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.


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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Important Dates

Paper Submission:  January 25th, 2021 February 1st, 2021
Acceptance: March 15th, 2021
Final Paper Submission: April 5th, 2021
Conference: April 27-29th, 2021


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