The fourth International EURASIP Workshop on RFID Technology
RFID 2012
EURASIP IEEE - Italy Section Italian Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society IEEE Antenna & Propagation Electron Devices Microwave Theory & Techniques Italy Chapter (North) Polito ISMB CPS

RF Tag Sensing for Entertainment Applications

Joshua Griffin


Radio frequency (RF) tags can be used in a wide variety of applications in the entertainment industry. In many such applications, it is desirable to do more than just identify a tag; it is desired to sense a tag's position or use a tag to interact with people, for example. This talk will present several projects at Disney Research, Pittsburgh that involve RF tags operating in the presence of or being directly manipulated by people. These projects include an active tag for non-line-of-sight radiolocation and a sensor to wirelessly sense the curvature, or bend, of an object using modulated backscatter. The motivation, overview of the technical details, and challenges for these projects will be discussed.

Biography: Joshua Griffin

Joshua Griffin received the B.S. degree in engineering from LeTourneau University in 2003, and the MSECE and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2005 and 2009, respectively. In 2004, he joined the Propagation Group at Georgia Tech where he researched UHF and microwave propagation for backscatter radio. He received the Graduate Research Assistant Excellence Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Georgia Tech in 2009. He has been with the Radio and Antennas Group at Disney Research, Pittsburgh since 2009 where he pursues his research interests in radio wave propagation, radiolocation, applied electromagnetics, and backscatter radio.

Joshua Griffin
Disney Research, USA

Industry Trends in the 13.56MHz Frequency Band

Thomas Leutgeb


The 13.56MHz frequency band has been a broadly used ISM band in the last couple of years for applications like payment, transport and identification. This talk provides and overview on industry trends in regard to existing applications and new applications strongly influenced by the NFC Ecosystem.

Biography: Thomas Leutgeb

Thomas Leutgeb was born 1972 in Bad Aussee/Austria. He received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Graz in Austria in the year 1999. He is with Infineon Austria since 1998 and was involved in several contactless platforms in different positions ranging from contactless system engineering to IC concept engineering. Presently he is assigned to Technical Marketing.

Thomas Leutgeb
Infineon Austria

Pervasive Sensing by means of Passive UHF RFID Technology

Gaetano Marrocco

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Things equipped with electronic labels having both identification and sensing capability could naturally be turned into digital entities in the framework of the Internet of Things. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology offers the natural background to achieve such functionalities, provided that the basic physics governing the sensing and electromagnetic interaction phenomena are fully exploited. The sensing of Things is here reviewed from an electromagnetic perspective with the purpose of showing how advanced performance may be achieved by means of low-cost batteryless devices. A possible classification of basic sensing modalities is introduced, and many ideas, at different stages of maturity, are then discussed with the help of examples ranging from the sensing of non-living Things up to the more challenging sensing of Humans and the new possibilities offered by multi-chip tags.

Biography: Gaetano Marrocco

Gaetano Marrocco was born in Teramo, Italy, on August 29, 1969. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (Laurea cum Laude and Academic Honour) and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Electromagnetics from the University of L'Aquila, Italy, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. Since 1997, he has been a Researcher at the University of Rome "TorVergata," Rome, Italy, where he currently teaches Antenna Design and Medical Radio-Systems, manages the Antenna Lab, the RFID Lab and is Advisor in the Geo-Information PhD program. In October 2010 he achieved the degree of Associate Professor of Electromagnetic.
In 1994, he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain as a Postgraduate Student. In 1999, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Imperial College in London, U.K. In 2008 he joined the PhD program of the University of Grenoble (FR).
His research is mainly directed to the modelling and design of broadband and ultra wideband (UWB) antennas and arrays as well as of sensor-oriented miniaturized antennas for Biomedicine, Aeronautics and Radiofrequency Identification (RFID). Prof. Marrocco has been involved in several Space, Avionic, Naval and Vehicular programs of the European Space Agency, NATO, Italian Space Agency, and the Italian Navy about the analysis and the design of non-conventional antennas and systems over platforms.
He holds eight patents on broadband naval antennas and structural arrays, and on sensor RFID systems.
Currently, he serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, and as member of Technical Program Committee of IEEE RFID, IEEE IMS and ISABEL.
In 2008 he was the General Chairman of the first Italian multidisciplinary scientific workshop on RFID: RFIDays-2008: Emerging Technology for Radiofrequency Identification. He was the co-chair of the RFIDays-2010 International Workshop in Finland and Chairman of the Local Committee of the V European Conference on Antennas and Propagation.
In 2011 he was nominated Vice-Chair of the Italian delegation URSI Commission D: Electronics and Photonics.

Gaetano Marrocco
PhD, Associate Professor
University of Roma Tor Vergata
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