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Department of Computer Science Colloquium
2005 Series

Recent Advances in RFID Technology and Its Applications

Prof. Weidong Kou
Chief Architect
Software Group (AIM)
Greater China Group

Date: February 18, 2005 (Friday)
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: SCT909, Cha Chi Ming Science Tower, Ho Sin Hang Campus

In this talk, we will review the recent development of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, and related applications. We will first provide an overview of RFID fundamentals, including what RFID is and how RFID works. Then, we will introduce a variety of RFID developments, including that RFID mandates by the U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Drug Administration and major retailers have spotlighted the potential of this technology to optimize how assets are tracked and managed throughout the global supply chain. We will also discuss how RFID technology has been playing an increasing role in supply chain security, from E-Seals being used on containerized cargo to the authentication of healthcare products from their sources to their destinations, as well as to help ensure the integrity of shipments and to prevent the global supply chain from being used as an instrument of terror, which is of critical interest to all businesses and government officials. In the last but not the least, we will introduce the RFID technology from the industry RFID leading company, IBM, and discuss how IBM's RFID technology can help industry to achieve their business goal. In addition, we will introduce IBM's university program, under which several universities have been interested in working with IBM to develop RFID technologies.

Dr. Weidong Kou is Chief Architect and Senior Manager, IBM Software Group, Pervasive Computing, GCG, and Adjunct Professor of the University of Maryland, USA, and Xidian University, China. He was Dean of the School of Computer Science and Technology at Xidian University, and Director of Chinese State Key Laboratory of Integrated Service Networks. From August 2000 to November 2003, he was Associate Director and Principal Researcher of the E-Business Technology Institute at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Kou is Senior Member of IEEE and was elected as Member of New York Academy of Sciences in 1992. He was the recipient of 2004 Friendship Award, the most prestigious award for a foreign citizen from Chinese National Government. Dr. Kou has authored/edited 8 books and published over 70 papers on journals and conferences. He also authored 9 US/Canadian issued/pending patents. He has also served as Associate Editor for International Journal of Information Technology and Education, a member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and a Guest Editor for special issues on e-commerce for International Journal of Digital Libraries. He was the General Chair of 2004 IEEE International Conference on E-commerce Technology for Dynamic E-Business.

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