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NDSU Researchers to Present at RFID Conference

Fargo, N.D. — Three NDSU researchers will be presenting at two international Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) conferences from April 30 to May 2 in Orlando, Fla.  Dr. Val Marinov, Cherish Bauer-Reich, and Layne Berge will present research at RFID Journal LIVE! and at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on RFID, to highlight NDSU technology breakthroughs.

Bauer-Reich, research engineer at NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), will present an invited talk titled “The Object is the Antenna: Use of Ferrites in On-Metal RFID Tags.” As part of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, Bauer-Reich will discuss research at CNSE to develop on-metal RFID tags that use the structure of the tagged object as the antenna.  This research has been featured in publications such as RFID Journal, R&D Magazine and Gizmag. Her talk will be part of a workshop on Enhancing Near-Metal Performance of RFID.  The workshop also features speakers from MIT, University of Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and University of Tampere in Finland.

Layne Berge, a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at NDSU, will present a paper titled “A UHF RFID Antenna for a Wireless Sensor Platform with a Near-Isotropic Radiation Pattern,” as part of the IEEE conference. 

The paper is a result of Berge’s research for his master’s thesis and was co-written with his advisor Dr. Michael Reich, senior engineer at NDSU CNSE.  The research focuses on developing spherical sensor platforms that can communicate using RFID protocols, regardless of orientation.  This is useful for sensors that cannot be deployed with a guaranteed orientation, such as those dropped from aircraft.

Dr. Val Marinov, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at NDSU, was invited to present at RFID Journal LIVE! on May 2 to discuss a “New Method for Embedding RFID in Paper that Could Reduce Counterfeiting.” Researchers at NDSU have developed a method for embedding ultrathin passive RFID chips on paper or other flexible substrates. The embedding method involves chips thinner than most commercial RFID chips on the market today. RFID-enabled paper could be used to dramatically reduce counterfeiting, as well as to improve the tracking of paper documents of all kinds. In addition, this method could enable the production of paper-based RFID tags at a cost lower than that of today's conventional RFID tags. The research has been featured in RFID Journal, as well as in numerous scientific publications.

The IEEE conference attracts international participation from researchers in industry and academia. It is held in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, the world's premier conference and exhibition focused on RFID and its many business applications. Approximately 2,500 people attend the annual event.


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