IEEE Conference on RFID

RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 is offering yet another programming opportunity through IEEE, the world’s largest technical society. IEEE RFID 2008 is the second in a series of annual conferences dedicated to addressing the technical and policy challenges in the areas of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, their supporting large-scale distributed information systems, and their applications.

IEEE RFID 2008 Executive Committee
Emily Sopensky Emily Sopensky
General Chair
Paul Hartmann Paul Hartmann
General Vice Chair
Daniel Engels Daniel Engels
Program Chair

The 2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID—co-located with RFID Journal Live! 2008— is attracting leading researchers, developers, integrators, and visionaries to discuss and expand their knowledge of technologies, systems, networks, algorithms, and applications of RF-based wireless communications and identification systems.

IEEE RFID 2008 is the second annual conference dedicated to addressing the technical and policy challenges in the areas of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, their supporting large-scale distributed information systems, and their applications.

The conference feature keynote speeches from leading visionaries, presentations of groundbreaking technology advances and panel discussions on pressing topics.

  • April 16 Keynote Speaker: James T. Farricker, Senior Technical Fellow & Chief Engineer, The Boeing Company, "Boeing's RFID Unfolding Story — From Manufacturing to Maintenance."
  • April 16 Luncheon Speaker: Anthony T. "Buzz" Cerino, RFID and transportation security systems and operations consultant, "The Flight & Fight for International Standard RFID Baggage Tagging".
  • April 17 Symposium Panel: "RFID Technology for Transportation Security Logistics," featuring experts from LTM, I.D. Systems, McCarran International Airport, Shipcom Wireless, and consultants with knowledge of RFID transportation activity in FAA, TSA, IATA, EPCglobal.
  • April 17 Symposium Panel and Roundtable on Careers in RFID, with industry experts, plus academic, IEEE and student leaders.
  • April 17 Luncheon Panel on “RFID in Casinos”

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. A Best Paper Award, sponsored by ODIN Technologies, Inc., will be awarded to the best technical paper accepted and presented at the conference.

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Download Technical Paper Abstracts here.
Wednesday, April 16 (Morning)

8:00 — 8:30 SPEAKER BRIEFING Veronese 2502
8:30 — 10:00 PLENARY Veronese 2502

Welcome & Introduction Emily Sopensky, General Chair, IEEE RFID 2008
Technical Program Overview Daniel Engels, Program Chair, IEEE RFID 2008
Featured Speaker Richard Kallop, RFID Business Development Manager, Lexmark
Kallop describes an affordable alternative combining RFID capability with laser printing technology and encoding EPC Gen 2 inlays embedded in label stock.
RFID Applications: A Case Study -- Beyond Discrete Tags
Introduction of Keynote Speaker Paul Hartmann, General Vice Chair, IEEE RFID 2008 RFID: A Diversity of Disciplines & Applications

Keynote Speaker James T. Farricker. Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company For parts control (just-in-time inventory, history, high value and limited-life asset management) and for work process efficiency, Farricker lays out the future direction of Boeing’s comprehensive RFID immersion, especially as it impacts the 787 Dreamliner. His talk is entitled: Boeing’s RFID Unfolding Story —From Manufacturing to Maintenance.

10:00 — 10:30 BREAK

Session 1A1:
Testing & Evaluation Systems and Results                           
(Veronese 2503)

Multi-Antenna RF Tag Measurement System Using Back-Scattered Spread Spectrum
Gregory Durgin, Anil Rohatgi, Georgia Tech

Automated Test System for ISO 18000-7– Active RFID
Peter J. Hawrylak, Ajay Ogirala, J.T. Cain, Marlin Mickle University of Pittsburgh

Feasibility Study of Surface Acoustic Wave RFID for Information Processing Asset Management
Byung You Song, Arunabh Chattopadhyay, Jae Yeol Lee, Rait Gadh, Junghoon Lee Seoul National University           
(South Korea)

Evaluation of RFID Performance for a Pharmaceutical Distribution Chain:
HF vs. UHF
Dilek Dagdelen Uysal, Jean-Pierre Emond, Daniel Engels University of Florida

Session 1A2:
Security I                        
(Veronese 2504)

An Efficient and Flexible Way to Protect Privacy in RFID Environment with Licenses
Shi-Cho Cha, Kuan-Ju Huang, Hsiang-Meng Chang, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology                                       

High-Assurance Avionics Multi-Domain RFID Processing System
Rainer Falk, Florian Kohlmayer, Andreas Koepf, Siemens AG; Mingyan Li, Boeing Phantom Works                                      

A Tamper Detection Method for RFID Tag Data
Akira Yamamoto, Shigeya Suzuki, Hisakazu Hada, Jin Mitsugi, Fumio Teraoka,
Osamu Nakamura, Keio University (Japan)

Design and Implementation of PUF- Based ‘Unclonable’ RFID ICs for Anti-Counterfeiting and Security Applications
Srinivas Devadas, M.I.T.; G. Edward Suh, Cornell Univ.; Sid Paral, Richard Sowell, Thomas Ziola, Vivek Khandelwal, Pufco Inc.

Session 1A3:
RuBee (IEEE P1902.1) in Action (Invited)
(Veronese 2505)

A panel of RuBee experts discusses applications for the DoD’s weapons visibility, RitzCarlton’s applications, healthcare tools, and other mobility solutions.

Moderator:  Peter Abell, VP Business Development, Visible Assets.

Dane Davis (Sig Sauer) Weapons Visibility Networks and Shot Counting.
Gary Dennis, (Trimble) Van-Based RuBee Asset Visibility in Mobile Networks: Process Free Mobile Asset Visibility with Driver Identity.
Herb Hauser (MidTown Technologies) What is RuBee Doing at the Ritz!
Joe Chwan Jr. (Snap-On Tools) RuBee- Enabled Mission Critical Tool Applications: A “Process Free” Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Prevention Network for Hand Tools.
John Stevens (Visible Assets) High Security RuBee: How the Physics of RuBee Can Block Tempest, Target and Eavesdropping Threats in Ultra High Security Applications.

12:00 — 13:30 LUNCH Veronese 2502

Keynote Speaker

Anthony “Buzz” Cerino. An independent security and systems consultant. Formerly communications lead, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Cerino relates the highs and lows of work on standardizing worldwide aviation RFID baggage tagging. He will share inside stories of more than a decade of sorting through candidate frequencies, air interface protocols and components to achieve consensus that meets the airline industry’s needs. Hear his prognosis for the ‘brotherhood’ established with EPCglobal, ISO, and the model for future IATA/ATA RFID standards.   His talk is entitled:
The Flight & Fight for International Standard RFID Baggage Tagging.


Wednesday, April 16 (Afternoon)

Session 1B1:
Antenna Theory & Design
(Veronese 2503)

A Compact Low Cost Planar Smart Antenna for RFID Reader at 900 MHz
Nemai Chandra Karmakar, Sushim Mukul Roy, Muhammad Saqib Ikram, Monash University                                          

A Printed Rampart-Line Antenna with a Dielectric Superstrate for UHF RFID Applications
Benjamin Braaten, Gregory Owen, Robert  Nelson, Cherish Bauser-Reich, Jacob Glower, North Dakota State U.; Dustin Vaselaar, Michael Reich, Aaron Reinholz, CNSE; Brian Morlock, Packet Digital LLC           

Compact Mobile RFID Antenna Design and Analysis Using Photonic-Assisted Vector Near-Field Characterization
Jeong-Jin Kang, Dong Seoul College; Dong-Joon Lee, Chia-Chu Chen, John F. Whitaker, U. Michigan; Edward J. Rothwell, Michigan State Univ.

Novel N - way Power Divider and Array Configuration for RFID Readers Operating at 5.8 GHz
Sushim Mukul Roy, Isaac Balbin, Nemai Chandra Karmakar, Monash University

Session 1B2:
Security II
(Veronese 2504)

EC-RAC (ECDLP Based Randomized Access Control): Provably Secure RFID Authentication Protocol
Yong Ki Lee, Ingrid Verbauwhede University of California Los Angeles; Lejla Batina, Katholieke Univ, Leuven

Aggregating Symmetric/Asymmetric Attestations
Huafei Zhu, Heng Mui Keng Terrace

Tamper Detection in RFID-Enabled Supply Chains Using Fragile Watermarking
ShuiHua Han, Xiamen University; Chao-Hsien Chu Pennsylvania State University

HB-MP+ Protocol: An Improvement on the HB-MP Protocol
Xuefei Leng, Keith Mayes, Konstantinos Markantonakis Royal Holloway, University of London

Session 1B3:
Distributed Management of RFID Intelligence (Invited) (Veronese 2504)

Discussion of works in progress on intelligent clients, local processing with a central database.

Daniel Engels, Christian Floerkemeier, William A. Gruver, Dilip B. Kotak

15:00 — 15:30 BREAK

Session 1C1:
Circuits and Architectures
(Veronese 2503)

Power and Energy Optimization of the Digital Core of a Gen2 Long Range Full Passive RFID Sensor Tag
Ibon Zalbide, Julia Vicario, Igone Velez, CEIT and Tecnun

Very High Efficiency 13.56 MHz RFID Input Stage Voltage Multipliers Based on Ultra Low Power MOS Diodes.
Geoffroy Gosset, Bertrand Rue, Denis Flandre Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve

High Data Rate RFID Tag/Reader Architecture Using Wireless Voltage Regulation
Nicholas Pillin, Norbert Joehl, Catherine Dehollain, Michel Declercq, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Hybrid Transformer-Based Adaptive RF Front End for UHF RFID Mobile Phone Readers
Pekka Pursula, Heikki Seppa
VTT Technical Research Centre         (Finland)

Session 1C2:
Localization and Tracking
(Veronese 2504)

Introducing a Micro-Wireless Architecture for Business Activity Sensing
Raj Bridgelall, Axcess International   

SLAM Algorithm for 2D Object Trajectory Tracking based on RFID Passive Tags
Po Yang, Wenyan Wu, Staffordshire University

SIP-RLTS: An RFID Location Tracking System Based on SIP
Zang Li, Chao-Hsien Chu, Wen Yao Pennsylvania State University              

Value of Sparse RFID Traceability Information in Asset Tracking During Migration Period
Tatsuya Inaba, Keio University             

Session 1C3:
RFID and Sensors in Industry (Invited)
(Veronese 2505)

A Ubiquitous Computing and Monitoring System (UCoMS) for Oil Platforms Management
Magdy Bayoumi
Center of Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette

U.S. Air Force RFID SCOUT Program
Kristin Hedger, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM)
Mark G. McDonald, Alien Technology

HF, UHF & Sensors
Jean-Pierre Emond, University of Florida

Thursday, April 17 (Morning)
8:30 — 10:00 SYMPOSIUM PANEL        
RFID Technology for Transportation Security Logistics (ILS)
Veronese 2502
Logistics is increasingly important in ensuring a security system’s success as a product. Increased competition in inventory control, speed-to-market (airport deployments), and maintenance put more emphasis on the efficiency of the enterprise. As a result, logistics information systems (ILS) is critical to profitability.
Moderator: Buzz Cerino
Overview and Evolution of RFID technology, and the IATA business model for RFID implementation.
Dave Bourgon, Airline Systems Manager, McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
Airport/Terminal Issues.
Ken Ehrman, President & COO of I.D. Systems, a Wireless Fleet Management System (WFMS) vendor.
Applications in Vehicle/Asset Geo Tracking.
John C. Shoemaker is President, Shipcom Wireless, a solutions provider serving many global markets. Bold New Options for Management: Integrated Hybrid RFID Solutions Development and Integration.

10:00 — 10:30 BREAK

10:30 — 12 noon SYMPOSIUM ROUNDTABLE    
Where Are The Jobs?
Veronese 2502
Moderator: Steven Cherry, Senior Associate Editor, IEEE SPECTRUM magazine
Industry Panel:

Loek d’Hont, VP Business Development, Mark IV Industries
Peter Kuzma, Vice President of Business Development, Thin Battery Technologies
Pedro Reyes, Associate Professor, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University
Craig Weakley, Technical Director, RCD Technology Inc.
Donna Wright, Vice President and General Manager, AIDC Solutions Group, NCR

IEEE Leaders:

Paul Hartmann, General Vice Chair, IEEE RFID 2008, is Vice President of Engineering for RF SAW, Inc. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, served on the Board of Governors of the Communications Society from 1998 to 2000, was Technical Program Chair for IEEE Globecom ‘89 and is a member of the Globecom/ICC Management and Strategy Committee (GIMS).
Elizabeth Johnston, engineering student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is IEEE Region 6 Student Representative.
Karen Panetta, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University, Medford, MA, is Chair of the IEEE WIEC (Women in Engineering Committee).
Ed Perkins, a 30-year veteran of the electronics industry, is 2008 Chair of the IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee. Perkins, who has been an IEEE volunteer for 25+ years, is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Past Chair of the Oregon Section, as well as Region 6 Membership Chair

12:00 — 13:00 LUNCH Veronese 2502

Luncheon Speaker

Russ Lefevre, President, IEEE-USA
The Evolution of RFID within IEEE


RFID in Casinos

Moderator: Harry Pappas, President & CEO, International RFID Business Association

Jim Grubbs, Security Supervisor and Training Coordinator, Caesar’s Palace
John M. Kendall, President & CEO, CHIPCO International
Jeff Markman, President, Positek RFID

Thursday, April 17 (Afternoon)

Session 2B1:
Collision Avoidance
(Veronese 2503)

Robust and Dynamic Bin Slotted Anti-Collision Algorithms in RFID System
Jae Sung Choi, Hyun Lee, Daniel Engels, Ramez Elmasri, University of Texas at Arlington

Speed Adjustment Algorithm for an RFID Reader and Conveyor Belt System Performing Dynamic Framed Slotted Aloha
Laurent Simon, Poompat Saengudomlert, Asian Institute of Technology; Urachada Ketprom, Nat. Elec & Comp. Tech. Ctr.

The Slotted-LBT: A RFID Reader Medium Access Scheme in Dense Reader Environments
Cheng-Hao Quan, Gil-Young Choi, Electronics  & Telecom Res. Inst.; Jin-Chul Choi, Chae-Woo Lee, Ajou University
(South Korea)

CDMA-based RFID Systems in Dense Scenarios: Concepts and Challenges
Christian Floerkemeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carlo Mutti,

Session 2B2:
System Deployment & Design
(Veronese 2504)

Shortest Travel Distance for Full Reads on Least RFID Friendly Carton Stacking Configuration Using Advance Design of Experiments Techniques and Gage Reproducibility and Repeatability
Edmund Chan Republic Polytechnic

An Overview of RFID System Interfaces and Reader Protocols
Christian Floerkemeier, Sanjay Sarma Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Comparative Analysis of RFID Adoption in Retail and Manufacturing Sectors
Mithu Bhattacharya, Chao-Hsien Chu, Tracy Mullen Pennsylvania State University

Improvements in Operational Distance in Passive HF RFID Transponder Systems
Christian Klapf, Albert Missoni, Wolfgang Pribyl, Graz University of Technology;
Günter Hofer, Gerald Holweg, Walter Kargl Infineon Tech. Graz

Session 2B3:
RFID and Sensors for Space and Harsh Environments (Invited)
(Veronese 2505)

Discussion of the use of RFID for asset tracking and RFID with sensors in the environments found in manned space craft, in testing facilities that simulate space environments, and for monitoring the condition or health of critical hardware systems under stressful environmental conditions.

Moderator:  Paul Hartmann, VP Engineering, RF SAW

Clinton Hartmann, President, RF SAW
RFID Asset Tracking on the International Space Station
Patrick Fink, NASA Johnson Space Center
RFID for NASA Ground Facilities and Planetary Habitats
Kurt Silvers, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
RFID Asset Health Monitoring – A Technology Coming of Age
Scott Hafermalz, NASA Johnson Space Center
RFID Sensors in the Inflatable Habitat Field Demonstration Project in Antarctica

15:00 — 15:30 BREAK

Session 2C1:
Radio Frequency Investigation and Utilization            
(Veronese 2503)

A Channel Allocation Scheme Considering with Collisions and Interferences in Practical UHF RFID Applied Communication Fields
Seon Mi Yeo, Bu Won Jeon, Jae Hyun Bae, Young Joo Moon, Hyoung Hwan Roh, Jun Seok Park, Yeong Rak Seong, Ha Ryoung Oh, Yeon Joo Kim, University of Kookmin; Jeong Seok Kim, Chan Won Park, Gil Young Choi,
(South Korea)

Characterization of RF Propagation in Helical and Toroidal Metal Pipes for
Passive RFID Systems
Darmindra Arumugam, Daniel Engels University of Texas at Arlington

Antennas and Propagation in UHF RFID Systems
Pavel Nikitin, KVS Rao Intermec Technologies                            

A Novel Chipless RFID System Based on Planar Multiresonators for Barcode
Stevan Preradovic, Isaac Balbin, Nemai Chandra Karmakar, Monash University
Gerry Swiegers, CSIRO                  

Session 2C2:
Smart Environments
(Veronese 2504)

ASSIST - Automated System for Surgical Instrument and Sponge Tracking
Nilo Rivera, Rosemary Mountain, Allen A. Williams, A.B. Cooper, Douglas L. Lewis, Richard C. Benson, Joseph A. Miragliotta, Russell H. Taylor, Johns Hopkins University; Michael Marohn, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Lia Assumpcao, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

Walker: Toward a Rollator-Mounted Wayfinding System for the Elderly
Vladimir Kulyukin, Aliasgar Kutiyanawala, Utah State University; Edmund LoPresti, AT Sciences; Judith Matthews, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

GIDS - A System for Combining RFID-Based Site Information and Web-Based Data for Virtually Displaying the Location on Handheld Devices.Andreas Löffler, Uwe Wissendheit, Heinz Gerhäuser, Dina Kuznetsova, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Wirelessly-Charged UHF Tags for Sensor Data Collection.
Daniel Yeager, Richa Prasad, David Wetherall,University of Washington; Pauline Powledge,Joshua Smith, Intel Research                                                  

Session 2C3:
Tools for Design and Evaluation
(Veronese 2505)

Combined System Analysis and Automated Design of RFID Transponder Systems
Frank Deicke, Hagen Grätz, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems; Wolf-Joachim Fischer, Technische Universität Dresden

Functional Verification of Future Higher Class UHF RFID Tag Architectures based on Cosimulation
Alex Janek, Christian Steger, Reinhold Weiss Graz University of Technology; Josef Preishuber-Pfluegl, Markus Pistauer, CISC Semiconductor Design + Consulting GmbH                                             

Engineering RFID Systems Through Electromagnetic Modeling
Sudhanshu Gakhar, Joseph Feldkamp, Mark Perkins, Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Rensheng Sun, C.J. Reddy, EM Software & Systems Inc.

Evaluation of Physical and Logical Layer RFID Simulation Engine
Christian Floerkemeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ravikanth Pappu, ThingMagic Inc.      

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  • University of Texas at Arlington
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  • RFID Tribe
  • IEEE Region 6
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RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.


General Chair
Emily Sopensky (USA)
The Iris Company

General Vice Chair
Paul Hartmann (USA)

Program Chair
Daniel W. Engels (USA)
UTexas Arlington

Program Admin Chair
Steve Crowl (USA)
St. Edward’s University

Program Co-Sponsor Chair
Stephen Harvell (USA)

Publications Chair
Luke Maki, P.E. (USA)
The Boeing Company

Local Arrangements Chair
Merrily Hartmann (USA)
AT&T (ret.)

Volunteer Coordinator
Tom Cylkowski (USA)

Publicity Chair
Brian Fraser (USA)
Brian Fraser PR

Finance Chair
Dilip B. Kotak (Canada)

Student Liaison
Elizabeth Johnston (USA)

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