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Join us for another IEEE technical conference on RFID co-located with RFID Journal LIVE! 2012.  The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on RFID (CRFID) whose purpose is to provide a focus for the RFID technology across the technical spectrum of IEEE.

The 2012 IEEE International Conference on RFID is the premier conference for exchanging all technical RFID-related research.  The conference attendance boasts an outstanding mix of practitioners and researchers within industry and academia and spans numerous disciplines. IEEE RFID 2012 is an opportunity to share timely research results in all areas of RFID technologies and their applications.

The rigorous review by the Technical Program Committee has completed and 28 high-quality peer-reviewed research papers have been accepted for presentation representing the state of the art in RFID research and development. We have speakers from Georgia Tech, Intermec, Keio University, Duke University, Cambridge University and other leading research organizations.

We are pleased to feature the following candidates for the best paper award.

Enabling Standardized Cryptography on Ultra-Constrained 4-bit Microcontrollers
A. Poschmann and T. Kaufmann

Description: Description: http://2012.ieee-rfid.org/files/2011/10/bpa_1569539007_Almaaitah1-150x150.jpg

Modulation Silencing: Novel RFID Anti-Collision Resolution for Passive Tags
A. Alma’aitah, H. Hassaneinand M. Ibnkahla

Description: Description: http://2012.ieee-rfid.org/files/2011/10/bpa_1569539901_Nikitin1-150x150.jpg

Passive Tag-to-Tag Communication
P. Nikitin, S. Ramamurthy, R. Martinez, K. Rao

Description: Description: http://2012.ieee-rfid.org/files/2011/10/bpa_1569543253_Sample-150x150.jpg

Optical Localization of Passive UHF RFID Tags with Integrated LEDs
A. Sample, C. Macomber, L-T Jiang and J. Smith

Description: Description: http://2012.ieee-rfid.org/files/2011/10/bpa_1569543267_Besnoff-150x150.jpg

Near Field Modulated Backscatter For In Vivo Biotelemetry
J. Besnoff and M. Reynolds

Description: Description: http://2012.ieee-rfid.org/files/2011/10/bpa_1569543293_Xi-150x150.jpg

Evaluation of Parasitic Capacitance Introduced during Tag Assembly Process
J. Xi and T. Ye


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Invited Talks

Ramin Sadr, CEO, Mojix
“Passive RFID: Present and Future Directions”

Physicist John Wheeler once said “At the heart of everything is a question, not an answer. When we peer down into the deepest recesses of matter or at the farthest edge of the universe, we see, finally, our own puzzled faces looking back at us.” As academia and industry continue to make advances in passive RFID technology, we find answers but uncover more questions. This session will present some recent results on a number of passive RFID topics. The speaker will also raise additional questions to inspire and catalyze expert researchers and engineers to think about the challenges the industry is facing today. Topics will include soft-input soft-output decoding techniques, passive RFID channel characteristics and location tracking for passive RFID tags. The discussion will explore market needs and requirements and future trends for passive RFID.

Gregory Durgin
“You're Doing it Wrong: Try 5.8 GHz for RFID”

Conventional wisdom states that using true microwave frequencies (>3 GHz) for RFID is lossy, expensive, and difficult. This talk challenges that assumption by demonstrating why electronic trends, international spectrum policy, and physics is on the side of RFID at 5.8 GHz. From tiny, efficient tag antennas to super-charged energy harvesting waveforms, this talk discusses why the future of RFID is at higher frequencies.

Pavel Nikitin
“The Early History of RFID: Leon Theremin”

The early history of RFID includes British military research on long range aircraft identification transponders and the seminal paper by Harry Stockman on principles of backscattered communication. The person who deserves a special mention in RFID history is Leon Theremin (1896-1993), the inventor of the first functional RFID taglike device known as the Great Seal Bug. He is more widely known as the inventor of the thereminvox, a contactless musical instrument (often called "theremin") played by such groups as "The Beach Boys" and used in soundtracks of such movies as "The day the Earth stood still". This talk presents a biographical overview of Leon Theremin and his works and draws parallels between his inventions and modern technologies.

Mark Roberti, RFID Journal;
Pankaj Sood, Univ of Cambridge

Pricing of Information for Emerging Technology Applications

Emerging technology applications such as the applications of Auto-ID technologies (RFID) generally hold a lot of promise in terms of forecasted benefits. However given the lack of empirical evidence, organizations generally face a lot of uncertainty with the proposed value of information. Since more and more organizations are moving towards value based pricing, it makes it challenging to determine the price of a new information based product or service due to the uncertainty around the value of information. The current pricing models fall short of addressing this and are one of the reasons for slow adoption of RFID applications. In this paper we propose a hybrid-pricing model that addresses these challenges. The hybrid-pricing model utilizes value based pricing to determine the price, but provides a way for the producer and consumer to share risks posed by the uncertainty around realizing the forecasted value of information.

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Poster and Demo Session

The IEEE RFID 2012 poster session provides researchers with opportunities to present their cutting-edge work in an interactive manner in front of an expert audience of academic and industry scientists and engineers from around the world.  Posters can cover preliminary or exploratory work within RFID research, report smaller projects or results not mature enough for a full paper, or present any other research that would excite discussion and benefit from this open forum. More detailed information is available on the conference website – www.ieee-rfid.org/2012.

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IEEE RFID 2012 Student Competition: Rectenna Shootout!

Student teams of any size may submit a design for a custom 915 MHz LED rectenna (antenna + RF charge pump + LED) for the IEEE RFID 2012 conference.  Cash prize for the device that can light up an LED from the furthest distance from a 915 MHz continuous wave source.

For further information, email Greg Durgin at durgin@gatech.edu.

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Tutorial/Workshop Day

On Tuesday, April 3rd, we will be offering two tutorials and three workshops for those registering for the IEEE RFID 2012 conference or a LIVE! All-Access Pass.  The cost for the full day (including a morning tutorial, an afternoon workshop, coffee breaks, lunch, and handouts) is $125.00. (Register for IEEE RFID 2012 and the Tutorial/Workshop Day via the RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 registration site.

  • Morning Tutorials
    • Advanced UHF RFID Tag Antenna Design – Organizer:  Gaetano Marrocco (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
    • RFID Technical Tutorial – Organizer:  Dale R. Thompson (Unviersity of Arkansas)
  • Afternoon Workshops
    • RFID and Sensing – Organizers:  Rahul Bhattacharyya (MIT), Radislav A. Potyrailo (GE Global Research), Pavel Nikitin (Intermec), Rich Fletcher (TagSense)
    • RFID Emulators and Simulators – Organizers:  Jin Mitsugi (Keio University), Alanson Sample (University of Washington), Christian Floerkemeier (MIT)
    • 5.8 GHz for RFID and Sensors – Organizer:  Gregory D. Durgin (Georgia Tech)

Descriptions of each session may be found on the IEEE RFID 2012 website – www.ieee-rfid.org/2012.

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Social Events

Join us for the following gatherings to start or continue conversations with your friends and colleagues.

IEEE Reception
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fee: $00.00 US$ ( included with IEEE RFID 2012 Conference & Exhibit Hall Pass and All-Access Pass). Immediately after the RFID Journal LIVE! reception in the Exhibit Hall, there will be an informal gathering over coffee and sweets.

Networking Dinner
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Right after the Student Competition – RECTENNA SHOOTOUT! we will walk 5 minutes to Disney’s Boardwalk. There, we will have an informal dinner at the Big River Grille. Thanks to RICOH, our Student Competition Patron, for helping to keep the fees for our dinner very low! Fee: $25.00 US$ You may register for the Networking Dinner when you register for the IEEE RFID 2012 Conference & Exhibit Hall Pass or the All-Access Pass. If you have already registered for one of these passes and wish to add the banquet, please contact LiveReg@rfidjournal.com.

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Program At A Glance

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Click here for a PDF of the Call for Papers

Antennas & Propagation:
Antenna theory and designs, channel measurements and modeling
Applications & Software: 
RFID software, middleware, network application, reports on the introduction and operational experience of RFID applications papers in this category must have a strong technical focus and address a research issue
Circuits, Devices & Interrogators:
Low-power RFID circuit designs, energy harvesting, non-silicon and chipless RFID, interrogator architecture, detection, sensitivity, read rate optimizations, multi-interrogator coordination and interference
Communication Protocols:
Coding, modulation, anti-collision and medium access schemes for RFID systems
Performance bounds, novel system approaches, technologies, and algorithms
Security & Privacy:
Cryptographic protocols and privacy enhancing techniques
Integration of sensors with RFID tags, including active, passive, or chipless mechanisms; RFID sensor modeling and analysis.
Other Topics:
If your topic does not fit one of the above groups or if you are unsure which topic to select, please contact the TPC Chair at TPChair@ieee-rfid.org.

Submission Instructions
Paper submissions must be anonymous, meaning all author and institutional affiliation must be removed from the submitted paper to support a double-blind review process.  All submitted papers must follow the IEEE conference style guide and be no more than 8 pages in length. Please refer to the conference website for full submission instructions.

Submission Schedule

  • Paper submissions due: December 4, 2011,  December 11, 2011
  • Notifications of acceptance sent: January 27, 2012
  • Publication-ready versions uploaded: February 24, 2012

To be published in the IEEE RFID 2012 Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate, and must present the paper at the conference.  Registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper.  For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for a single paper only. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore®.


Register for IEEE RFID 2012 via the RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 registration site.

Watch our website for further details – www.ieee-rfid.org/2012. 

Questions may be referred to Merrily Hartmann, Local Arrangements Chair.




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RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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