Deadline for Submissions:

July 19, 2021

Judges

Each year, RFID Journal chooses judges with no financial interests in selecting one entry over another, and who will recuse themselves if they have a relationship with any specific end-user or technology companies involved with the award. At least five judges will evaluate entries in each category. Below are the judges who judged the 2020 awards. We will be updating this page with this year’s judges soon. If you would like to apply to be a judge, send email to editor@rfidjournal.com.

Best New Product

Kevin Berisso

Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Kevin Berisso holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. Having worked as a custom warehouse management software project engineer and then as a manufacturing engineer with Delphi Automotive, he has a wealth of practical industrial experience. He was formerly the director of the AIDC lab (founded in 1988) at the University of Ohio, where he focused on helping companies to apply existing “off the shelf” RFID technologies to specific business problems. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on RFID, as well as other automatic identification and data capture topics. In the classroom, he teaches an AIDC class, an RFID class, programming classes and robotics.

Rich Handley

Managing Editor, RFID Journal

Rich Handley has served as an editor with RFID Journal since 2005 and was named managing editor in 2012. Since then, he has also become the managing editor of IOT Journal, also published by RFID Journal. Rich has served as a judge for the RFID Journal Awards for the past five years. Prior to joining RFID Journal, he worked at several leading trade publications. Rich cofounded independent publisher Hasslein Books in 2008, and is the author or co-author of nine outstanding books to date.

Peter J. Hawrylak

Assistant professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Tulsa

Peter J. Hawrylak, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in embedded systems, RFID, sensor networks, real-time location systems (RTLS) and security. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States (USTAG) for the International Standards Organization (ISO), which oversees standardization of RFID and RTLS devices. He has led the development of test methodologies to determine conformance and interoperability for ISO 18000-7 RFID systems. He was a principle member of the team at the University of Pittsburgh RFID Center of Excellence investigating the interactions between RFID devices and implantable medical devices.

Hans-Dieter Lang

Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, Rapperswil, HSR

H.D. Lang is a lecturer in the department of electrical engineering at the HSR in Rapperswil, Switzerland, teaching electrical engineering fundamentals, including circuit theory, network analysis, electromagnetics and electromagnetic compatibility. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetics from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2018. In 2016, he was an Intern with the SEG-SIPI Department, Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA, USA; prior to that he also held a part-time position with Bombardier Transportation in Canada, working on radar technology. Before going back to graduate school, he was an R&D project engineer with the Institute for Communication Systems, ICOM, Rapperswil, Switzerland. His current research interests include wireless power transfer, mathematical optimization, circuit theory, antennas and propagation, RFID and EMC, as well as analytical and computational electromagnetics.

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher

UQ Development Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He completed Ph.D. degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2016. Before joining UQ, he worked as a Lecturer of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at King Abdualaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he serves as UQ development fellow in the school of ITEE of the University of Queensland. Ahmed received several awards including Early Career Research Award, Dean’s Award for outstanding research theses, CST University Publication Award, Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd (CiSRA) Research Prize and won five medals in different Technology Expositions. His novel techniques and innovations is documented in more than 85 research articles and 5 patents. He served as Technical Program Committee member for more than 20 IEEE sponsored conferences. He serves as Editorial Board member for The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, and International Journal on Antennas and Propagation.

Mark Roberti

Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many other publications. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and RFID Journal LIVE! has become the most important international gathering of RFID vendors and end users.

Senthilkumar C.P.

Director of Technology, RFID lab at Auburn University

Senthilkumar C.P., Ph.D., is the Director of Technology for the RFID lab at Auburn University, a unique collaboration platform that involves end users, suppliers, technology providers, standards organizations, industry groups, and academic institutions on a global scale. He has researched, advised, and executed projects that is enabling efficient adoption of RFID and Sensor fusion in retailing, aerospace, manufacturing, and transportation. Senthil’s work has focused on the common goal of making the adaptation of emerging technologies more secure, efficient, reliable and useful.

Best Use of RFID/IoT in a Product/Service

Abderrazak Hachani

Lecturer, ESPRIT School of Engineers -Tunisia

Abderrazak HACHANI is an international independent RFID/IoT consultant. He has been involved in RFID activities since 2OO4 as a researcher focused on RFID system design, protocols and performance evaluation. He participated in several international RFID projects as a system designer, project manager and business developer and serves as advisor for international RFID organizations. Mr. Hachani has spoken at many technological events and has a special interest in spreading RFID and IoT technologies in the Arab world and the African continent.

Mr. Hachani is an ITU (international telecommunications union) IoT expert. He is also lecturer in ESPRIT school of engineers -Tunisia and the head of RFID research group team. He is also a visiting lecturer in ENSIM- France, where he launched RFID and IoT courses.

Rich Handley

Managing Editor, RFID Journal

Rich Handley has served as an editor with RFID Journal since 2005 and was named managing editor in 2012. Since then, he has also become the managing editor of IOT Journal, also published by RFID Journal. Rich has served as a judge for the RFID Journal Awards for the past five years. Prior to joining RFID Journal, he worked at several leading trade publications. Rich cofounded independent publisher Hasslein Books in 2008, and is the author or co-author of nine outstanding books to date.

Erick C Jones

Executive Director of RFID and Supply Chain Lab

Dr. Erick C. Jones is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and director of the University of Nebraska’s RFID Supply Chain Lab. He received Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston. He has held various positions in industries as engineering specialist, engineering director and project manager. Dr. Jones expertise has led to become and expert in the field of supply chain optimization, distribution logistics and inventory control. His unique background led him to one of the first and largest academic RFID labs in the country. He has published one textbook on RFID and has edited two industry texts on the subject, and is currently working on a military handbook for RFID and other Automatic Information technologies which include GPS and satellite tags. Also, his lab joined the industry academic consortium focused on Logistics sponsored by the National Science Foundation for several years. Currently, he has focused on RFID research for US Department of Transportation, Department of Defense Transportation Command, and with NASA JSC.

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher

UQ Development Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He completed Ph.D. degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2016. Before joining UQ, he worked as a Lecturer of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at King Abdualaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he serves as UQ development fellow in the school of ITEE of the University of Queensland. Ahmed received several awards including Early Career Research Award, Dean’s Award for outstanding research theses, CST University Publication Award, Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd (CiSRA) Research Prize and won five medals in different Technology Expositions. His novel techniques and innovations is documented in more than 85 research articles and 5 patents. He served as Technical Program Committee member for more than 20 IEEE sponsored conferences. He serves as Editorial Board member for The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, and International Journal on Antennas and Propagation.

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning, MIT

Sanjay Sarma is credited with defining and developing many of the standards and technologies that form the foundation of the commercial RFID industry. In 1999, he co-founded MIT’s Auto-ID Center and has served as its Chairman of Research. Professor Sarma is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Ferry Award, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, and the New England Business and Technology Award.

Junyu Wang

Professor of Micro-Electronics, Fudan University and Associate Director of Auto-ID Lab at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Junyu Wang received his Ph.D. degree from University of Science and Technology, Beijing in 2002. During 2003-2005, he was a Postdoc in Fudan University doing research on anti-counterfeit solutions based on RFID technology. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting Associate Professor of MIT, doing research on the security issues and solutions of Internet of Things. His research interests include RFID reader and tag design, RFID anti-collision algorithm, RFID security, RFID sensor tag, and Internet of Things for food/drug safety. He has contributed 30+ papers and 12 patents authorized.

Best RFID/IoT Implementation (Other Industry)

Harold Boeck

Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the “International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications,” a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Kevin Berisso

Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Kevin Berisso holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. Having worked as a custom warehouse management software project engineer and then as a manufacturing engineer with Delphi Automotive, he has a wealth of practical industrial experience. He was formerly the director of the AIDC lab (founded in 1988) at the University of Ohio, where he focused on helping companies to apply existing “off the shelf” RFID technologies to specific business problems. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on RFID, as well as other automatic identification and data capture topics. In the classroom, he teaches an AIDC class, an RFID class, programming classes and robotics.

Abderrazak Hachani

Lecturer, ESPRIT School of Engineers -Tunisia

Abderrazak HACHANI is an international independent RFID/IoT consultant. He has been involved in RFID activities since 2OO4 as a researcher focused on RFID system design, protocols and performance evaluation. He participated in several international RFID projects as a system designer, project manager and business developer and serves as advisor for international RFID organizations. Mr. Hachani has spoken at many technological events and has a special interest in spreading RFID and IoT technologies in the Arab world and the African continent.

Mr. Hachani is an ITU (international telecommunications union) IoT expert. He is also lecturer in ESPRIT school of engineers -Tunisia and the head of RFID research group team. He is also a visiting lecturer in ENSIM- France, where he launched RFID and IoT courses.

Rich Handley

Managing Editor, RFID Journal

Rich Handley has served as an editor with RFID Journal since 2005 and was named managing editor in 2012. Since then, he has also become the managing editor of IOT Journal, also published by RFID Journal. Rich has served as a judge for the RFID Journal Awards for the past five years. Prior to joining RFID Journal, he worked at several leading trade publications. Rich cofounded independent publisher Hasslein Books in 2008, and is the author or co-author of nine outstanding books to date.

Sue Hutchinson

Director, Portfolio Strategy, GS1

Sue Hutchinson joined GS1US in April 2003 and was instrumental in the formation of EPCglobal and the development of the UHF Gen2 air interface protocol. She brought with her more than 20 years of experience in high technology product management and technology transfer. Her specialties include product and portfolio planning, strategic market development, customer relationship management and predictive analytics. As director of industry adoption for EPCglobal US, Ms. Hutchinson is responsible for delivering tools and services for the many companies joining the EPCglobal community. Ms. Hutchinson has written and spoken extensively on the topics of RFID and visibility in the supply chain.

Farhan Manzoor

Pre-Sales Consultant, Sensormatic by Johnson Controls

Farhan Manzoor currently works for Nedap Retail GB Ltd. as a pre-sales engineer. Dr. Manzoor obtained his Ph.D. degree from NUI, University College Cork in Ireland and Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingome. He has more than 10 years’ experience working with RFID. Dr. Manzoor has completed several RFID-based research projects, as well as projects in industry within the area of supply chain management, logistics, and more recently, retail. During the academic career, Dr. Manzoor supervised several graduate and postgraduate electrical engineering projects. His interests are in applications of RFID especially in indoor localization, multi-data fusion for multi-modal systems, RFID-based security and surveillance, and RFID’s use in a global supply chain and retail. Dr. Manzoor is also an author of a number of peer-reviewed conference and journal publications including the best student paper award winner at the IEEE International Conference on RFID-TA, 2010, during his Ph.D. studies.

Mark Roberti

Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many other publications. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and RFID Journal LIVE! has become the most important international gathering of RFID vendors and end users.

Best Supply Chain/Logistics RFID/IoT Implementation

John Aloysius

President of the POMS College of Behavioral Operations

John Aloysius has research interests in retail technology. His publications have appeared or will appear in Decision Sciences, Information Systems Research, International Journal of RF Technologies, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, Production and Operations Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and other journals. His research has been sponsored by Walmart Stores Inc., the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and APICS the Association for Supply Chain Management. He is a member or has been a member of CSCMP, DSI, INFORMS, POMS, and SJDM and is currently the president of the POMS College of Behavioral Operations. He serves on the promotion and tenure, and the research and human subjects committees of the Walton College, as well as the research council and institutional review board of the University of Arkansas.

Massimo Bertolini

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma

Massimo Bertolini received his Ph.D. in Production Systems and Industrial Plants at the Department of Industrial Engineering – University of Parma in 2004. For his thesis, he developed an integrated methodology for doing quality/safety analysis within food production processes. He is a member of the Teachers Board for the Ph.D. course in Industrial Engineering at the University of Parma, and secretary of the course of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Parma. Since August 2007, he has been a member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA).

Robb Clarke

Associate Professor of Packaging at Michigan State University

Robb Clarke’s teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses on packaging operations and quality issues, material handling and distribution packaging, and RFID for Packaging. Clarke has a B.S. degree in packaging, an M.B.A. in marketing, a Ph.D. in engineering management, and a Willett Visiting Scholar research position in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Dr. Clarke had a 17-year industrial career. At Michigan State, his primary research is in automatic identification (particularly radio frequency identification) for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution and handling. He is also Director of the independent, dedicated Auto ID Research and Testing Center at Michigan State University.

Jamshed Dubash

Entrepreneur

Jamshed Dubash is a global executive focused on creating new business opportunities in the enterprise IoT/M2M market space by integrating wireless ‘edge’ sensors, big data, and advanced analytics to help companies increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. He has a long track record of leading new ideas from concept to market on-schedule and within budget. He has successfully managed large multinational projects demanding strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills and has extensive entrepreneurial experience in building technology startups, developing and executing business plans to capitalize on significant market opportunities. His areas of expertise include manufacturing, consumer product goods, and retail markets; supply chain and asset tracking applications; and M2M/IoT, RFID, sensor, wireless, and semiconductor technologies. Jamshed has 18 published patents and multiple pending patents in RFID/IoT/M2M/sensors and wireless tracking technologies and applications.

Jean-Pierre Emond

Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute

Jean-Pierre Emond graduated from Laval University in Canada in 1987 with his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering. In 1989, he earned his M.Sc. in Food Science from Laval University. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural/Food Engineering from the University of Florida, where his work focused on creating a modified atmosphere packaging system for fresh produce. Dr. Emond is the COO of The Illuminate Group. He is also the director of cold chain research in the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is currently engaged in cold chain research activities in food distribution and retailing, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2005, Dr. Emond has been the CEO of Blueye, LLC, a cold chain technology development company.

Geraldo Ferrer

Associate Dean for Research, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Ferrer’s areas of expertise include global operations, supply chain tracking technologies (RFID and IUID), product stewardship, reverse logistics and remanufacturing. He has published on these topics in several academic journals and presented his research in national and international conferences, and in invited seminars in various institutions. He is a contributor in the Handbook of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing and Handbook of Industrial Ecology. Dr. Ferrer serves as Associate Editor of the Decision Sciences Journal, and as reviewer for many academic journals, the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.

Mike Graen

Owner, Collaboration LLC

Mike Graen was employed by Procter & Gamble from 1982 to 2008. He joined P&G after receiving a bachelor’s degree in information systems and an MBA in management from the University of Cincinnati. He held numerous roles at P&G, including within foodservice and lodging products systems, and as corporate data center Manager, and systems manager for the Cape Girardeau Paper Plant. In 1989, Mike was assigned as the global technology leader for P&G on the first Walmart Global Customer Team. His role was to lead the information technology organization to align P&G and Walmart systems on a worldwide basis. This resulted in the global implementation of Electronic Data Information (EDI) systems, development of Walmart’s Retail Link, and the promotion of the Global Data Sharing Network (GDSN) to drive sales and reduce costs. He joined Walmart in 2008, where he led the Supplier Collaboration Board — a supplier/ retailer forum for directing logistics and information technology between Walmart and suppliers. He was responsible for the RFID/EPC technology at Walmart, from a business point-of-view. Mike joined CROSSMARK in November 2013 as V.P. of Collaboration. He led the development of the Center for Collaboration. In June of 2015, Mike returned to Walmart to be a consultant in the retail technology area. His focus is to develop a strategy for On-Shelf Availability (OSA) by leveraging RFID, Robotics and Electronic shelf labels. He is currently serving as a consultant to Walmart in this capacity.

Justin Patton

Director, RFID Lab, Auburn University

Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and received his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas and now supervises day-to-day operations of the RFOD Lab, which moved to Auburn. The RFID Lab conducts studies on the business benefits of RFID in retail and other sectors.

Dieter Uckelmann

Professor, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart

Dr. Dieter Uckelmann is a full professor at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT) in Germany as well as guest professor at the University of Parma in Italy. He received his doctorate at the University of Bremen in the field of production engineering on the topic of “Quantifying the Value of RFID and the EPCglobal Architecture Framework in Logistics”. His research focuses on applications in the Internet of Things in the areas of Industry 4.0, logistics and smart buildings, as well as on the valuation of information. From 2005 to the beginning of 2012 he was managing director of the LogDynamics Lab at the University of Bremen and he is co-editor of the International Journal of RF-Technologies: Research and Applications. Prior to his academic career, he has been managing director of several companies in the ICT sector.

Best Health Care RFID/IoT Implementation

Harold Boeck

Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the “International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications,” a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Jamshed Dubash

Entrepreneur

Jamshed Dubash is a global executive focused on creating new business opportunities in the enterprise IoT/M2M market space by integrating wireless ‘edge’ sensors, big data, and advanced analytics to help companies increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. He has a long track record of leading new ideas from concept to market on-schedule and within budget. He has successfully managed large multinational projects demanding strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills and has extensive entrepreneurial experience in building technology startups, developing and executing business plans to capitalize on significant market opportunities. His areas of expertise include manufacturing, consumer product goods, and retail markets; supply chain and asset tracking applications; and M2M/IoT, RFID, sensor, wireless, and semiconductor technologies. Jamshed has 18 published patents and multiple pending patents in RFID/IoT/M2M/sensors and wireless tracking technologies and applications.

Tali Freed

Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, California Polytechnic State University; Founding Director, PolyGAIT-RFID Research and Development Laboratory

Tali Freed received her Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Her B.Sc. and M.Sc. are in Industrial Engineering and Management, from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Freed’s primary areas of research are radio frequency identification, production planning and scheduling, and design of processes and information systems. She is the founding director of PolyGAIT—The Cal Poly Center for Global Automated Identification Technologies.

Marco Frosolini

Researcher Università di Pisa

Marco Frosolini graduated in 2001 in Mechanical Engineering at the Università di Pisa. In 2002, he began his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering and obtained the PhD in 2005. He is currently a researcher in industrial plants within the same university. His research activities mainly concern equipment maintenance and reliability, production planning, logistics and project management. He is also interested in industrial information systems. He is author of more than 30 technical papers, published in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of AIDI (National Association of Academicians on Industrial Plants).

Hans-Dieter Lang

Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, Rapperswil, HSR

H.D. Lang is a lecturer in the department of electrical engineering at the HSR in Rapperswil, Switzerland, teaching electrical engineering fundamentals, including circuit theory, network analysis, electromagnetics and electromagnetic compatibility. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetics from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2018. In 2016, he was an Intern with the SEG-SIPI Department, Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA, USA; prior to that he also held a part-time position with Bombardier Transportation in Canada, working on radar technology. Before going back to graduate school, he was an R&D project engineer with the Institute for Communication Systems, ICOM, Rapperswil, Switzerland. His current research interests include wireless power transfer, mathematical optimization, circuit theory, antennas and propagation, RFID and EMC, as well as analytical and computational electromagnetics.

Paolo Locatelli

Project manager and researcher, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Locatelli manages several information technology research projects for healthcare organizations. Since 2005, he has served as a contract professor of Information Systems and Process Reengineering at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He is also a member of the IT faculty for Executive Courses at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. For the past several years, he has worked on process reengineering and the design of workflow management systems based on mobile devices and RFID traceability platforms.

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher

UQ Development Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia

Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He completed Ph.D. degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2016. Before joining UQ, he worked as a Lecturer of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at King Abdualaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he serves as UQ development fellow in the school of ITEE of the University of Queensland. Ahmed received several awards including Early Career Research Award, Dean’s Award for outstanding research theses, CST University Publication Award, Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd (CiSRA) Research Prize and won five medals in different Technology Expositions. His novel techniques and innovations is documented in more than 85 research articles and 5 patents. He served as Technical Program Committee member for more than 20 IEEE sponsored conferences. He serves as Editorial Board member for The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, and International Journal on Antennas and Propagation.

Mark Roberti

Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many other publications. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and RFID Journal LIVE! has become the most important international gathering of RFID vendors and end users.

Neeraj Sood

Researcher, University of Toronto

Neeraj Sood is a graduate student in the electromagnetics group at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on developing tools to understand the propagation of ultra-wideband signals in complex environments. He has worked on technology development projects and has advised several organizations on RFID projects. He has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Maurizio Turri

Executive in Residence, Auburn University RFID Lab

Maurizio Turri is an RFID consultant with over a decade of experience in the industry. Maurizio cooperates with the Auburn University RFID Lab on projects and the overall promotion of its current research activities. In 2007 he joined the University of Arkansas RFID Center where he worked on several large-scale RFID projects. In the more recent past, Maurizio has held positions in sales, business development, and product development with material handling and logistic companies. He is currently owner of Vox Elements, LLC an RFID company providing consulting and field implementation services for customers in various industries including retail, manufacturing, and health care. Maurizio received his BSBA in Information Systems from the University of Arkansas and he is currently pursuing his MBA at Texas State University.

Best Manufacturing RFID/IoT Implementation

Ygal Bendavid

Professor, University of Quebec Montreal (UQAM) School of Management; Co-founder, RFID Academia

Ygal Bendavid is a professor in the Department of Management and Technology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he teaches operations management. Dr. Bendavid is a founder of RFID Academia. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. As a specialist in RFID for supply chain management, Bendavid is a frequent presenter at RFID Journal LIVE! conferences. He is also an instructor for the RFID PRO certification.

Massimo Bertolini

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma

Massimo Bertolini received his Ph.D. in Production Systems and Industrial Plants at the Department of Industrial Engineering – University of Parma in 2004. For his thesis, he developed an integrated methodology for doing quality/safety analysis within food production processes. He is a member of the Teachers Board for the Ph.D. course in Industrial Engineering at the University of Parma, and secretary of the course of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Parma. Since August 2007, he has been a member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA).

Robb Clarke

Associate Professor of Packaging at Michigan State University

Robb Clarke’s teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses on packaging operations and quality issues, material handling and distribution packaging, and RFID for Packaging. Clarke has a B.S. degree in packaging, an M.B.A. in marketing, a Ph.D. in engineering management, and a Willett Visiting Scholar research position in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Dr. Clarke had a 17-year industrial career. At Michigan State, his primary research is in automatic identification (particularly radio frequency identification) for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution and handling. He is also Director of the independent, dedicated Auto ID Research and Testing Center at Michigan State University.

Luca Cremona

Business Development Manager Industrial Solutions, ROLD

Luca Cremona is business development manager at ROLD. He focuses on industrial solutions within the Industrial Business Unit there, leading the strategic development of new digital solutions (IoT ecosystem) for small and medium-size enterprises and multinationals. He is also contract professor of Information Systems at LIUC – Università Cattaneo — and Vice President of LIUC Alumni Association. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems carried out both in Italy and Switzerland (ETH Zurich). Previously as both professor and senior project manager, he worked 10 years in the intersection of consulting, researching and teaching where he led national and international projects (EU funder projects too) of digital innovation, system integration and change management for big companies and SMEs all over the world.

Mauro Mezzenzana

Partner at Boardwalk Business Advisory

Mauro Mezzenzana, Ph.D., is professor of Management Information Systems, IoT Systems Design and Development and Digital Business Analysis and Measurement at LIUC University and professor of Supply Chain Management at the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria. He is partner and member of the Scientific Technical Committee at Boardwalk Business Advisory and co-founder at Xensify, an IoT platform for retail operations. Mauro graduated with a degree in Business Engineering from LIUC University, where he became senior researcher at Lab#ID RFId Laboratory, and completed a Corporate Executive MBA while working as central planning manager for a multinational company in the defense and aerospace sector.

Justin Patton

Director, RFID Lab, Auburn University

Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and received his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas and now supervises day-to-day operations of the RFOD Lab, which moved to Auburn. The RFID Lab conducts studies on the business benefits of RFID in retail and other sectors.

Selwyn Piramuthu

Professor of Information Systems, University of Florida

Selwyn Piramuthu is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Florida, where he has taught since Fall 1991. Trained in machine learning, his interests include cryptography with applications related to IoT/RFID, privacy/security, retailing, supply/cold chain management, among others. His (co-authored with Wei Zhou) book, RFID and Sensor Network Automation in the Food Industry, was published by Wiley in 2016.

Samad Rostampour

Professor, Vanier College

Samad Rostampour is a professor at Vanier College in Montreal/Canada. He was Postdoctoral researcher and currently is IT director at IoT Laboratory of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He works in the design and the implementation of RFID/IoT systems. Prior to join the IoT Lab., Samad completed his Ph.D. in computer systems architecture where he worked on the security of RFID systems.

Dieter Uckelmann

Professor, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart

Dr. Dieter Uckelmann is a full professor at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT) in Germany as well as guest professor at the University of Parma in Italy. He received his doctorate at the University of Bremen in the field of production engineering on the topic of “Quantifying the Value of RFID and the EPCglobal Architecture Framework in Logistics”. His research focuses on applications in the Internet of Things in the areas of Industry 4.0, logistics and smart buildings, as well as on the valuation of information. From 2005 to the beginning of 2012 he was managing director of the LogDynamics Lab at the University of Bremen and he is co-editor of the International Journal of RF-Technologies: Research and Applications. Prior to his academic career, he has been managing director of several companies in the ICT sector.

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John Aloysius

President of the POMS College of Behavioral Operations

John Aloysius has research interests in retail technology. His publications have appeared or will appear in Decision Sciences, Information Systems Research, International Journal of RF Technologies, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, Production and Operations Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and other journals. His research has been sponsored by Walmart Stores Inc., the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and APICS the Association for Supply Chain Management. He is a member or has been a member of CSCMP, DSI, INFORMS, POMS, and SJDM and is currently the president of the POMS College of Behavioral Operations. He serves on the promotion and tenure, and the research and human subjects committees of the Walton College, as well as the research council and institutional review board of the University of Arkansas.

Harold Boeck

Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the “International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications,” a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Mike Graen

Owner, Collaboration LLC

Mike Graen was employed by Procter & Gamble from 1982 to 2008. He joined P&G after receiving a bachelor’s degree in information systems and an MBA in management from the University of Cincinnati. He held numerous roles at P&G, including within foodservice and lodging products systems, and as corporate data center Manager, and systems manager for the Cape Girardeau Paper Plant. In 1989, Mike was assigned as the global technology leader for P&G on the first Walmart Global Customer Team. His role was to lead the information technology organization to align P&G and Walmart systems on a worldwide basis. This resulted in the global implementation of Electronic Data Information (EDI) systems, development of Walmart’s Retail Link, and the promotion of the Global Data Sharing Network (GDSN) to drive sales and reduce costs. He joined Walmart in 2008, where he led the Supplier Collaboration Board — a supplier/ retailer forum for directing logistics and information technology between Walmart and suppliers. He was responsible for the RFID/EPC technology at Walmart, from a business point-of-view. Mike joined CROSSMARK in November 2013 as V.P. of Collaboration. He led the development of the Center for Collaboration. In June of 2015, Mike returned to Walmart to be a consultant in the retail technology area. His focus is to develop a strategy for On-Shelf Availability (OSA) by leveraging RFID, Robotics and Electronic shelf labels. He is currently serving as a consultant to Walmart in this capacity.

Dr. Bill Hardgrave

Dean, Auburn University College of Business

Dr. Bill Hardgrave is Dean and Wells Fargo Professor, College of Business. Prior to his appointment at Auburn University, Dr. Hardgrave was professor of Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, and served as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the RFID Research Center.

Antonio Rizzi

Director, RFID Lab, University of Parma

Since 2005, Antonio Rizzi has been employed as full professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Parma. His scientific interests are mainly related to logistics and supply chain management. In the last years, his research has focused on the application of advanced automatic identification and data sharing technologies for supply chain management, such as RFID. He has worked with major food companies in Europe testing RFID temperature sensors and with major Italian fashion houses to explore RFID’s potential to reduce counterfeiting.

Samad Rostampour

Professor, Vanier College

Samad Rostampour is a professor at Vanier College in Montreal/Canada. He was Postdoctoral researcher and currently is IT director at IoT Laboratory of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He works in the design and the implementation of RFID/IoT systems. Prior to join the IoT Lab., Samad completed his Ph.D. in computer systems architecture where he worked on the security of RFID systems.

Senthilkumar C.P.

Director of Technology, RFID lab at Auburn University

Senthilkumar C.P., Ph.D., is the Director of Technology for the RFID lab at Auburn University, a unique collaboration platform that involves end users, suppliers, technology providers, standards organizations, industry groups, and academic institutions on a global scale. He has researched, advised, and executed projects that is enabling efficient adoption of RFID and Sensor fusion in retailing, aerospace, manufacturing, and transportation. Senthil’s work has focused on the common goal of making the adaptation of emerging technologies more secure, efficient, reliable and useful.

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