The Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA)


Creating a network of excellence among international RF Labs

What is the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA)?

The GRFLA is a confederation of RF-focused labs from across the globe. Charter members include labs from the United States, Italy, Germany, Korea and China. The purpose of the GRFLA is to provide a mechanism for communication and collaboration among the RF labs. Currently, there is no formal method for RF labs to communicate or collaborate. As RF technologies become more pervasive, both across industries and globally, it will become increasingly more important for research to expand beyond individual labs. GRFLA members agree to share resources, such as students and professors, and collaborate (as appropriate) on research projects. Each participating lab will maintain its own identity, yet hold membership in the GRFLA.

Why is the GRFLA needed?

There are a growing number of RF labs throughout the world and, although each is doing great work, there is little collaboration among the labs.  This lack of communication and collaboration often results in duplicate research and sub-optimization of research funding.  Also, as RF technology expands by industry and globally, it becomes increasingly difficult for individual labs to handle projects of sufficient magnitude.  The GRFLA will provide the mechanism for members to collaborate on major projects.

Call for Papers

Dear colleague,
considering your research in related areas, you are cordially invited to submit your papers to the
International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications
The International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications (IJRFT) is edited by IOS Press, and is an international peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original research, case studies or review papers related to the application of RFID tecnologies to business processes, in several industries. The journal is endorsed by the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA), a network of RFID Labs operating wordwide. With the increasing interest in RFID technology, the members of GRFLA welcome new RFID research centers to join the alliance, up to a maximum size of 20 members. New members are expected to participate actively in the research activities and to financially support their own involvement, although joining the GRFLA does not require an annual fee. Both academics and industrial labs will be considered. To demonstrate their research activity toward RFID technology, the proponents should have at least two papers published (or awaiting for publication) on the IJRFT. Papers submitted to IJRFT by a member of GRFLA wil be subject to a simplified and quick review process.
IJRFT will establish a forum for exchanging information and research results regarding RFID technology deployment, data analytics, and business value creation. For technology deployment, articles should focus on how to deploy the technology to ultimately create business value. Potential technologies that will be covered in the journal include RFID, Real time location sensing (RTLS), Near-field communication (NFC), and RF-based sensors. For data analytics, the journal will publish articles that focus on how and where to capture the data (e.g. real-time, at the device, on the server etc.), present approaches for finding patterns in the data which may reveal process anomalies or areas for improvement, and examine the development and use of software related to RFID technologies. Ultimately, all articles should have a clear link to the creation of business value. Business value is taken in its broadest context as the management, operational or supporting set of linked activities that create value by transforming an input into a more valuable output. It can thus be transferred to different industries or different business functions, including retail, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, public administration and logistics providers, among others.
Antonio Rizzi Prof. Ph.D.
RFID Lab - University of Parma  (Italy)
Bill C. Hardgrave - College of Business, University of Auburn (USA)
Dieter Uckelmann - Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science, University of Bremen (Germany)
Delen Dursun - Oklahoma State University (USA)
Jean Pierre Emond - University of Florida (USA)
Bonghee Hong - Pusan National University (South Korea)
Florian Michahelles - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gisele Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Harold Boeck, Sherbrooke University, Canada
Eleonora Bottani, University of Parma, Italy
Marcello Braglia, University of Pisa, Italy
Shing-Chi Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Q. Chung, Villanova University, USA
Nelson E. King, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Alfredo Lambiase, University of Salerno, Italy
Florian Michahelles, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Miller, Ashland University, USA
Farhad Moeeni, Arkansas State University, USA
Roberto Montanari, University of Parma, Italy
Fred Riggins, Arizona State University, USA
Bernd Scholz-Reiter, University of Bremen, Germany
Klaus-Dieter Thoben, University of Bremen, Germany
Dale Thompson, University of Arkansas, USA
Junfang Zeng, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Submissions details can be found at http://www.iospress.nl/html/17545730_ita.htm