Singapore-Taiwan Joint RFID Research Seminar

Date: 19 Jun 2009 - 19 Jun 2009

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Increasingly, manufacturers, retailers, logistic providers are requiring advanced capabilities in real-time operational visibility to increase efficiency and optimise business processes leading to reduction in costs, delays, cycle times and waste and increase in throughput. The growing need for real-time visibility is driving research interest in advanced RFID and sensor technology around the globe including Singapore and Taiwan. This seminar is a joint effort between Singapore National RFID Centre and Taiwan National RFID Centre to promote RFID technology. In this seminar, you will learn about some interesting research areas on advanced RFID technologies.

1) Reliable Middleware Framework for Mobile RFID Applications by Prof Chen Jiann-Liang
RFID middleware must commonly process large amounts of data, possibly causing overloading and data errors. Therefore, RFID middleware applications require reliable and load-balancing mechanisms. Advances in RFID technology enable that amounts of objects will be identified. The complexity of the system will increase when the system is used to deal with the identified data. The data must be filtered and screened using an ALE (Application Level Events) middleware mechanism, and then sent back to information systems. A highly reliable ALE platform based on EPCglobal standard specifications is designed herein. The developed middleware consists of three layers: the Application Integration Layer, the Data Monitoring & Management Layer, and the Device Monitoring & Management Layer. This talk highlights the designed middleware with applications.

2) Miniature Antennas for RFID and Wireless Applications by Prof Yang Chang-Fa
In this talk, miniature antennas for RFID and wireless applications will be presented. Particularly, a miniature antenna for a passive UHF RFID tag has been designed to fabricate a chip tag, which may be built in a portable device. Also, measurements in an anechoic chamber at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) have been performed to evaluate the readable range of the chip tag. This miniature tag may be flexibly built in a portable device to allow long-range reading. Also, for 2.4GHz ISM band applications, an antenna effective in both radiation performance and space requirement is a critical part of the portable devices. A chip antenna without an empty area for 2.4GHz ISM band applications will be discussed. Some other antenna designs and also measurement facilities at Taiwan Tech will also be presented. 

3) Interaction models in EPCDS and the security implications by Dr Li Tieyan  

EPC Discovery Services (EPCDS) are being defined and specified in EPCglobal discovery joint action group. At this moment, different interaction models between clients, resources and intermediaries are considered. Depending on the impacts of security, performance and scalability, several possible models are proposed and compared. While there is no single solution suitable for all kinds of supply chains, choices can be made according to the types of supply chains, such as friendly community supply chains, strongly competitive and highly regulated supply chains. To mitigate the security issues, various security techniques are to be used to address specific problems and protect the security properties.

4) Economic Slowdown: Opportunities for the APAC RFID Industry by Ms Pura Oswall
This presentation examines some of the areas which show strong opportunities for the Asia Pacific RFID industry during the current financial crisis in 2009. A brief introduction is provided on the economic climate and the environment scan of the RFID industry before analysing five differing areas which show strong possibilities for stakeholders in this industry to consider. We will talk about current and future opportunities in this technology, especially when the global economy is experiencing one of the worst financial crisis' in modern times.

About the Speakers 
Professor Chen Jiann-Liang was born in Taiwan on December 15, 1963. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 1989. Since August 1997, he has been at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering of National Dong Hwa University, where he is a professor and Vice Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Professor Chen is to join the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, as a full professor now. His current research interests are cellular mobility management, digital home networks, personal communication systems and ubiquitous computing.

Dr Yang Chang-Fa received the BS degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1983, and the MS and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University, Columbus in 1988 and 1992, respectively, with a major in Electromagnetics at ElectroScience Laboratory. In February 1992, he joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), and has been a full professor since 1999. He has been the director of Communication and Electromagnetic Technology Center since 2005 and the associate director of RFID Education and Research Center since 2007 at Taiwan Tech. His research interests include RFID, antenna design, wave propagation, and electromagnetic compatibility. Particularly in those studies, simulation tools for wave propagation in indoor, tunnel, urban, terrain environments have been developed. Also, miniaturised chip antennas for wireless communications and radio/TV broadcasting have been designed for commercial applications, and RF front-ends for radio frequency identification (RFID) in the UHF and HF bands have been studied.

Dr Li Tieyan is currently a principal investigator at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R, A*STAR). He obtained his PhD degree in 2003 at School of Computing, NUS, Singapore. He has been with I2R since Oct. 2001, and is active in academic security research fields with 60+ journal and conference publications and a few patents. Prior to this, he had solid working experiences on practical system developments such as networking, system integration and software programming. Dr Li has served as the associate editor, PC member and reviewer for many security conferences and journals. His areas of research are in applied cryptography and network security. Particularly, he has been dedicated to RFID security for 3 years with a number of funded R&D projects.

Ms Parul Oswal is an Industry Analyst for RFID and security in Frost & Sullivan's APAC office, based out of Singapore. Her focus is in market studies and strategic analysis of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) and security markets in the Asia Pacific region. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in July 2004, Parul has completed several research studies and consulting projects on RFID and security. During the course of her career in Frost & Sullivan, Parul has done a number of research and consulting projects for various local and foreign clients including; White paper on RFID in healthcare market in ASEAN and Australia Markets, and RFID in the automotive/ livestock/ transportation industry, North Asia RFID tags study, Thailand RFID markets, Opportunity assessment of the contactless & proximity (Cards and Readers) market in selected APAC Countries, Australia RFID market study, Malaysia RFID market study, Singapore RFID market study, New Zealand RFID market study, Strategic analysis of Australia and New Zealand Smart Cards market, Asia Pacific Video Surveillance markets, APAC IP Video Surveillance markets, etc. Parul has received acclaim for her research through articles and quotes published in RFID Update, Bangkok Post (Thailand), RFID News online (AU), Technology and Business Magazine (AU), Business review weekly (ANZ), High tech Aid, @RFID Focus, A&S security magazine, to name a few. She has also spoken at various international conferences, and been a faculty for RFID master classes conducted by RFIDba, Interphex, RTI and has conducted several Analyst Briefing webinars.





Reliable Middleware Framework for Mobile RFID Applications by Prof Chen Jiann-Liang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology


Miniature Antennas for RFID and Wireless Applications by Prof Yang Chang-Fa, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology


Tea Break & Networking


Interaction Models in EPCDS and the Security Implications by Dr Li Tieyan, Institute for Infocomm Research


Economic Slowdown: Opportunities for the APAC RFID Industry by Ms Pura Oswall, Frost and Sullivan





Who Should Attend
• Technical Directors 
• Directors, Head of Enterprise Architecture 
• Directors, Heads of System Development 
• Project Architects 
• Research Scientists 
• RFID System Integrators 
• RFID Technology Resellers / Distributors 
• Senior Consultants
• Academics

Target Sectors: 
• Retail/ CPG
• Pharmaceutical
• Healthcare 
• Manufacturing 
• Logistics, warehousing, supply chain, distribution 
• Aerospace /Aviation 
• Defense 
• Tourism/Hospitality 
• Government / Public Service 

On-line Registration 
Registration for this seminar is free of charge and seats are confirmed on a first-come, first served basis. 

Registration closing date: 12 June 2009

For registration of National RFID Centre membership, please sign up at

For technical enquiry, please contact Mr Wang Shing Chai, Email:; Tel: 6793 8342; or Dr John Gan Oon Peen, Email:; Tel: 6793 8335