Back >>Team ‘QueenTecnun’ advance to the semi-final of the 2014 IEEE AP-S RFID student design contest

Dec 6th, 2013

    This team, comprising a year 4 student on the Joint Programme between QMUL and BUPT and students from Spain’s Tecnun University in Navarra, has been selected as one of six semi-finalists from a total of 22 participating teams from around the world.

    Team ‘QueenTecnun’ was established in July 2013 with four undergraduate students, namely Mr Santiago Pagola, Mr Imanol Granad, Mr Daniel Alons (Tecnun University) and Miss Qianyun Zhang (JP). The team is mentored by Dr Yue Gao from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Dr Daniel Valderas of Tecnun University of Navarra. An idea to use RFID tags to detect the humidity of seeds growing in plant pots in industrial greenhouses is gradually taking shape from a summer project carried out by Miss Qianyun Zhang at the Antenna and Electromagnetic Lab in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at QMUL. The team identified that the humidity of the pots in large warehouses and botanical companies needs to be checked regularly and manually in order to judge whether the plants should be watered. The aim of this design is to automate and optimise this tedious manual process by converting the RFID tags into low cost humidity sensors to detect the humidity of the seeds, as the RFID tags are much cheaper than the sensors available with commercial RF modules.

    As a result of this idea, the team has been awarded $1500 dollars to implement the design.

    Congratulations to team ‘QueenTecnun’.