Quarterly Report - Q4, 2004
Director's Corner:

I thank you very much for your support and time.  If you would like to request copies of publications, presentations, reports on systems being developed, research reports, please contact winmec@winmec.ucla.edu.  This quarterly report is also available at http://www.winmec.ucla.edu/qreports.asp.  Please feel free to forward this quarterly report to members within your organization. 
 
Regards,
 
Rajit Gadh, PhD
Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, http://winmec.ucla.edu/director
Director, UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) http://winmec.ucla.edu/
Director, Wireless Media Lab http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml

Events

The last quarter of 2004 was very productive for UCLA-WINMEC (Wireless Internet for the Mobile Enterprise Consortium, http://winmec.ucla.edu). Enclosed please find UCLA-WINMEC's quarterly report for Q4, 2004.

RFID FORUM
During our fourth quarter, we had a successful RFID forum, with 40+ speakers.  We are thankful to TCS, a WINMEC member company which was a sponsor for this forum and TI and PDC, who were equipment donors.  For further information on this forum, please go to http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/rfid/2004/.  This forum, along with the UCLA WINMEC research on RFID middleware was also covered by the RFID Journal -http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1195/1/1/ and Line 56 http://www.line56.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=6030&KeyWords=gadh.

Research and Technology Demos
The WinRFID Middleware technology (http://winmec.ucla.edu/winrfid), theReWINS (reconfigurable wireless interface for networking of sensors http://winmec.ucla.edu/rewins) technology and the MoBIME (Mobile Multimedia Environment - http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/wml/mobime/) technology were demonstrated at the RFID forum.  We are now developing an approach to Mobile Digital Rights Management in concert with the MoBIME project.  We have built a demonstration combining the ReWINS platform with our WinRFID middleware, and the confluence of ReWINS with the RFID middleware architecture forms the next extension of our research.
 
Upcoming Events

UPCOMING CONFERENCES/FORUMS
The WINRFID Technology will be show-cased and explained in-depth on January 25, 2005 during our one-day Hands-On RFID Workshop http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfid/experience/.  Attendance will be limited to 20 for this event due to lab space constraints.  In addition, our annual WINMEC Multi-forum conference is coming up on March 7-9, 2005, with the followingschedule:
*       CIO Forum - March 7, 2005 http://cio-conference.ucla.edu/
*       Entertainment Media Forum - March 8, 2005 http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/2005/entertainment/
*       Wireless Carrier Forum - March 8, 2005 http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/2005/carrier/
*       Wireless Enterprise Forum - March 8, 2005 http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/2005/enterprise/
*       RFID Exec Forum - March 9, 2005 http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/2005/rfidexec/
There will be technology demonstrations of latest WINMEC projects, industry demonstrations, etc.  Speaker nominations should be sent to conference@winmec.ucla.edu.

 
NSF Industry Unviersity Cooperative Research Center Planning Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a Planning Grant for us to participate in a collaborative activity which if successful would result in us becoming a part of an Industry University Cooperative NSF Research
center.  If approved, NSF would provide a certain amount of matching funds for industry research projects.  Therefore, we are now looking for active collaboration on research projects with industry. 

 
Membership/Sponsorship
Ericsson Corporation joined UCLA-WINMEC as a member, with VP and GM, Douglas Smith joining the WINMEC Carrier Advisory Board.  Verizon Wireless, Lucent and Sprint are sponsors of the upcoming 2005 Conferences.  Siemens Corporation (with advisory board member Dr. Arturo Pizano) that was a founding member of WINMEC is now a Gold member of WINMEC.  RF-Code joined as an Adjunct Member.  We appreciate the strong support and endorsement provided by our members and look forward to continuing to strengthen relationships with them.
 
Research

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
Phase I of the collaborative project between member company, BEI Technologies, and WINMEC on wireless sensor interfaces was completed and now Phase II of the project that involves developing prototypes has been initiated.

 
Invited Lectures and External Service
UCLA-WINMEC Director gave the Tata Infotech Distinguished Lecture at IIT Bombay in December 2004
(http://www.tatainfotech.com/about/news/events/events_distinguishedlecture.h
tm) on the topic of "Internet of Artifacts" and an invited lecture at ITRI-Taiwan organized by the Taiwan SoC Consortium
(http://w3.itri.org.tw/ipc/seminar/soc/2004/121604_radj.html).  The Director also serves on Los Angeles Mayor's Wireless Advisory Panel - http://www.etopiamedia.net/empnn/pages/cpt-emnn/cpt-emnn189-5551212.html,
which is looking at Wireless and Broadband strategies for the city of Los Angeles.
 
Publications and Patents

We continue to develop new research tech reports and publications - information is available at http://winmec.ucla.edu/reports.asp.  In Q4, we filed our first patent disclosure through the UCLA I.P. office and plan to
file several more in the near future.  This quarter, we completed a number of RFID-related and wireless sensor network related student projects. Information about these reports (approximately 25 reports) is available at:
http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/rfid/reports.asp.

Previous quarterly reports are available at
http://www.winmec.ucla.edu/qreports.asp.

 
Membership

We are thankful to our sponsors: Hewlett Packard, Intel, Siemens, Sprint, Computer Associates, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Network Systems, TCS, Satyam, ISMB, Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth, Qualcomm, France Telecom, Ericsson, BEI, Magee Group, Qualcomm, PDC, and Tata Infotech