Quarterly Report - Q1,Q2 2007

Bi-Quarterly Report Q1 and Q2, 2007 - UCLA-WINMEC expands further into Mobile Web 2.0, Wireless/RFID for Healthcare, and, Environment

Q1 and Q2 of 2007 have been busy for UCLA-WINMEC completing and concluding previous research projects and starting new initiatives. We continued to make significant progress with the ongoing research areas of Web 2.0 for Mobile Communities, Wireless/RFID for Healthcare and Wireless/RFID for Manufacturing/Supply Chain/Retail, and have now added a new research area - Wireless/RFID for Clean Environment. The CIO Impacts forum and the Mobile Web 2.0 forum were both held successfully. Our upcoming forum - The Enterprise 2.0 RFID Forum - will be held on October 17 and along with it is our Special Healthcare I.T./Wireless/RFID forum.

A major milestone in research was the completion of the research project - RFID Medical Specimentrak (http://winmec.ucla.edu/specimentrak) - which uses RFID and 802.11 to track medical specimens within and across hospitals for anatomical materials programs. This research was showcased as a poster/demo at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists Conference, 2007, and a paper was presented.


  • To the CIO advisory board, UCLA-WINMEC added the following renowned I.T. leaders:
    - Steve Cooper, SVP & CIO American Red Cross
    - Chris Vein, CIO, City of San Francisco
    - Celia Lin, CIO, Chevron
    - Hardik Bhatt, CIO, City of Chicago
    Welcome, Steve, Chris, Celia and Hardik.



  • Fourth CIO Impacts Forum on Seamless and Mobile Enterprise, was held in February - http://cio-conference.ucla.edu/. Some of our CIO-level speakers included Gary Ahwah, CIO, PacifiCare, A UnitedHealthcare Company; Hardik Bhatt, CIO, City of Chicago; Scott Blanchette, VP, CTO and CSO, Healthways; Cora Carmody, Sr. VP, CIO, SAIC; George Chappelle, CIO, Sara Lee Corporation; Steve Cooper, CIO, American Red Cross; Robert Fecteau, CIO, BAE Systems; Ebrahim Keshavarz, Vice President, New Services Development, AT&T; Celia Lin, CIO - Corporate Departments, Chevron; Allen Marks, IT Fellow, Raytheon; Vaho Rebassoo, CTO, IT Services, Boeing; Bill Schrier, CTO, City of Seattle; Stephen Stagnaro, CTO - Corporate Office, Northrop Grumman; Chris Vein, CIO, City of San Francisco.

  • The First UCLA-WINMEC Mobile Web 2.0 Convergence Forum with the focus being on Multimedia Content was held in May with the theme of Achieving Mobile Web 2.0 via Convergence of Content, Devices and Networks, http://winmec.ucla.edu/web2.0. Over 100 participants attended, with speakers from media, entertainment (Hollywood), mobile device makers, service providers, etc. including Ericsson, Napster, Nortel Networks, Nokia, NBC News, MTV Networks Global Digital Media - a Viacom company, Hewlett Packard, Sony Pictures Television International, Tribune Media Services, and, Motorola Inc. The intersection of Mobile with Web 2.0 is just now starting to get interesting with majors such as Google getting involved, and this field continues to be very exciting.


  • RFID ENTERPRISE 2.0 Forum to be held on October 17 emphasizes the enablement of Enterprise 2.0 architectures using RFID, Automatic I.D. and tracking technologies (http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfid). Speakers are from organizations such as General Motors, Maersk Logistics, Sempra Energy, Kimberly Clark, Boeing, Matson, and, Lockheed Martin. Speakers will discuss the next generation of Enterprise architecture (Enterprise 2.0) that will be enabled as RFID tags and readers are increasingly deployed across the enterprise. Technology and business case studies will be presented.

  • Healthcare - Wireless, RFID and Electronic Forum, http://winmec.ucla.edu/healthcare - October 17, invites healthcare and I.T. professionals to participate in the forum. Such technologies are now being used to monitor health of patients, keeping track of medical equipment, finding nurses or doctors in hospitals, tracking blood for blood banks, etc. Benefits of using these technologies in hospitals include improvement of healthcare quality, cost reduction, medication error reduction, increased operational efficiency, rapid location of assets/personnel, increase in through-put of patients, etc. Forum will discuss opportunities and challenges in this rapidly changing discipline.

  • CIO Impacts Forum - The 5th CIO Impacts Forum is planned for February 27, 2007. While Web 2.0 is having a profound effect on the consumer space, the underlying technology would probably have even a greater impact on Enterprises. The forum will discuss what Enterprise 2.0 means to the CIO today and in the future, and how the CIO of a Fortune 500 Enterprise can benefit by it. Email info AT.SYMBOL cioconference DOT.SYMBOL ucla DOT.SYMBOL edu.

  • Media Web 2.0 - Intersection of Community, Content, Personalization and Location - is the theme of next Web 2.0 Forum planned for May 2008. It will bring Hollywood based content organizations together with Network Carriers, Web 2.0 companies, Cell phone manufacturers and Software/Service providers.


  • MOBILE WEB 2.0
    UCLA-WINMEC has started research in the development of an open software platform that would allow creation of Mobile Web 2.0 applications. For further information, email - web20 DOT-SYMBOL winmec DOT UCLA DOT-SYMBOL EDU

  • Wireless/RFID for Environment
    Wireless and RFID technologies for the environment: WINMEC, in partnership with other institutions is developing a research program to apply wireless and RFID technologies for environment. Along with the May 2008 forum, we will hold a special symposium to discuss this subject. For further information, email info AT.SYMBOL winmec DOT.SYMBOL ucla DOT.SYMBOL edu.

  • RFID for Machine Tool Management
    A new research project that was initiated last year applies RFID middleware architecture to tracking and tracing machine tools within a manufacturing plant. A prototype system has been developed which we plan to demonstrate at the upcoming RFID forum on October 17.


  • Intelleflex, an RFID hardware manufacturer joined UCLA-WINMEC as a sponsor member.

  • Mobio Networks, a Mobile Media startup joined UCLA-WINMEC as a sponsor member. Their CEO, Ramneek Bhasin, joined our Mobile Entertainment Media advisory board.

  • We are grateful to the following organizations for donating equipment to the UCLA RFID Lab (http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfidlab): Intelleflex, Quantum Route, Inc. and Convergence Systems Limited.


  • Xiaoyong Su, Chi-Cheng Chu, B.S. Prabhu, and Rajit Gadh, On the Utilization and Integration of RFID data into Enterprise Information Systems via WinRFID, DETC2007-34731, Computers in Engineering Conference, Sep 4-7, 2007, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Xiaoyong Su, Chi-Cheng Chu, B. S. Prabhu, Rajit Gadh, "On the creation of Automatic Identification and Data Capture infrastructure via RFID and other technologies", The Internet of Things: from RFID to the Next-Generation Pervasive Networked Systems, Lu Yan, Yan Zhang, Laurence T. Yang, Huansheng Ning (eds.), Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group, 24 pp. (accepted Feb. 2007).

  • Harish Ramamurthy, B. S. Prabhu and Rajit Gadh, Asad Madni, 'Wireless Industrial Monitoring and Control using a Smart Sensor Platform', IEEE Sensors Journal, 7(5), May 2007, 611-618.

  • Shiv Prabhu, Xiaoyong Su, Charlie Qiu, Chi-Cheng Chu, Brandi Schmitt, Rajit Gadh, 'SpecimenTrak: a demonstration of the anatomical specimen tagging and tracking', 24th Annual Scientific Session of The American Association of Clinical Anatomists, Jun. 16-20, 2007, Las Vegas.

  • Shiv Prabhu, Xiaoyong Su, Charlie Qiu, Chi-Cheng Chu, Brandi Schmitt, Rajit Gadh, 'SpecimenTrak: an RFID system for tagging and tracking anatomical specimens', 24th Annual Scientific Session of The American Association of Clinical Anatomists, Jun. 16-20, 2007, Las Vegas.


  • WINMEC Director gives Keynote Address at Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum theme - "The Dizzying Convergence of Electronic Devices and Services: What are the Opportunities for Engineers?" May 12, 2007.

  • WINMEC Director gives luncheon plenary talk at IEEE-Antennas and Propagation Society, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 14, 2007

  • WINMEC Director speaks at Pan IIT 2007 conference on "Cutting edge research at Universities", July 6, 2007, http://www.iit2007.org/prog_day1.html

  • WINMEC participates in the Southern California Semiconductors and Communications Summit, June 5, 2007, topic - University-Industry partnership, Newport Beach, http://www.octaneoc.org/cms/load_content.asp?page_id=13&from=13.

  • Dr Prabhu - Senior researcher at WINMEC and Dr. Gadh, Director of WINMEC, speak at American Association of Clinical Anatomists, June 2007.

  • Dr. Peter Chu - Senior researcher at WINMEC speaks at ITRI, Taiwan, June 2007.


  • WINMEC graduates a PhD candidate - Xiaoyong Su, congratulations Dr. Su.

  • WINMEC welcomes the following international researchers to UCLA:
    - Laure Vogel, visiting research student from France
    - Dr. Jae Yeol Lee from Chonnam University, Korea
    - Byung Youn Song from Samsung Corporation / Seoul National University, Korea.

  • Last but not the least, we thank our sponsors / members: Convergence Systems, ETRI, HP, Intel, Intelleflex, ISMB, Kestrel Wireless, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft Corp., Mobio Networks, Motorola Inc., QUALCOMM Inc., Quantum Route, Raytheon, Satyam, SIEMENS, Stradling Yocca Carlson Rauth, and, Verizon Wireless.