Topic Areas

IEEE RFID 2021 is an opportunity to share, discuss, and witness research results across all technical areas of RFID research:

  • Antenna design and characterization
  • Channel measurements and modeling
  • MIMO, UWB and hybrid RFIDs
  • Circuit design and characterization for readers and tags
  • Energy harvesting and wireless power transfer
  • Ambient RF harvesting
  • Next-generation RFID applications
  • Networking and communication concepts
  • Coding and modulation schemes
  • RFID software, middleware, and protocols
  • Cybersecurity, cryptography and privacy-enhancing techniques, anti-counterfeiting
  • Chipless RFID technology
  • RFID-enabled localization systems
  • Multi-reader coordination and interference reduction
  • Modeling, simulation, and implementation of RFID-based systems
  • Active tags
  • Smart and programmable tags
  • Near Field Communications (NFC)
  • RFID sensors
  • Millimeter-wave identification and sensing
  • Wearable and biomedical applications
  • RF tomography and environmental sensing
  • RFID applications in healthcare, precision agriculture, transportation, safety, security, inventory management, logistics, fashion, and retail
  • RFID for Smart Cities
  • RFID manufacturing processes, 3D and inkjet printing
  • Green technologies for RFID
  • RFID-based infrastructures for Internet of Things
  • RFID for Industry 4.0

Topics are grouped into 10 main tracks:

  • Antennas & Propagation: Antenna theory and designs. MIMO, UWB and hybrid RFID tag antennas. Channel measurements and modeling.
  • Applications & Software: RFID software, middleware, and network applications. Scientific studies on operational experience of RFID applications.
  • Circuits, Devices & Readers: Circuit designs and reader architectures. Non-silicon and chipless RFIDs. Multi-reader coordination and interference reduction.
  • Digital Twin Parallel Intelligence: Integrating multidisciplinary and multiphysical data for Digital Twins through RFIDs.
  • Protocols & Security: Coding, anti-collision, cryptography and privacy-enhancing techniques. Medium and/or multiple access schemes.
  • Next-Gen. RFIDs: RFID-enabled devices. IoT/RFID system architectures. MIMO, hybrid and UWB RFID systems. Microwave and mmWave RFIDs. Novel networking and communication concepts. Use of RFID and its enabling technologies beyond identification.
  • RFID in Healthcare IoT: Wearable RFID tags integrated within or embroidered onto textiles. Epidermal and bio-integrated RFID tags for on-skin placement. Implantable RFID tags for integration inside prosthesis and endoscopic capsules. RFIDs to monitor rehabilitation. Propagation channels for body-centric RFID networks. Measurement technology for on-body RFIDs.  
  • Sensors: Integration of sensors with RFID tags, including active, passive, or chipless mechanisms. New sensors for RFIDs. RFID sensor modeling and analysis.
  • Wireless Energy Harvesting: Ambient RF harvesting and efficiency improvements. Power-optimized waveforms, kinetic, thermal, optical, and other power-harvesting methods. 
  • Wireless Motion Caption and Fine Scale Localization: Performance bounds, novel system approaches, technologies, and algorithms in RFID tag and reader for localization, ranging, motion capture, and RF tomography.

The paper submission deadline has passed, but poster submissions will be accepted until March 22nd, 2021.
For more information, see the call for posters page.

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Papers for which a presenting Author is registered and has paid the registration fee by the set deadline will be scheduled for presentation, included in the Conference Proceedings, and published on IEEE Xplore¬©. A Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of RFID will promote the most important results presented at the conference.

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Registration for the conference is now open. See Registration page for more info.

Important Dates

Paper Submission:  Jan. 25, 2021 Feb. 1, 2021 Feb. 8, 2021
Paper Acceptance: Mar. 15, 2021 Mar. 16, 2021
Poster Submission: Mar. 22, 2021
Poster Acceptance: Mar. 29, 2021
Final Paper Submission: Apr. 5, 2021
Video Submission: Apr. 20, 2021 Apr. 22, 2021
Conference: Apr. 27-29, 2021


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