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Best Student Paper Award, School of ECE | How music and radio stations can assist agriculture!

George Vougioukas, Ph.D. candidate at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of TUC, received the single Best Student Paper Award at the 8th annual IEEE International Conference on RFID Technology & Applications (RFID-TA), Warsaw, Poland for the paper:

Georgios Vougioukas and Aggelos Bletsas, "24μW 26m Range Batteryless Backscatter Sensors with FM Remodulation and Selection Diversity".

This work describes how FM radio stations, transmitting music kilometers away, can «illuminate» ultra-low cost and power wireless and batterly-less sensors that can be received by any commodity FM receiver (e.g., in smartphones). The sensors exploit reflection radio techniques, so that information can be modulated with an intelligent and low energy way, on top of existing broadcasting signals from radio stations. Know-how from advanced reflection / backscatter radio techniques, developed the last years at TU Crete, is exploited and applications relevant to soil moisture humidity sensing have been demonstrated. 

In a few words, this work shows how our favorite music from FM radio stations can assist agriculture!

George Vougioukas graduated with excellence from ECE School, TU Crete in 2016. He continues his graduate studies towards a Ph.D. at the same school.

The IEEE International Conference on RFID Technology and Applications (RFID-TA) is annual and among the two main IEEE conference venues where scientific advances on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), as well as relevant applications are presented.  The previous years RFID-TA was organized at China, Japan, Finland etc. More info regarding the conference can be found at the conf.

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