This talk surveys the state-of-the art in RFID, energy-harvesting sensors, and devices for the Internet of Things. Everything you know about wireless communications will be challenged, as we discuss ultra-low energy RF devices, bizarre forms of modulation, “smart’’ antennas that do not require power, and undulating waveforms that extend the physical limits of RF energy-harvesting. We present the engineering breakthroughs of today that will lead to real Sci-Fi applications of tomorrow: peel-and-stick radio sensors that last forever, mm-scale wireless location capability, and devices that can exchange information over kilometer-scale distances without actively transmitting radio waves.
Gregory D. Durgin joined the faculty of Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Fall 2003 where he serves as a professor. He received the BSEE (96), MSEE (98), and PhD (00) degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 2001 he was awarded the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-doctoral Fellowship and spent one year as a visiting researcher with Morinaga Laboratory at Osaka University. He has received several best paper awards, including the Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award (IEEE Transactions on Communications,1998) and the IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award (2015). Prof. Durgin also authored Space-Time Wireless Channels, the first textbook in the field of space-time channel modeling. Prof. Durgin founded the Propagation Group (http://www.propagation.gatech.edu) at Georgia Tech, a research group that studies radiolocation, channel sounding, backscatter radio, RFID, and applied electromagnetics. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER award as well as numerous teaching awards, including the Class of 1940 Howard Ector Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award at Georgia Tech (2007). He is a frequent consultant to industry, having advised many multinational corporations on wireless technology. Prof. Durgin is a distinguished lecturer for IEEE CRFID.