Singapore IEEE RFID Chapter Kick-Off Meeting

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IEEE CRFID Singapore chapter organized a kick-off seminar on 21th July 2016 (Thursday). The seminar was also co-organized by IEEE Singapore MTT/AP Chapters.

DATES21 July 2016, Thursday

TIME: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Registration begins at 2:30 pm)

VENUE:

Franklin room, South tower, Level 11, Fusionopolis
1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis (South Tower)
Singapore 138632

In January 2016, the IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) (http://www.ieee-rfid.org/) was approved for its first official Chapter, namely the “IEEE Singapore Section Council on RFID Chapter”.  This kick off seminar shared the founding story of the chapter. Two feature talks were presented to demonstrate the research progress in RFID antennas and the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry and academy in RFID areas.

There was a networking session with refreshments after the talks.

3:00 pm – 3: 30 pm Registration; the host introduces the seminar; the Chapter Chair Prof. Chen Zhi Ning shared the story of creating the IEEE RFID Singapore chapter and introduced the Chairs and committee members. He also shared the address as the VP of member service.

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3:30 pm – 4: 15 pm Prof. Chen Zhi Ning gave an IEEE distinguished lecture talk titled “Advanced Antennas for RFID Tags and Readers” followed a QA section.

Zhi Ning ChenLecture 1: Advanced Antennas for RFID Tags and Readers

Prof.  Chen Zhi Ning
IEEE fellow
Chair of CRFID Singapore chapter
CRFID Distinguished Lecturer
Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Advisor/Principal Scientist, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology are being rapidly developed in recent years and the applications have been widely found in Internet of Things (IoT) such as service industries, distribution logistics, manufacturing companies, and product-flow systems. Antenna design for readers and tags is one of the key factors in RFID systems. The optimized tag and reader antenna design will greatly benefit to RFID systems with longer reading range, better detection accuracy, lower fabrication cost, and simple system configuration and implementation. This talk will start with a brief introduction to RFID systems which may be active, passive, or semi-active systems, and operate at LF, HF, UHF, or MW bands. Then the key considerations related to the antenna design for tags and readers will be addressed from system perspectives. After that, the advancement of RFID antenna designs by the team from Institute for Infocomm Research/Singapore National University of Singapore will highlight specific challenges for antennas in the HF near-field and UHF near/far-field systems. In particular, important engineering factors such as environmental effects vs. co-design methodology, size constraints, cost constraints, and UHF near-field reader antenna coverage will be presented with corresponding practical design cases.

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4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Dr. LAU Pui Yi gave a talk titled “RFID industry” followed a QA section.

Picture4Lecture 2: RFID industry

Dr. LAU Pui Yi (Anna)
Senior IEEE member
Vice chair of CRFID Singapore chapter
Technical director of Invengo

Abstract: A ubiquitous icon in this information era, radio frequency identification (RFID) is a natural extension of the bar-code system.  From industry point of view, what’s the future of RFID? Especially the adoption of RFID system in the retail business such as food chain, department stores, libraries…will be presented. How an IOT smart platform can help in the factory/manufacturing/ware house/institution/laboratory? When our mobile phone can be used as UHF RFID reader? What’s more? Let’s meet and share if you keen!

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5:00 pm –    networking session with refreshments

The kick off seminar was successfully organized. It builds a platform to make academic and industry people in RFID area sit together to exchange views from their different aspects.  To attract attention and broaden influence, the committee uses the Eventbrite website to advocate the event and do the registration (https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/singapore-ieee-rfid-chapter-kick-off-seminar-tickets-26418797334) . The final attendees are 42 pax. They are from industry (18 pax), academic university (12 pax), research institutes (9 pax), and junior colleague (JC) students (3 pax), including committee members (5 pax) as shown in the TABLE I. In the QA session, the attendee from the industry, such as NXP expresses their interest to involve more in the chapter activities. The attendees from the Singapore National Library enjoyed the IEEE distinguished talk by Prof. Chen and were glad to learn RFID antenna related issues. With future plan to update the national library RFID system they show great interest to Dr. Lau’s talk and consulted her with many questions about RFID library application possibilities.  The seminar attracts not only university students but also JC students. They are glad to gain RFID knowledge in both academic view and also industry applications, hopping that the chapter have more activities on RFID for student education and competition.

The seminar refreshments were sponsored by the Invengo Group International Headquarter in Singapore, showing a kind industry support. With the mix of industry and academic research in RFID and with a successful start, the more exciting chapter activities and talks are looking forward to in future.

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