RFID based People-Object Interaction Detection

Speaker: Raul Parada Medina, Date: Friday the 10th of June 2016, Time: 15:30, Room: 318 (third floor of DEI/G)

Abstract. The Internet of Things (IoT) technologies introduced the “things” entity to interact with computers and people, being a key factor to enhance services in the Smart City context. An example of IoT technology is radio-frequency identification (RFID) which provides identification and communication capabilities to simple objects. Based on the utilization of RFID, our goal is to enable context-aware scenarios providing further information on the people-object interaction in the environment. Our contributions are focused on hardware infrastructure and intelligent systems applied to the IoT. Specifically, we propose the design and implementation of low-cost antennas providing the context-aware hardware infrastructure, and empirical methods to detect people-object interactions for the following applications: user interest, loss prevention system and direction of pass. Finally, we evaluate part of the contributions of this dissertation in real retail environments. We believe this dissertation may contribute towards improving the state-of-the-art in IoT and Smart City technologies.

Bio. Dr. Raul Parada Medina is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova. He got his PhD in the doctoral programme Information and Communication Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Department of Information and Communication Technologies) in Barcelona in 2016. His research was about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, Machine Learning techniques and Antenna Design. He graduated in the MSc in Telecommunications at Technical University of Denmark in 2012 and his bachelor degree at Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya (EETAC) in 2008 doing his diploma thesis at the Vienna University of Technology. His industrial experience within the telecommunications covers the network simulations, network configuration, deployment of Wimax’s networks, configuration of professional WiFi, COAX and satellite equipment, and experience on mobile communication.