Call for Chapters: Handbook of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

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CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Handbook of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technologies
in Operations and Supply Chain Management:
Research and Applications
A book edited by
Dr. Thorsten Blecker
Full Professor, Department of Business Logistics
and General Management (5-11),
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
email: snipped-for-privacy@ieee.org
&
Dr. George Huang
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial
and Manufacturing Systems Engineering,
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
email: snipped-for-privacy@hku.hk
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Call for Papers:
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Important dates
Proposals Submission: January 30, 2006 to May 15, 2006
Full Chapters Due: June 15, 2006
Submissions via email to one of the editors
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Introduction
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology, which
has
gained increasing attention from academia and practitioners. This
technology
enables an automatic acquisition of data about an object without
necessitating a straight line of sight of transponders and readers.
Many
researchers and practitioners believe that over the next years, the
technology will experience wide implementation as bar coding is used
today.
This is mainly due to the fact that RFID technology has a great
potential to
streamline the supply chain by improving efficiency and effectiveness.
RFID
can have many successful applications in the supply chain such as the
rationalization of inventory management, optimization of transportation
within logistics networks, efficient monitoring of production and
assembly
processes, etc. However, in spite of potential benefits, many companies
are
still reluctant to adopt this promising technology. Before embarking on
RFID, these companies prefer to wait, while attentively observing the
first
movers in this field. In fact, like each new technology coming to the
market, there are usually pros and cons as well as benefits and risks,
which
should be well explored and analyzed. Unfortunately, very few reference
books are available dealing with these issues in a systematic and
comprehensive manner.
The Overall Objective of the Book
This handbook is aimed at serving the scientific community and
professionals
by highlighting research issues and providing guidelines concerning the
use
of RFID technology throughout the supply chain. The book should embrace
the
current developments and advances, and present the state-of-the-art,
innovative theoretical concept, advanced and successful implementations
as
well as empirical research findings. It should provide a coherent
framework
for researchers which are interested in this technology and for
practitioners who are willing to put successfully this technology in
practice.
The Target Audience
The target audience consists of professionals and scientists working in
the
fields of logistics, supply chain management and operations management.
In
addition, industrial engineers and researchers in information
technology
with a special focus on this topic will find this book as an adequate
reference that describes current research and suggests directions for
future
research. Graduate students in the mentioned areas will also benefit
from
the topics discussed throughout the book chapters.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
In order to serve the different groups of audiences, the chapters will
be
grouped under the different parts with the following tentative
headings.
Chapters are sought under, but not limited to, these topics. Review and
position chapters dealing with recent advances, limitations and
challenges
are particularly welcome in all areas.
PART I - RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TECHNOLOGIES
* Wireless devices (Readers, transponders, etc)
*
Information network infrastructure
* Authentication and security
*
Standardization (at different levels e.g. data, business process,
message exchanging, event handling, etc.)
* "Plug and play" operating middleware
*
System reconfiguration and scaling
* Interfaces with enterprise application systems and other technologies
e.g. Global Positioning System, wireless communications, etc.)
*
Information service, discovery and synchronization
* ...
PART II - LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
*
Trace and track of materials or assets
* Inventory management
*
Distribution center and warehouse management
* Order management: fulfillment, taking, picking, dispatching, etc.
*
Decision supports with RFID real-time information visibility and
traceability (e.g. supply chain planning, scheduling, control, etc.)
* Autonomous and self-organizing systems in logistics
*
Transportation networks
* Potential improvements in customer relationship management through
RFID
*
Smart devices and equipment for logistics and material handling
(could be
allocated to PART I)
* Reverse Logistics
*
...
PART III - PRODUCT DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
* Reconfigurable manufacturing
*
Mass customization
* Product configuration
*
Assembly lines
* Part fabrication cells and lines
*
Just In Time manufacturing
* Work in Progress (WIP) management
*
Smart tools and devices (could be allocated to PART I)
* Process and production planning, scheduling and control
*
Quality assurance
* Product and component counterfeiting
*
Component marking
* Recycling
*
...
PART IV - IMPLEMENTATION AND ADOPTION
* Implementation and adoption framework
*
Cost and benefit analysis
* Technology investment appraisal and evaluation
*
Impacts of the technologies on operations, human factors, etc.
* Business process and information analysis
*
Business intelligence and knowledge management
* Technology selection and vendor selection
*
Successful implementations and best practices
* Lessons learned from failed implementations
*
Legal aspects and regulations
* Privacy
*
.
PART V - CASE STUDIES
* Research prototypes, industrial demos and pilots are all welcome.
*
Cases need not be comprehensive, nor real-life. They could focus on
one
specific application area. Preliminary implementation cases are
equally
welcome.
* The emphasis should be placed upon the sharing of the experiences and
insights gained from these case studies.
Submission procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit 2-3 page chapter
proposals explaining the missions and concerns. The editors will start
assessing and advising on the suitability of proposals between January
30,
2006 and May 15, 2006 until relevant topics are adequately covered.
Full
chapters (20-25 pages) are expected to be submitted by June 15, 2006.
The book is scheduled to be published by Erich Schmidt Verlag in the
series
on Operations and Technology Management edited by Prof. Thorsten
Blecker,
Hamburg University of Technology (Editor in Chief), Ass.Prof. Dr.
George Q.
Huang, University of Hong Kong (Co-editor) and Prof. Fabrizio Salvador,
Instituto de Empresa (Co-editor).
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