Research Newsletter

Editorial

With our newsletter, we wish to inform you about the progress and results of the SERAMIS project, as well as provide global RFID research and development news.

Since the last newsletter, we held our consortium meeting in Vienna at the lovely campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in early March. Recently, on June 22nd, we had the second review meeting. The reviewers of the project are looking forward to the next outcomes and deployments of the research results at the industry partners.

The areas covered by SERAMIS span from knowledge based data cleansing to improve accuracy of low level RFID reader data, over value added indicator (VAI) driven customer services to decision support and monitoring. In all these areas we consider the privacy implications and develop privacy controls for potential privacy threats. 

For updates and more detailed information about SERAMIS please also visit our SERAMIS webpage and join our SERAMIS LinkedIn group.

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Featured SERAMIS Publications and Interesting Research

The impact of RFID technologies on inventory accuracy in the apparel retailing: Evidence from the field

Massimo Bertolini, Eleonora Bottani, Giovanni Romagnoli, and Giuseppe Vignali presented "The impact of RFID technologies on inventory accuracy in the apparel retailing: Evidence from the field." in the International Journal of RF Technologies.

They assess the level of inventory accuracy that can be reached by adopting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for inventory count operations in the fashion retailing. By comparing RFID inventory accuracy with manual barcode based counting, they found that, under several circumstances, RFID allows detecting out-of-stock situations that are not evident when using either the BC technology or the inventory data stored in the company’ information system. From those findings, a trend of the inventory accuracy as a function of the time required for RFID inventory counts is empirically derived. Such a trend can be exploited in practical cases to estimate the accuracy level achievable with inventory counts depending on the time dedicated to those activities.

A new framework for RFID use cases in fashion and apparel retailing

Antonio Rizzi, Giovanni Romagnoli, and Frédéric Thiesse presented a survey on RFID use cases in fashion and apparel retail in the International Journal of RF Technologies.

The authors carried out a comprehensive literature review on RFID deployments in fashion and apparel retail. They searched different sources of information, that is, scientific papers, conferences and seminars proceedings, websites, magazines, newspapers etc., up to 160 papers that were carefully analysed and organised in a structured database. From this collection, they extracted a new framework of use cases. From a practitioner’s perspective, the framework offers a comprehensive and well-structured overview of the cost- and the revenue-related potentials of RFID implementations in the industry.

Read the full paper here.

The ROAD from Sensor Data to Process Instances via Interaction Mining

Arik Senderovich, Andreas Rogge-Solti, Avigdor Gal, Jan Mendling, and Avishai Mandelbaum recently presented "The ROAD from Sensor Data to Process Instances via Interaction Mining" on the 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'16).

The authors address the problem to understand the meaning of sensor data in a process context. To apply process mining techniques to sensor data, one needs to overcome an abstraction gap, because location data recordings do not relate to the process directly. In this work, they solve the problem of mapping sensor data to event logs based on process knowledge.

Effects of calibration RFID tags on performance of inertial navigation in indoor environment

Guanxiong Liu, Yishuang Geng, and Kaveh Pahlavan investigated the "Effects of calibration RFID tags on performance of inertial navigation in indoor environment." They presented their work on the International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), IEEE, 2015.

They try to use RFID tags for location correction and test the influence of the number of calibration tags used on the path accuracy of persons moving with a smart phone.

You can read the full paper here.

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Media coverage

SERAMIS was featured in the researcher-of-the-month press article and short movie clip about Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling here.

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Call for papers

Special Issue of the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications

We would like to raise your attention to the special issue on "Internet of Things and Big Data: How They Enable Effective Decision Making and New Innovative Services".

The growing interest in automatic identification, tracking and sensing technologies in recent years has sparked an intensive debate on the expected benefits and the respective challenges. In fact, applications of such technologies have exponentially increased in different contexts, ranging from production and logistics issues to supply chain management. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is certainly the most prominent of such technologies and has experienced the quicker growth, especially in the retail industry.

The aim of this special issue is to understand how automatic identification, tracking and sensing technologies, IoT and Big Data may be linked together to develop novel smart information systems that extract new knowledge, which facilitates advanced services and supports business decision making.

Subject Coverage

In particular, original contributions are sought in the following topics:

• Applications of automatic identification, tracking and sensing technologies and Big Data/IoT;

• Cost vs. benefits evaluations of IoT applications; 

• Managerial implications of IoT implementations; 

• Innovative services (e.g. recommender systems) enabled by Big data/IoT; 

• Information quality assessment of IoT applications; 

• Privacy issues of IoT applications; 

• Big Data analytics for decision support

Both original papers and review articles are welcome. All papers will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of manuscripts: 15 Nov, 2016

Please find more details of the call here.

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Featured Events

Internet of Things World 2016, Sept 19-20th 2016

The must-attend Industrial IoT event in Europe!
Industry of Things World is an international knowledge exchange platform bringing together more than 1000 high-level executives who play an active role in the Industrial Internet of Things scene.Rethink your technology & business strategy for scalable, secure and efficient IoT: cloud, robotics, automation, standards, interoperability, security, data!

More details about the event can be found here.

IoT World Forum in London, Nov 29th - Nov 30th 2016

The world’s leading Internet of Things Conference 2016 focusing on IoT applications, IoT Solutions and IoT Companies for all verticals including automotive, healthcare, asset and fleet management, manufacturing, security, retail point of sales, smart grid, smart metering, smart home and consumer electronics industry.

For more information, please visit the event site here.

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Selected RFID News from the Press

The Netherlands has first nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things

As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout the Netherlands. This makes the Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Find the full article here.

Global RFID Market Growing at Nearly 20 Percent Annually

Information management reports that the growing popularity of RFID drives investments in manufacturing units.

Read the full news article here.

RTLS Lifts Patient Satisfaction and Efficiency at Stanford Children's Health

The clinic is using a real-time location system to identify the locations of patients, personnel and assets, to ensure that patients are treated quickly and staff members can find the items they seek, as well as their colleagues.

Find more here.

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More recent publications by the SERAMIS consortium

Bala, S., Cabanillas, C., Mendling, J., Rogge-Solti, A., Polleres, A. (2015): Mining Project-Oriented Business Processes. Proceedings of Business Process Management (BPM 2015).

Esposito, E., Romagnoli, G., Sandri, S., Villani, L. (2015): Deploying RFID in the fashion and apparel sector: an "in the field" analysis to understand where the technology is going to. Proceedings of the XXth Summer School F. Turco.

Esposito, E., Romagnoli, G., Sandri, S., Villani, L. (2015): Developing a new frame for categorising use cases of RFID in the fashion and apparel sector. Proceedings of the XXth Summer School F. Turco.

Gkika, S., Skiada, M., Lekakos, G. (2015): Factors Affecting Recommendations' Acceptance in Off-Line Environment, Proceedings of 9th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2015).

Gkika, S., Skiada, M., Lekakos, G. (2016): Persuasive Recommendations in ubiquitous Environments. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Persuasive Technology.

Griva, A., Bardaki, C., Pramatari Κ., Doukidis G. (2016): Mapping moving object events into a network of object flows to support decisions. Proceedings of 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2016).

Griva, A., Bardaki, C., Pramatari, Κ. (2015): RFID-Enabled Visualization of Product Flows: A Data Analytics Approach, Proceedings of 9th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2015).

Griva, A., Pramatari Κ., Bardaki, C., Doukidis, G. (2016): Segmentation of Shopper Visits based on Shopper Interaction data in Different Retail Contexts, Proceedings of 1st EURO Working Group on Retail Operations.

Hauser, M., Bardaki, C. (2016): IoT-enabled Customer Experience in Retail Fashion Stores: Opportunities & Challenges. Workshop on the Sensing Enterprise: Opportunities and Barriers at the 8th International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications (I-ESA 2016).

Hauser, M., Zügner, D., Flath, C.M., Thiesse, F. (2015): Pushing the limits of RFID: Empowering RFID-based Electronic Article Surveillance with Data Analytics Techniques. Proceedings of the Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015).

Rizzi, A., Romagnoli, G., Thiesse, F. (2016): A new framework for RFID use cases in fashion and apparel retailing. International Journal of RF Technologies: Research & Applications, 7(2-3), 105-129.

Rizzi, A., Romagnoli, G. (2016): Testing and deploying an RFID-based Real-Time Locating System at a fashion retailer: A case study. Proceedings of the IT4Fashion Scientific Conference.

Rogge-Solti, A., Vana, L., Mendling, J. (2015): Time Series Petri Net Models - Enrichment and Prediction. Fifth International Symposium on Data-driven Process Discovery and Analysis (SIMPDA 2015).

Schönig, S., Rogge-Solti, A., Cabanillas, C., Jablonski, S., Mendling, J. (2016): Efficient and Customisable Declarative Process Mining with SQL. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference (CAiSE 2016).

Senderovich, A., Rogge-Solti, A., Gal, A., Mendling, J., Mandelbaum, A. (2016): The ROAD from Sensor Data to Process Instances via Interaction Mining. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference (CAiSE 2016).