This is very much an “insider tradition” to the IEEE RFID conference, but every year Pavel Nikitin composes an original tune (usually tinged with Russian folk music influence). We typically play this tune at the conference banquet. Although he was not present for this year’s conference, below is a link to the 2019 composition about not waiting until the last minute to make your conference presentation.
After the recent cancellation of Apple’s rollout of the AirPower, the wireless charging solution for the many different personal iDevices we have all bought over the years, there has been a lot of speculation about why these charging technologies have been so difficult to launch. A recent WSJ article by Joanna Stern presents a nice article about the difficulties (and quotes a GT emag prof as well). You can read the rest of the article in the Wall Street Journal here “Apple Didn’t Solve Our Horrible Gadget-Charging Mess and Nobody Else Has, Either.”
The author does a good job of explaining (with PlayDoh) some lay-physics about why wireless charge mats are so difficult to achieve:
Dr. Francesco Amato, currently at the University of Rome, was named the recipient of the inaugural Clive Hohberger Technology Award by the Advancing Identification Matters (AIM) industry organization. This award is given annually to scientists and engineers who are pioneers of disruptive technology in the RFID industry. Francesco was honored for his Georgia Tech PhD research in the field of Quantum Tunnel Reflectors (completed in 2017) which scatter signals to radios over remarkably long distances using very little power. The award was presented at the AIM partnership breakfast on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 during the RFID Journal LIVE! trade show in Phoenix, AZ. The photograph shows Francesco receiving the award from its namesake, Dr. Clive Hohberger.
From the AIM website:
The award was named to honor the lifetime contributions of Dr. Clive Hohberger, prolific inventor, collaborator and executive who has become an internationally renowned industry leader. It will recognize scientists, engineers, software developers or systems integrators for outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the industry through important applications and new technological developments.
Our friend at the SPAN (Sensors and Processing Across Networks) Lab have recently moved to the University of Washington at St. Louis. Founded by Prof. Neal Patwari, the group originally started at the University of Utah. Check out their website here. The SPAN lab and GTPG have worked together on several memorable collaborations, including attachable sensor/antenna combos that can be stuck to the exterior of buildings and monitor interior movement.
Fun fact: the first research paper published by Prof. Patwari and the first research paper published by Prof. Durgin were … the same paper!