Melville, NY (PRWEB) December 11, 2006
The RFID Academic Convocation conference co-chairs announced plans to hold the fifth RFID Academic Convocation in the United States, co-located with RFID Journal LIVE! 2007, the leading RFID conference and exhibition, which will be held April 30 to May 2, in Orlando, Fla. The convocation is co-chaired by Bill Hardgrave, director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas; John Williams, director of research at the Auto ID Labs at MIT; and Steve Miles, a researcher at the Auto-ID Labs at MIT.
Another convocation will be held in Europe as part of the 2007 EU RFID Forum, hosted by the European Commission Directorate-General Information Society and Media, March 13 to 14, 2007, in Brussels, Belgium.
The RFID Academic Convocations are co-hosted by the Auto-ID Labs at MIT and are led by conference committees consisting of RFID research directors who are responsible for the academic integrity of the proceedings. The objectives of the convocations are to identify specific industry issues that require a coordinated research response, define the underlying core technology research areas required to address these issues and continue the technology road-mapping process.
These events are for academics and researchers focusing on issues surrounding RFID and its use in business. They represent unique opportunities to learn what research is happening around the world and to participate in the process of road-mapping future research projects. "We are encouraging participation by qualified academic and industry researchers and governmental agency representatives," says Miles, who is also on the organizing committee.
The fifth RFID Academic Convocation, hosted by RFID Journal LIVE! 2007, will be held on April 30, in Orlando, Fla. The convocation brings together leading RFID research labs, end user companies and RFID technology providers to address research issues surrounding the implementation of RFID.
Speakers can attend RFID Journal LIVE!, which runs from April 30 to May 2, free of charge. Qualified academics receive a discounted fee to the RFID Academic Convocation and RFID Journal LIVE!, if they wish to attend both events.
Among the topics that will be addressed during the fifth RFID Academic Convocation are:
- Health Care/Life Sciences RFID Implementation Trade-Offs
- EPC Networking
- Support for International Supply Chain.
Tom Cain, a professor of electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, will be leading the Health Care and Life Sciences program, which will focus on how to reconcile choices between HF and UHF RFID technologies and how to ensure 100 percent readability for electronic pedigree applications.
John Williams, director of research at the Auto ID Labs at MIT, will lead the EPC Networking session. "The Open Source EPCIS initiative led by the Auto-ID Labs at MIT brings together a set of reference code, test tools and documentation to support the release of the EPC Information Service (EPCIS) standard for describing things in the world," he says. "The EPCIS specification, which is more than 100 pages long, was constructed with input from multiple industries and hundreds of end user companies in the EPCglobal standardization process over the course of several years. The MIT code base is designed to help companies familiarize themselves with the data exchange approaches based on EPCIS standards, and to open opportunities for rich business intelligence analytics based on these new sources of data."
Bill Hardgrave, director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, will lead the session on Support for International Supply Chains. "The past three convocations have proven to be a good avenue for fostering some important collaborate efforts," Hardgrave says. "As a result, we have seen great projects among universities and with private industry. However, we have much room for growth and improvement. Our vision is to use the continuing series of convocations to bring together the various parties, from across the globe, to work collaboratively on large-scale problems. We must find a way to address the big problems and find the commensurate funding sources."
The 2007 EU RFID Forum will be held on March 13 to 14, 2007, in Brussels, Belgium. It aims to attract academics, industry leaders and representatives of relevant user associations and organizations, as well as government officials. The event is organized by the EU projects BRIDGE (http://www.bridge-project.eu/) and PROMISE (http://www.promise-plm.com) and the AITPL Cluster (http://www.ve-forum.org/apps/pub.asp?Q=1271).
This conference will concentrate on the identification of research needs from RFID toward the "Internet of Things" with respect to different application areas and act as a platform for continuing the dialogue with the RFID stakeholders on a European level.
Among the topics that will be addressed during the fourth RFID Academic Convocation organized in the framework of 2007 EU RFID Forum are:
- New Applications for Secure RFID Systems
- Privacy-Enhancing Techniques for RFID
- Ubiquitous Product Life Cycle Management
Both academic events are part of an on-going series of meetings of the RFID Academic Convocation, driven by the Auto-ID Labs. They are being organized around the world to build collaboration across academic disciplines, and institutional and geographic boundaries. The industry and technology elements of the program will concentrate on issues of implementation and policy and provide the participants with the latest strategies of RFID technical development and concrete prototypes.
Research directors and RFID project leads from academic research institutions that are addressing RFID requirements are invited to submit papers for either the U.S. or European convocation by sending e-mail to rfidconvocation @ mit.edu.
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