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Nadeem Rather


Together with sponsor Meta, Tyndall celebrates the winners and finalists of the 2021 Postgraduate Publication of the Year.

Despite the continuous pandemic challenges, our students once again showed outstanding discoveries and results as part of their PhD projects, some even opening major new possibilities in their field.

Dr Fatima Gunning, Head of Graduate Studies at Tyndall, praised the entries, saying: "Year on year our students really showcase their outstanding contributions to Tyndall’s Research Excellence through the Postgraduate Research Publication of Year competition. This time, we noticed new entries from students who started their research during pandemic and lockdowns, which were quite disruptive, but their perseverance, endurance and team support paid off with excellent results! Once again we saw early stage PhD students submitting their exceptional publications, so special awards as Rising Stars for 2nd and 3rd years were also included! Congratulations to all!"


Nadeem Rather

Nadeem Rather

Rising Star (Year 2)

“A Novel RCS based CRFID Tag Design”

1. What encouraged you to submit your application to the 2021 Postgraduate Research Publication of the Year? 

It is my first PhD publication. I was excited when it was accepted for the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation 2022, Europe’s largest and most significant antennas propagation conference. I wanted to share my research with the wider Tyndall community through the Postgraduate Research Publication of the Year competition.
2. What inspired you to choose the subject of your paper? 

I had worked on Chipped Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) before starting my PhD. However, this paper explores the ‘Chipless’ RFID with sensing capabilities, which is fascinating as we can use the antenna as an encoder and sensor.
3. What’s your paper about and how did you prepare for it? What role did research excellence play in your approach?

The paper presents a Novel Radar Cross Section based Chipless RFID tag. The encoding capacity of 8-bits with capacitive sensing is achieved. We used a novel calibration method to create efficient encoding of data bits and sensing.
4. The selection for Research Publication of the Year is extremely competitive. What is your advice for those aspiring for nomination next year?

It is always good to be recognised for your achievements. I would suggest everyone participate as it provides an opportunity to create a better research profile and enables your research work to be compared with multidisciplinary papers from other departments in Tyndall. It has really inspired me to do better for the next publication.
5. What is the single most significant support Tyndall has been able to offer you in achieving your research goals? (Please provide any detail on additional supports that assisted? How has Tyndall enabled you to fulfil your potential in this regard?)

I would like to thank my supervisors Melusine Pigeon, John Buckley and Brendan O’Flynn from the Wireless Sensor Networks group. Their support and suggestions have carved this paper into its final form, including the process from early theoretical discussions to design process to manuscript writing. I am thankful for the Radio frequency (RF) facilities in Tyndall National Institute that enabled me to perform my Radar Cross Section experiments and measurements with ease, especially doing the measurements during the pandemic. The clear and specified guidelines to access labs were extremely helpful.

Research Publication Link

Nadeem Rather; Buckley, John; O'Flynn, Brendan; Pigeon, Melusine, “A Novel RCS based CRFID Tag Design”, 16th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2022)/ Madrid, Spain.