MIT SEMINAR SERIES IN MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIVITY
Place: Room 33-116 Time: 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is rapidly evolving due to a widespread recognition of its potential in the business community. Developers from many diverse fields are attempting to adopt RFID technology to bridge the gap between the physical and virtual world. RFID systems have been successfully used in specialized application domains such as library checkout or car immobilizers. More recently, the technology has received increased attention as a technology that can provide better transparency and visibility in the supply chain.
The purpose of this talk is to present a brief history of RFID, outline operating principles of RFID systems and discuss current research challenges. The latter includes the need to fabricate RFID tags at even lower cost and the need to improve the performance of RFID systems. We will also present research efforts that extend RFID technology beyond identification such as RFID based sensors and location systems.
Dr. Christian Floerkemeier is a researcher at the MIT Auto-ID Lab. He has been involved in the RFID standardization effort of the Auto-ID Center and EPCglobal since he joined the Auto-ID Center in 2001. He was previously Associate Director of the Swiss Auto-ID Lab. Dr. Floerkemeier is one of the co-founders of the Fosstrak Project which provides open source RFID software, as well as the program chair of IEEE RFID 2009.
Dr. Floerkemeier received his Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2006, Dr. Floerkemeier has been a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Auto-ID Lab where he continues to lead new research in areas ranging from mobile commerce to RF simulation and robotics..