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RFID Technology Seminar & Expo Slated for Oct. 13

Event to Highlight Radio-Frequency Identification Technology 

An example of a thumbnail-size RFID tag made by SmartCode Corp. and used by Wal-Mart.

By Edwin L. Aguirre

UMass Lowell, together with Merrimack College and the MIT Enterprise Forum, are co-sponsoring the second annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Seminar & Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The event will take place at the Rogers Center at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The seminar will showcase the latest trends and developments in RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology. RFID uses an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag or label) that is applied to or incorporated into a product, animal or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves.

The technology is now being used by major retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target to monitor product shipments and store inventory and sales. It also has important applications in the areas of national defense and the transportation industry.

World-Renowned Speakers Featured

The program at Merrimack will feature world-renowned speakers on auto-ID sensing materials and processes as well as panel discussions addressing important technology trends in RFID automatic identification and sensing. More than 25 exhibitors are also expected to participate.

Chancellor Marty Meehan will be the keynote speaker. His talk, entitled “UniversityߝIndustry Collaboration: Enabling a Multidisciplinary Approach to Nanotechnology and Sensing,” will discuss the importance of University-Industry collaboration for the development of emerging technologies in the Merrimack Valley.

Meehan will also provide an overview of recent efforts in the state-of-the-art centers of nanomanufacturing pertaining to sensing and the recent infrastructure investments that facilitate innovation in these areas. Development of partnerships with local industries and academia, as well as strategic investments in research infrastructure and workforce development, are the key factors for keeping Massachusetts and the U.S. competitive.

Other featured speakers include Mark Russell, vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance of Waltham-based Raytheon Company, and Craig Casto of the Dow Chemical Company. Russell obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from UMass Lowell and UMass Amherst, respectively.

Plastics engineering Asst. Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan will participate in the panel discussion in the afternoon on RFID implementations.

Register by Oct. 12

The registration cost, which includes lunch, is $35 through Oct. 12 and $40 afterward; $15 for the unemployed or “underemployed.” Students can attend free of charge provided they register online prior to the day of the conference.

For more information and to register, go to