The emergence of the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology introduces new opportunities and risks in our everyday life. In order to make the best use of the technology, relevant technological, social, and physical infrastructures need to be rethought.

This workshop aims to provide an academic forum for system designers, hardware/ software/ security/ HCI researchers, economists, and social scientists to:
  (1) bring together different perspectives, views and ideas in a constructive way, and
  (2) lay out an agenda for RFID privacy and information sharing research in the next 3-5 years.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

[Models] Theoretical foundations and practical models for building systems that allow people to share the 'right' information at the 'right' time at the 'right' place in the 'right' way among the 'right' people

[Technology and tools] What kinds of core technology and tools are needed? How can they be integrated in different social and physical context?

[Contextual factors] How should RFID systems respond to changing personal, social and physical context? For example, how can systems understand a reasonable balance between privacy and safety for the elderly with decreasing cognitive abilitie

[Collaboration] How can service providers, technology vendors and consumers collaborate and create a win-win situation?

[End-user needs] How can we understand consumers' views and incorporate their privacy and information needs in the design and evolution of RFID systems?

[Lessons learned] What are lessons learned from successes and failures of early RFID trials?

[New paradigms] Is the RFID technology merely an extension of the barcode technology? How will concepts such as Smart Artefacts challenge the current paradigm of RFID applications?

[Design principles and solutions] Can we propose design principles and methodologies based on the discussions and investigations on the above issues?

This workshop series includes the following two workshops, each of which will last for one full day:

Workshop 1: Issues, Models and Tools (November 10, 2004)

The first workshop will take place on November 10, 2004 to identify and discuss key issues, relevant ideas, models and tools for enhancing privacy and advancing information sharing in RFID systems. People who are interested in topics such as models, technology and tools, contextual factors, and collaboration should participate this workshop.

Workshop 2: Toward a New Paradigm (December 6, 2004)

The second workshop will take place on December 6, 2004 to extend and integrate different ideas as a first step towards shaping a new paradigm for RFID Systems and Applications. People who are interested in topics such as end-user needs, lessons learned, new paradigms, and design principles and solutions should participate this workshop.

Each workshop will include two sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, and will be limited to about 70 participants not including workshop organizers. Each session includes invited talks and short presentations that share a similar topic.