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RFID Journal Awards 2009

Showcasing the best of the RFID Industry

The 2009 Judges

Our distinguished panel of independent RFID experts will judge all RFID Journal Awards submissions. We have chosen judges with no financial interests in choosing 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. Five judges will evaluate entries in each category.

Most Innovative Use of RFID

Harold Boeck
Professor, Universite de Sherbrooke

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Universite de Sherbrooke. He shares responsibility for the master's program in Management of e-Commerce. His research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop supply chain environments. He is also a member of the editorial board of the "International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications," a new research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional, a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Stephen Miles
Research Affiliate, Auto-ID Labs at MIT
Stephen Miles leads the Auto-ID Network Research Special Interest Group, a research consortium at Auto-ID Labs formed to address industry requirements for exchanging Electronic Product Code and sensor data among participants in collaborative supply chains. He interacts extensively with the industry, including consulting in areas related to research in shared business processes, services-oriented architecture and netcentric operations. He is a frequent contributor to RFID Journal and speaks regularly at RFID and technical events.

Pankaj Sood
Founder and Manager, McMaster RFID Applications Lab
As the manager of the McMaster RFID Applications Lab, Pankaj Sood is responsible for leading some of the key projects and developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with industry partners, key government organizations and other academic institutes. He has worked on and provided advice on RFID projects in multiple industries, including health care, retail and transportation. He is also actively engaged in looking at the privacy and security issues surrounding proposed RFID applications.

J.T. (Tom) Cain
Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Professor J.T. Cain received the B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, 1966, and 1970. He is currently a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests are in the system-on-a-chip, with emphasis on embedded and RFID Systems.  In addition to his research, he has been an active contributor to and office holder in a variety of professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.

Bob Hoheisal
Founder and managing director, RFID Training and Research Center at Texas State Technical College
Bob Hoheisal has developed training partnerships with other technology experts at Texas State Technical College, resulting in the integration of RFID concepts into a wide range of disciplines. His current research activities are focused on innovative solution design and tagging methodologies. Before his arrival at TSTC, he worked for an integration services company where he performed consulting services and assisted in developing RFID products. He has been involved in several projects involving both active and passive technologies. His educational background includes undergraduate degrees in information systems and logistics management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


Best RFID Implementation

Gisele Bennett
Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory – Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dr. Gisele Bennett is the director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, founder of the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech for her work in coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems. She also holds a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. She is a topical editor for Applied Optics and associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, holds a patent on Integrated Sensor Radio Frequency Identification (ISRFID) with Location. Her interest in RFID is in active tagging with integrated sensors and container security and monitoring systems.

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.

Bill Hardgrave
Director, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas

Bill HardgraveBill Hardgrave is the founder and director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, a facility created in June 2005 to perform research in three primary areas: technology deployment, data analytics and business cases for deploying RFID. Hardgrave has worked extensively on a variety of RFID projects with companies from the retail, manufacturing, transportation and information industries. He has also served as executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute at the university's Sam M. Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, where the new facility is located. Hardgrave's current RFID research focus includes the technology's influence on out-of-stocks and RFID-enabled efficiency gains for supply-chain processes; data analytics (filtering based on business rules); and technology deployment, including read rates and testing.

Hong BongHee
Professor, Pusan National University, South Korea
Director, RF Lab, Research Institute of Logistics Information Technology, Korea
Hong BongHee is the director the RF Lab at the Research Institute of Logistics Information Technology (LIT) in Korea. He is a renown expert in RF research, most notably in the field of radio frequency identification, real time locating systems, sensor networks and ubiquitous computing. For his successful leadership at LIT, he was awarded the Excellent Enterprise and University Excellence Innovation awards in 2007. Since October 2007, he has been an associate editor of International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications.  Professor Hong has been involved with RF research since he started his carrier as a lecturer in 1987 in the Computer Science and Engineering department at Pusan National University. His vision is to develop state-of-the-art middleware for automated logistics systems. Under his supervision, LIT has developed EPCglobal-certified middleware for Application Level Events and EPC Information Services.

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.


Christian Floerkemeier
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Floerkemeier is a researcher at the MIT Auto-ID Lab. He has been involved in the standardization efforts 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 software based on the EPC Network specifications. Dr. Floerkemeier received his Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2006, Dr. Floerkemeier has been an associate director of the MIT Auto-ID Lab where he continues to lead new research in areas ranging from mobile commerce to RF simulation and robotics.

Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service

Kevin Berisso
Director, AIDC Lab, Ohio University

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. As the current director of the AIDC lab (founded in 1988), Berisso has focused the lab 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. During the summers, he is responsible for the annual AIDC Technical institute which held its 22nd offering this summer.


Daniel Engels
Founding Director, Texas Radio Frequency Innovation and Technology Center, and Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering University of Texas at Arlington
The Texas Radio Frequency Innovation and Technology Center, a multi-disciplinary, multi-university research initiative dedicated to bringing intelligence and communication capabilities to all objects by exploring the fundamental technologies of and the applications of RFID, wireless communication, and sensor network technologies and systems. The Center’s primary research focuses on healthcare and security applications and social and policy issues exposed by the adoption of wireless communication technologies and intelligent objects. Dr. Engels is the former Research Director of the Auto-ID Labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the principle architects of the EPC system, which is designed to connect physical objects to the Internet, and the principle product from the Auto-ID Center.

Tali Freed
Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department
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. Dr. Freed is the founding director of the Cal Poly multidisciplinary RFID Research and Development Laboratory. The lab is in the process of becoming Poly GAIT – The Cal Poly Center for Global Automated Identification Technologies. Dr. Freed, faculty colleagues and students have performed numerous development and implementation RFID projects for industrial partners. PolyGAIT's hands-on, project-based training has provided hundreds of well-trained engineers to the growing RFID industry.

Elgar Fleisch
Co-Chair, Auto-ID Labs, ETH Zürich / University of St. Gallen
Since October 2004, Elgar Fleisch has been the professor of information management at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zürich. He is also the professor for of technology management and director of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). In 1994, Elgar started his work at the University of St. Gallen, focusing on Business Networking. In 2000, he was accepted as an assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen. Today, he conducts research on information management issues in the ubiquitously networked world, including the dynamics of information systems in conjunction with business processes and real world problems. Together with Prof. Friedemann Mattern of the Institute of Pervasive Computing at the ETH Zürich, he leads the M-Lab and co-chairs the Auto-ID labs, which specifies the infrastructure for the "Internet of Things." And he is a co-founder of Intellion AG and a memeber of several steering committees in research, education and industry.

Dimitris Kiritsis
Computer-Aided Design & Production Lab, EPFL
Dr. Dimitris Kiritsis earned an undergraduate diploma in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1987 in mechanical engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Since 1989, he has been with the computer-aided design and production laboratory (LICP) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is active in teaching and research in the domain of modeling methods and techniques for integrated product/process/resource planning, product life cycle information modeling and transformation to knowledge. His principal research has been in methods for integrated and dynamic manufacture, assembly and disassembly process planning, modeling and simulation using Petri nets, as well as product life cycle information modeling and management. Dr. Kiritsis is the initiator and scientific coordinator of PROMISE and is implementing other international research projects in the domains of integrated product design, computer-aided process-planning modeling and closed-loop product lifecycle modeling.

Florian Michahelles
Associate Director, Auto-ID Lab St. Gallen

In addition to his work at the Auto-ID Labs, Florian Michahelles is manager of the labs of Prof. Elgar Fleisch at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zürich. His research interests include following topics centered around RFID applications, extending the EPC network for sensing capabilities, technical approaches against anti-counterfeiting, and RFID applications for the end-consumer. In December 2004, Dr. Michahelles received his PhD from ETH Zurich for his research in participative design of wearable computing applications and the development of innovative business cases for ubiquitous computing. At this time, he was a researcher in the former group of Prof. Bernt Schiele at ETH Zurich, where he worked for the EU-funded Smart-Its project lead by Prof. Hans-Werner Gellersen and the ETH-funded Wearable Computing Poly Project lead by Prof. Gerhard Tröster.

Best In Show

Dan Deavours
Research Assistant Professor, ITTC - University of Kansas;
Director of Research, RFID Alliance Lab

Daniel Deavours is a research professor at the University of Kansas' Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC). He is also a research director at the ITTC's RFID Alliance Lab, a not-for-profit testing facility that provides objective benchmarking reports on RFID equipment. The Lab leverages expertise obtained by ITTC researchers in evaluating Bluetooth technology, creating rapid deployable radio networks and various other wireless and networking projects. Deavours holds an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, as well as a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Jean-Pierre Emond
Professor, Packaging Science, University of Florida
Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D, is also co-director of the UF/IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing and Director of the RFID laboratory. He is a founding member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA) and member of the editing board of the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. His main research sectors are dealing with RFID applications in packaging, handling and transportation of perishable and pharmaceutical products. He is currently leading 18 research and pilot projects related to RFID applications in the food, pharmaceutical and transportation industries.


Marlin H. Mickle
Professor of Industrial Engineering; Executive Director, RFID Center of Excellence
Professor Mickle is the 1988 Recipient of the Systems Research and Cybernetics Award of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics and Life Fellow of the IEEE. In 2005, he won the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Corporate Innovation and the Pitt Innovation Award. His research, development and educational activities have been supported by more than 115 grants and/or contracts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation, United States Army, NASA, Department of Commerce, Electric Power Research Institute, Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, DARPA and other prestigious companies.

Justin Patton
Director, RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas
Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and is currently concluding his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center and now supervises day-to-day operations of the center, which is the only academic EPCglobal accredited RFID lab in the world. The RFID Research Center has conducted studies on the business benefits of RFID at Wal-Mart Stores and has worked with numerous companies on testing and evaluating the potential business benefits of RFID technology.

Fred Riggins
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University
Fred Riggins received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was the winner of the William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management.  Prior to joining the W.P. Carey School, he served as a faculty member at Georgia Tech, the University of Minnesota and the University of Alberta.  His teaching interests include information technology management, electronic commerce, developing markets for digital goods, and financial information systems and technology.  His research focuses on strategies for implementing interorganizational systems such as RFID, new business models for Internet-based commerce, and the implications of the digital divide for managers and businesses. He was also a judge for the RFID Journal Awards in 2007 and 2008. 

Mark Roberti
Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of intelligent 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 Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and many other publications. Prior to launching RFID Journal, Roberti was a senior writer at the Industry Standard. He has also served as the managing editor of InformationWeek. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and its executive conference, RFID Journal LIVE!, has become one of the most important gatherings of RFID vendors and end users. RFID Journal LIVE! 2008! will be held April 16-18, 2008, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

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The 2009 Judges
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Harold Boeck
Harold Boeck
Stephen Miles
Pankaj Sood
J.T. (Tom) Cain
Bob Hoheisal
Mark Roberti
Mark Roberti