Background knowledge expected of the participants:

No background knowledge is required of the participants as a primer on RFID technology will be presented in the tutorial.

A presentation of RFID: Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been considered as “one of the most pervasive computing technologies in history” (Roberts, 2006 p. 56). However, RFID concept is not new. It is a wireless Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) that uses radio waves to identify “tagged” product without human intervention. RFID adoption is moving from niches applications such as antitheft systems, luggage tracking systems in airports, electronic toll collection systems (Smith and Konsynki, 2003), mobile commerce (Fosso Wamba et al., 2007) to more broader applications such as warehouse and supply chain optimization (Lefebvre et al., 2006).


The main objective of the tutorial is to present an academic methodology that uses modelling and simulation to evaluate the impact of RFID technology on organisations. A primer on the technology will also be presented as if to widespread use is rather recent. Moreover, we are going to discuss some challenges and problems which can arise during a RFID technology implementation.


3 hours


Habib Hamam obtained the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in information processing from the Technical University of Munich, Germany 1988 and 1992, and the PhD degree in Physics and applications in telecommunications from Universite de Rennes I conjointly with France Telecom Graduate School, France 1995. He also obtained a postdoctoral diploma, “Accreditation to Supervise Research in Signal Processing and Telecommunications”, from Universite de Rennes I in 2004. He is currently a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Universite de Moncton and a Canada Research Chair holder in “Optics in Information and Communication Technologies”. He is an IEEE senior member and a registered professional engineer in New-Brunswick. He is among others associate editor of the IEEE Canadian Review, member of the editorial boards of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing ? John Wiley & Sons ? and of Journal of Computer Systems, Networking, and Communications ? Hindawi Publishing Corporation. His research interests are in optical telecommunications, Wireless Communications, diffraction, fiber components, optics of the eye, RFID, Human-Machine interaction and E-Learning. Habib Hamam is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional.