New Topics at IEEE RFID 2013

The RFID 2013 conference proudly presents three new focus topics that capture recent trends in RFID. Read below to get an idea of the specific subject matter that will be covered by researchers during the conference. Authors are encouraged to submit papers based on the specific topics below and/or explore new topics previously not realized within the track. Click here to see a detailed flyer to pass around to interested colleagues.


Chair: Joshua R. Smith (USA), University of Washington. He and other prominent researchers want to know:

  • How can the harvesting of multiple ambient RF sources be combined efficiently into a passive tag?
  • What methods can be used to reduce the threshold voltage limitation of diode-based rectifiers and charge pumps?
  • What are the theoretical equations for efficiency of an input signal with a periodic envelope such as a power-optimized waveform or multi-sine waveform?
  • What new MEMs circuitry has been developed that can improve the efficiency of harvesting kinetic energy sources for a passive tag?
  • How can secondary sources of energy such as thermal and optical energy be used to complement conventional ambient RF power harvesting?
  • How can power harvesting be combined with batteries to provide a power-assisted semi-passive tag?


Chair: Zhuo Zou (Sweden), KTH. He and other prominent researchers want to know:

  • What are the new physical-layer methods for enabling RFID position estimation?
  • How can tag-to-tag communication be optimized for power consumption and throughput?
  • How can multipath be used advantageously for backscatter communications?
  • What hardware changes are necessary to accommodate new physical layer communication techniques?
  • What limitations imposed by wireless standards severely limit RFID or backscatter functionality?


Chair: Gaetano Marrocco (Italy), University of Rome Tor Vergata. He and other prominent researchers want to know:

  • Are passive implantable UHF tags really feasible ?
  • Which are the expected interactions of RFID systems with biomedical devices?
  • How can RFID tags be integrated into existing biomedical implants?
  • How can we increase the reliability of the tracking of human body biometrics using RFIDs?
  • What kind of materials are best suited for wearable and implantable systems?
  • How can multiple sensors be combined into wearable or implantable tags?
  • How can RFIDs be used for drug experimentation?