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RFID engineers and researchers to convene in Las Vegas for 2nd IEEE International RFID Conference

Latest research and job opportunities to be examined


WASHINGTON (1 April 2008)-- The second IEEE International Conference on RFID (IEEE RFID 2008) will address the technical and policy challenges of RFID technologies and examine job opportunities at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, 16-17 April.

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Keynote speaker James Farricker, senior technical fellow and chief engineer with The Boeing Co., will discuss "Boeing's RFID Unfolding Story - From Manufacturing to Maintenance" during the 16 April opening plenary. Also, Richard Kallop will present Lexmark's story on printer innovation.

RFID industry expert Anthony "Buzz" Cerino will discuss efforts to standardize aviation RFID baggage tagging during lunch that day and moderate a panel the next morning on "RFID Technology for Transportation Security Logistics."

Steven Cherry, senior associate editor at IEEE Spectrum magazine, will moderate the "Where Are the Jobs!" roundtable on 17 April. At lunch, Harry Pappas, President & CEO of the International RFID Business Roundtable, will moderate a panel examining RFID use in casinos.

Technical sessions will feature the 44 peer-reviewed technical papers that were accepted for presentation from RFID researchers around the world. In addition, four invited sessions where works in progress on applications in outer space, distributed RFID, industry and RuBee (IEEE standard 1902.1) will be discussed.

"This conference is dedicated to addressing RFID technologies, their supporting large-scale distributed information systems and their applications," said Emily Sopensky, IEEE RFID 2008 general chair. "Plus we will look at the promising career prospects for professionals interested in RFID-based jobs."

On a basic level, RFID systems use tags and readers to transmit the identity of an object or person through radio waves. The tags store information on a microchip connected to a radio antenna, while the readers emit radio waves that exchange signals with the tags. The information is then digitally transferred to a computer. RFID is short for "Radio Frequency Identification."

IEEE RFID 2008 is co-located with RFID Journal Live! executive conference and exhibition (

IEEE-USA and the IEEE TAB New Technology Directions Committee ( are financial co-sponsors for IEEE RFID 2008. IEEE-USA President Russ Lefevre chairs the committee.

IEEE RFID 2008 is funded in part by a U.S. Army Research Office grant of $5,000, which represents eight percent of the total estimated cost of the conference.


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