Internationally recognized speakers, with links to both university and industry sectors, will be giving special lectures at the IEEE RFID-TA 2011.
Electrical Engineering Department, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA in 1989, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and was appointed an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was elected as a Fellow of IEEE in 1985 and also served as the Vice President of AMTA. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored over 800 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 30 book chapters and four books entitled, Electromagnetic Optimization by Genetic Algorithms, Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Antenna Engineering, and Impedance Boundary Conditions in Electromagnetics and Implanted Antennas in Medical Wireless Communications. He is also the holder of several patents. His research contributions cover a diverse area of electromagnetics and antennas. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has received numerous awards, including the 1992 and 1995 Wheeler Best Application Prize Paper Award for his papers published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Transactions, 1999 University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and AMTA’2000 Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2001, Rahmat-Samii was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2001, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2002, he received the Technical Excellence Award from JPL and in 2005 he was the recipient of the URSI Booker Gold Medal. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and in the same year elected as Edmond S. Gillespie Fellow of AMTA. In 2009, he received the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award. He is the recipient of the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2011 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Award. Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.
"Novel Platform Tolerant and Medicine Monitoring RFID Antenna Designs"
This talk describes the various research advances and activities in RFID tag and system designs at the UCLA antenna laboratory. We will introduce the need for platform tolerant RFID tag designs and discuss a fat-folded dipole inspired tag which can be used for tagging metallic objects as well as for human monitoring. The working of this tag will be described in detail and it will be backed by read range measurements on both metallic objects and humans. Next, we will discuss a novel medicine monitoring system which has the potential to solve the medical non-compliance issue which is one of the biggest obstacles in treating illnesses today. The medical monitoring system will consist of RFID pill capsule tag, a small reader in the form of a necklace/belt/patch and a main receiver/cell phone for data storage. Initial RFID tag designs for this capsule system will be presented. Finally, we will describe an RFID smart shelf configuration. The configurations discussed will include single and double microstrip line smart shelves for tag activation in the complete shelf environment.
The school of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Georgia institute of technology, USA
Professor Manos M. Tentzeris received the Diploma Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens ("Magna Cum Laude") in Greece and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and he is currently a Professor with School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. He has published more than 370 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings, 5 books and 19 book chapters. Dr. Tentzeris has helped develop academic programs in Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFID's and sensors, "Green" electronics and power scavenging, nanotechnology applications in RF, Microwave MEM's, SOP-integrated (UWB, mutliband, conformal) antennas and Adaptive Numerical Electromagnetics (FDTD, MultiResolution Algorithms) and heads the ATHENA research group (20 researchers). He is the Georgia Electronic Design Center Associate Director for RFID/Sensors research, and he has been the Georgia Tech NSF-Packaging Research Center Associate Director for RF Research and the RF Alliance Leader from 2003-2006. He was the recipient/co-recipient of the 2010 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award, the 2010 Georgia Tech Senior Faculty Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies Best Paper Award, the 2009 E.T.S.Walton Award from the Irish Science Foundation, the 2007 IEEE APS Symposium Best Student Paper Award, the 2007 IEEE IMS Third Best Student Paper Award, the 2007 ISAP 2007 Poster Presentation Award, the 2006 IEEE MTT Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2006 Asian-Pacific Microwave Conference Award, the 2004 IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging Commendable Paper Award, the 2003 NASA Godfrey "Art" Anzic Collaborative Distinguished Publication Award, the 2003 IBC International Educator of the Year Award, the 2003 IEEE CPMT Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2002 International Conference on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology Best Paper Award (Beijing, CHINA), the 2002 Georgia Tech-ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the 2001 ACES Conference Best Paper Award and the 2000 NSF CAREER Award and the 1997 Best Paper Award of the International Hybrid Microelectronics and Packaging Society. He was the TPC Chair for IEEE IMS 2008 Symposium and the Chair of the 2005 IEEE CEM-TD Workshop and he is the Vice-Chair of the RFTechnical Committee (TC16) of the IEEE CPMT Society. He is the founder and chair of the RFID Technical Committee (TC24) of the IEEE MTT Society and the Secretary/Treasurer of the IEEE C-RFID. He is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging and International Journal on Antennas and Propagation. Dr.Tentzeris was a Visiting Professor with the Technical University of Munich, Germany for the summer of 2002, a Visiting Professor with GTRI-Ireland in Athlone, Ireland for the summer of 2009 and a Visiting Professor with LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, France for the summer of 2010. He has given more than 100 invited talks to various universities and companies all over the world. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of URSI-Commission D, a member of MTT-15 committee, an Associate Member of EuMA, a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Prof. Tentzeris is one of the IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturers from 2010-2012.
"Inkjet-printed RFID and Wireless Sensor Nodes: The Final Step to Bridge Cognitive Intelligence, Nanotechnology and RF?"
In this talk, inkjet-printed flexible antennas, RF electronics and sensors fabricated on paper and other polymer (e.g.LCP)substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags and Wireless Sensor Nodes (WSN) in an approach that could be easily extended to other microwave and wireless applications. The talk will cover examples from UHF up to the millimeter-wave frequency ranges. A compact inkjet-printed UHF "passive-RFID" antenna using the classic T-match approach and designed to match IC's complex impedance, is presented as a the first demonstrating prototype for this technology. Then, Prof. Tentzeris will briefly touch up the state-of-the-art area of fully-integrated wireless sensor modules on paper or flexible LCP and show the first ever 2D sensor integration with an RFID tag module on paper, as well as numerous 3D multilayer paper-based and LCP-based RF/microwave structures, that could potentially set the foundation for the truly convergent wireless sensor ad-hoc networks of the future with enhanced cognitive intelligence and "rugged" packaging. Prof. Tentzeris will discuss issues concerning the power sources of "near-perpetual" RFID-based modules, including flexible minaturized batteries as well as power-scavenging approaches involving thermal, EM, vibration and solar energy forms. The final step of the presentation will involve examples from wearable (e.g. biomonitoring) antennas and RF modules, as well as the first examples of the integration of inkjet-printed nanotechnology-based (e.g.CNT) sensors on paper and organic substrates. It has to be noted that the talk will review and present challenges for inkjet-printed organic active and nonlinear devices as well as future directions in the area of environmentally-friendly ("green") RF electronics and "smart-skin' conformal sensors.
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Electronics Engineering, Erlangen, Germany
Georg Fischer was born in Wachtendonk, Germany in 1965. He studied Electrical Engineering with focus on communications, microwave, electromagnetism and acoustics at University of Aachen RWTH, Germany from 1986 till 1992, from where he received his diploma degree (Dipl-Ing.). In the years from 1993 till 1996 he was a research assistant at University of Paderborn, Germany working on adaptive antenna array systems for mobile satellite communications. He received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) summa cum laude in electrical engineering in 1997. From 1996 till 2008 he was with Bell Labs research of Lucent, later Alcatel-Lucent. Here he focused on the RF and digital architecture of mobile communication basestations for GSM/UMTS and features for network coverage and capacity enhancements. He became a Bell Labs DMTS (Distinguished member of Technical Staff) in 2000 and a Bell Labs CMTS (Consulting Member of Technical Staff) in 2001. He also acted as a chairman in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) during the physical layer standardization of the GSM-EDGE system. Since two years he also acts as Chairman of the ETSI Specialist Task Force STF386 on Cognitive Spectrum Management for PMSE devices like Professional Wireless Microphone Systems. From 2001 till 2007 he was a part time lecturer at University of Erlangen-Nuernberg giving lectures on basestation technology. Since April 2008 he is a regular professor for electronics engineering at University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Research interests are in transceiver and system design, analogue/digital partitioning, converters, enhanced amplifier architectures, active filters, Metamaterial structures, GaN transistor technology, RFID, circuit design and RF-MEMS with specific emphasis on frequency agile, tunable and reconfigurable RF systems for SDR applications. Further new research interests concentrate on medical electronics like using microwaves for detection of vital parameters, navigation, localisation and wireless power transfer. He was granted more than 50 patents around microwave and communications technology. In 2007 he was co-chair of the European Conference on Wireless Technology (ECWT) within the European Microwave week Conference (EUMW 2007). He serves as Reviewer and Evaluator for the European Commission, the German Science Foundation DFG, Belgian IWT, Canadian NSERC and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF. Prof. Fischer is a senior member of IEEE MTT/AP/COMSOC/VTC and also a member of VDE-ITG and EUMA.
"Non-Linear Measurement Methods for Passive UHF RFID Frontends"
The dissemination of ambient intelligence networks increased over the past few years. In particular, the passive radio frequency identification (RFID) presents a key technology for unattended wireless networks and the rapidly increasing RFID market has generated a huge application pull towards passive RFID technologies, especially at UHF frequencies. In comparison to other wireless transceiver technologies, the use of passive RFID transponder devices offers several advantages besides cost effectiveness. The wireless transmission of power allows a flexible and ubiquitous use of small, low cost transponders for passive RFID networks. Additional, the integration of sensors enables several enhancements on existing solutions. Fully passive sensor nodes only exist for inductive RF systems in the range of LF and HF frequencies today. When operating at UHF, only a few μW are available as supply for all functional blocks and thus a highly efficient rectifier and a low power circuit design technique has to be used. The RF frontend of passive RFID transponder represents one of the most complex analog devices used in the wireless communication area because non-linear and time-variant components are coupled in a single node. Therefore, for an ultra low-power frontend design it is essential to know the behavior of the devices and the used technology. Because of these non-linearities no standard small-signal measurement techniques can be used to characterize the behavior of the analog frontend and it is not practical to talk about input impedances concerning the transponder IC. It is only possible to characterize the impedance of the measurement setup or the impedance of the antenna with which the performance of the transponder is highest. This talk will discuss some large-signal and non-linear measurement techniques to characterize the behavior of passive RFID frontends at UHF. Furthermore, it will be shown why it is importand to match the non-linear input of the analog frontend to the 50 measurement environment.