Call For Papers, Notes, and Posters

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is an exciting multidisciplinary field with numerous applications. The 2016 IEEE International Conference on RFID is the premier conference for exchanging all technical research in RFID. The conference attendance boasts an outstanding mix of practitioners and researchers from industry and academia. IEEE RFID 2016 is an opportunity to share, discuss, and witness research results in all areas of RFID technologies and their applications.

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on RFID is seeking original, high-impact research submissions on RFID-related topics:

  • Papers: significant contributions to research and practice in all aspects of RFID.
  • Notes: (NEW FOR 2016!) brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy.
  • Posters: RFID-related technical work. Presented on the RFIDJournal Live! trade floor for the entire duration of the conference!

Both papers and notes will be submitted for publication in major journals including IEEE Xplore® (see below).

Topic Areas

  • Antennas & Propagation: Antenna theory and designs, channel measurements and modeling, including MIMO, UWB and hybrid RFID
  • Applications & Software: RFID software, middleware, network applications, scientific studies on operational experience of RFID applications, unconventional RF “identification”
  • Circuits, Devices, & Readers: Circuit designs, reader architecture, non-silicon and chipless RFID, multi-reader coordination and interference reduction
  • Energy Harvesting & Wireless Power: Ambient RF harvesting, efficiency improvements, power-optimized waveforms, kinetic, thermal, optical, and other power-harvesting methods
  • Internet of Things (IoT) & Next-Gen Physical Layer: RFID-enabled devices, IoT/RFID system architectures, MIMO, hybrid and UWB RFID systems, novel networking and communication concepts
  • Localization: Performance bounds, novel system approaches, technologies, and algorithms in RFID tag and reader localization, RF tomography and environmental sensing
  • Protocols & Security: Coding, anti-collision, cryptography and privacy-enhancing techniques, medium/multiple access schemes
  • Sensors: Integration of sensors with RFID tags, including active, passive, or chipless mechanisms; RFID sensor modeling and analysis, new sensors for RFID

If your topic does not fit one of the above groups or are unsure which topic to select, please contact the Technical Program Chair here.

Submission Guidelines

Papers and Notes are expected to be scientific, high-impact works that will be read and cited worldwide. Posters are preliminary work not yet mature for a full paper or note. Presenting at IEEE RFID conferences is the preeminent way to get publicity and coverage for high-quality work on RFID, IoT, and wireless sensors research. Papers and notes will be published in the IEEE RFID 2016 conference proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore®. Accepted papers and notes will also be submitted for indexing through EI CompendexScienceDirectScopusWeb of Knowledge,Thomson ISI, and IET Inspec.

Accepted papers and notes are chosen on these criteria (in order of importance):

  • Originality
  • Importance of the problem
  • Technical merit
  • Clarity
  • Potential impact of results

Papers are scientific, high-impact works. Accepted and presented papers at IEEE RFID 2016 are read and cited worldwide. Accepted papers typically have between 4-8 pages, including references, although this is not a requirement. Authors of accepted papers will present their work in a paper track in a 22-minute time slot. In past RFID conferences, the acceptance ratio for papers was in the range of 20-40%. Authors of papers are encouraged to create a poster and present alongside the RFID industry (see more below). It is not necessary to submit a separate poster abstract. Your paper submission is sufficient.

Notes (New!) cover preliminary or exploratory work within RFID. They report smaller projects or results not mature enough for a full paper; Alternatively, they present any other research that would generate discussion and benefit from our open forum. The acceptance criteria for notes is the same as for papers but less stringent. Submitted notes must have a minimum of 2 pages of content, not including references. There is a maximum 4-page limit for notes, although most notes are expected to span between 3-4 pages total, including references. Authors of notes are expected to present their paper in short, casual presentations within a 15-minute time slot. In addition, authors of notes are required to present their work in poster format on the trade show floor (see more below). It is not necessary to submit a separate poster abstract. Your note submission is sufficient.

Posters cover technical RFID-related work, applications, studies, and projects. Poster submissions are judged on relevancy to RFID and clarity. To submit as a poster author (instead of a paper or note author), submit a poster abstract up to 2 pages maximum, including references; The references should take up less than a half-page. In past RFID conferences, the typical acceptance rate on poster submissions was 80-95%.

Poster presenters get to present their poster on the trade show floor of RFID Journal Live! 2016. You will get to interact side-by-side with the RFID industry, engineers, scientists, and academicians interactively for the whole duration of the conference. It is encouraged, although not required, that poster presenters bring their equipment and present an interactive demonstration for conference attendees.

IEEE RFID 2016 accepts paper, note, and poster submissions formatted in the IEEE conference style. Papers will be reviewed in a double-blind review process and submitted for publishing if accepted and presented at the conference. Submissions must be original and may not be under consideration elsewhere. IEEE RFID will not tolerate scholarly misconduct in any form. Cases of multiple publications and plagiarism will be handled according to IEEE policies and procedures.

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Important Dates

  • Paper and note submissions due: January 4, 2016
  • Workshop proposals due: January 29, 2016
  • Paper and note notifications of acceptance: February 23, 2016
  • Poster submissions due: February 29, 2016
  • Poster notifications of acceptance: March 8, 2016
  • All publication-ready versions due: March 18, 2016
  • Conference: May 3-5, 2016 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA

Technical Program Committee

  • TPC Chair:
    • Pavel Nikitin (USA), Honeywell
  • TPC Co-Chairs:
    • Antennas and Propagation: Joshua Griffin (USA), Northwest Nazarene University
    • Applications and Software: Damith Ranasinghe (Australia), University of Adelaide
    • Circuits, Devices, and Interrogators: Stewart Thomas (USA), Valparaiso University
    • Energy Harvesting & Wireless Power: Chris Valenta (USA), Georgia Tech Research Institute
    • Internet of Things & Next-Generation Physical Layer: Shyam Gollakota (USA), University of Washington
    • Localization: Michael Goller (Austria), CTO at Enso Detego
    • Protocols and Security: Hessam Mahdavifar (USA), Samsung AND Nitesh Saxena (USA) University of Alabama
    • Sensors: Alanson Sample (USA), Disney Research
  • IEEE RFID 2016 General Chairs:
    • Daniel Arnitz (USA), University of Washington
    • Gisele Bennett (USA), Georgia Tech Research Institute

Conference Guide



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Included Tutorial

Design and Measurement of CMOS RF-DC Energy Harvesting Circuits

bd Dr. Murat Eskiyerli, Revolution Semiconductor

This tutorial starts from the first principles and covers the single and multi-stage CMOS RF to DC rectifier design, efficiency, the simulation methodology and the measurement methods for the chip input impedance — a prerequisite for the design of the optimum tag antenna.

Included Tutorial

Reverse Engineering a Passive UHF RFID Tag

bd Dr. Brian Degnan,
Georgia Tech

Passively-powered RFID tags are limited by the energy in the carrier wave, and custom ASIC implementations give the maximum flexibility and power performance, but at an increase in design time.  This tutorial will give an overview of the circuit requirements for a theoretical tag that was reverse engineered from the Gen2 specification.

Included Workshop

Writing Better Papers and More Successful Proposals

Organized by Shahriar Mirabbasi

Learn the do’s and don’ts for writing better technical papers and more successful grant proposals. Learn views and tips on how to avoid common mistakes that often result in a speedy rejection. And, maybe most importantly, learn how to maximize ethics and minimize honest mistakes like accidental plagiarism.

Financial Sponsor: CRFID