RFID in Fashion Apparel and Footware Education Advisory Board

Antonio Rizzi, Professor
University of Parma

Antonio Rizzi graduated in 1993 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Parma. In 1997, he took his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the same University, and, since 2005, he has been employed as full professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Parma. His scientific interests are mainly related to logistics and supply chain management. In the last few years, his researches have focused on the application of advanced auto id and data sharing technologies for supply chain management, such as RFID and Internet of things. More specifically, his researches have tried to address how and where RFID can be considered as a viable tool to achieve value added traceability in the supply chain, and how to streamline supply chain processes through activity automation and punctual visibility of flows in the logistics pipeline. He is the founder and the director of RFID Lab at the University of Parma, a world leading research centre devised to promote research, training and services to stakeholders, such as technology providers and end users. The centre pioneered research in the Italian RFID arena. RFID Lab projects have been awarded in 2009 and 2010 with RFID Italia award prize. RFID Lab is a charter member of Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA), a network of excellence among eight RF Labs worldwide. Together with other GRFLA members he founded in 2008 the scientific journal “International Journal of RF technologies: research and Applications. In 2010 he became the Editor in Chief. Antonio Rizzi serves as a referee for the Italian Ministry of research, he is also a referee for scientific journals such as SCM, LIM, IJLR&A, IJPE. He is a committee member for the MIT Academic Convocation, IoT, and IEEE RFID conference series. Antonio Rizzi has been publishing his researches in qualified international journals. Some of his works have been awarded international prizes by the scientific community.

Dr. Frederick Thiesse, Professor
Universität of Würzburg

Frédéric Thiesse is Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the Julius-Maximilian University of Wuerzburg, Germany since February 2010. His research interests include Electronic & Mobile Commerce, Business Analytics, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Integration, and Strategy Development. Prof. Thiesse holds a diploma degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Mannheim, Germany and a doctoral degree with highest distinctions from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2000 to 2003, he was Chief Software Architect of a Swiss technology start-up company; from 2003 to 2010, he was assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen and Associate Director of the Auto-ID Lab St. Gallen / Zurich. He has been awarded several times for his academic achievements, for example, with the Latsis Prize, the EHI Science Award, and the Stafford Beer Medal. His research has been published in several top-ranked academic journals and he is a frequent speaker at practitioner events in the area of business applications of novel ICT.

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