HOT TOPICS in RFID – Keynote Speakers

Speaker: Jukka Voutilainen, Voyantic

Dr. Jukka Voutilainen is the CEO and co-founder of Voyantic, a Finland based company that provides RFID testing and measurement solutions for companies and academics that either develop or use RFID technology. He received his doctoral degree in 2005 from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University). His research focused on developing a novel method for measuring moisture in building structures that is based on chipless RFID.

Dr. Voutilainen’s areas of expertise are electronics, embedded software development, and RFID technology. Currently he is an active member of the academic community, and a long-time program committee member and technical co-chair in IEEE RFID conferences. He also participates actively in standardization work within ISO, GS1, SAE, AIM, and RAIN RFID Alliance.


Speaker: Ramin Sadr, Ph.D., Mojix

With more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry as an entrepreneur, researcher, executive and lecturer, Dr. Ramin Sadr has launched and led successful high tech businesses based on his technology innovations. A noted visionary and scientist, he holds numerous patents and has received fifteen NASA achievement and recognition awards for his contributions to the US Space Program.

Prior to founding Mojix, he was president, CEO and founder of Telecom Multimedia Systems, Inc. (TMSI), a provider of WAN infrastructure equipment and led the company to its acquisition by Inter-Tel. Previously, he was with the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the early 1980s, Dr. Sadr led a team of scientists and engineers at JPL that designed the first prototype of an all digital receiver for NASA’s deep space network (DSN). This receiver later formed the underlying model of NASA’s Block V receiver which today tracks spacecraft venturing inside or outside the solar system. In late 1980s, Dr. Sadr and his team were also involved in the development of novel signal processing techniques with the remarkable initiative that successfully salvaged telemetry data from the Galileo spacecraft mission from earth when the craft’s high gain antenna failed to deploy when it reached Jupiter. For his work during this period, Dr. Sadr received fifteen NASA Achievement awards for his contributions to the US Space program.

Dr. Sadr has been involved in design of complex signal processing systems since the late 1970s. The initial genesis of the signal detection technique used today in the Mojix system was formulated by Dr. Sadr as part of his PhD dissertation in graduate school to design a VLSI chip for detection of signals for mobile satellite communication applications, which was published by the UCLA computer science department in 1983 entitled: UCLA Demodulation Engine. Dr Sadr began his career at IBM (T.J. Watson Research Center) and also was employed at Boeing Satellite Systems. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Speaker: Henri Barthel, Vice President GS1 System Integrity and Global Partnerships

Henri Barthel has been working for GS1 since July 1988 and is currently Vice President System Integrity and Global Partnerships at the GS1 Global Office in Brussels. He is responsible for protecting the integrity of the GS1 system throughout the GS1 standards and services development process.  He is also responsible for managing the partnerships that GS1 enjoys with external standards organisations, e.g. ISO, UN/CEFACT, W3C, and IETF. He is a co-chair of the GS1 Architecture Committee. He was chairman of SC31/WG4, the ISO working group dealing with RFID standardisation for item management from 1998 to 2015 and of CEN/TC 225, the European standards committee on Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Technologies and Applications, from 2009 to 2015.

Speaker: Elżbieta Hałas, GS1 Poland

A graduate of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology at the Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology. Defended the doctorate in stock management at the University of Technology in Poznań. Employed at the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing as the Director’s Plenipotentiary for GS1 system. A member of GS1 Polska Foundation since June 2016, upon creation of the foundation. Specializes in the problems of effective management of supply chains on the basis of GS1 standards. Her main areas of interest include: barcodes, automatic identification, electronic data interchange, synchronization of fundamental data. An author of many publications on barcodes and EDI. Plays an active role in GS1, an international organization associating 110 national organizations, over 1,500,000 companies globally, including almost 21,000 businesses from Poland. In 2011-2012 served as the President of the Council of GS1 in Europe and is now a member of the Standards Committee within GS1 Management Board and in the Steering Group of the Joint Initiative on Standardisation within the European Commission.

Speaker: Jarogniew Rykowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Poznan University of Economics

Jarogniew Rykowski received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Poznan, Poland in 1986 and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland in 1995. In 2008 he received habilitation degree from the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy od Science (Warsaw, Poland).

From 1986 to 1992 he was with the Institute of Computing Science at the Technical University of Poznan. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as an Assistant in the Franco-Polish School of New Information and Communication Technologies in Poznan. In 1995 he became an Associate Professor in the School. Since 1996 he has been with the Poznan University of Economics, working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Technology. He participated in several industrial projects concerning operating systems, networks, programming language compilers (assemblers, LISP), multimedia databases and distributed systems for e-commerce. His research interests include software agents, with special emphasis put on personalized access to WWW servers by means of mobile devices and telecommunication networks. His recent interests have gone towards applications of Internet of Things and calm-computing devices, including “intelligent buildings and workplaces”, semantic support for IoT systems, telematics, ad-hoc and multi-hop networking, and similar systems. He is the author and co-author of 3 books, over 45 papers in journals and conference proceedings and 2 patents.