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9:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction

Speaker: Tom Rogers, Managing Director, Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab

9:45 AM
Deep Space Logistics and the Need for Industry Collaboration

Getting tools, parts and other materials to remote platforms in space is critical to the success of all missions. With virtually no room for error, it’s critical that partners within the industry share logistic information in near-real time. This session will explore the need to develop new standards for inventory identification and supply chain, and deploy new sensor fusion technologies to capture information that can be shared to ensure the success of every mission.

Speaker:  Mark Wiese, Manager, Deep Space Logistics, NASA KSC

10:15 AM
Panel Discussion: Public-Private Partnership – What do Space and Commercial Aviation Have in Common with Inventory Supply Chains

Commercial Aviation is rapidly deploying serialized identification technologies to standardize, track, and identify aircraft parts, maintenance logs, passenger bags, and cargo in hundreds of airports and manufacturing facilities and on thousands of aircraft around the world daily. The space supply chain, thanks to Gateway, Artemis, and private station operators is rapidly expanding as well, and has parallel needs for inventory tracking and identification. This panel will examine how these industries can create a public-private partnership through Auburn University to develop and deploy serialized identification technologies to advance and benefit supply chain inventory and safety in space, and here on Earth.

Moderator: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, President, University of Memphis

PanelistsBianca Rhym, Electrical Engineer, Gateway Deep Space Logistics, NASA KSC;

Demetra Daniels, ACS Tools, Infrastructure and Hardware,Delta Air Lines

John Yu, Chief Data Scientist and former head of automated identification, Boeing 

11:00 AM
Sensor Technology Options in Space and Commercial Aviation

Radio frequency identification (RFID), Bluetooth low-energy beacons (BLE), Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems, video analytics — there are many new, exciting technologies that could potentially benefit companies in the aerospace and aviation industries. But which ones work in specific applications? This session will explore successful case studies of where these technologies are delivering benefits today.

Speakers: Justin Patton, Executive Director of RFID Lab and Professor of Practice, Auburn University RFID Lab; Tom Rogers, Managing Director, Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab; Senthil CP, Technical Director, Auburn University RFID Lab

11:45 AM
Sponsored  Session

Learn how leading RFID and sensor fusion technology providers are addressing the needs of companies in the aviation and aerospace sectors. Hear about the latest innovations and how these technologies are being used to deliver a return on investment within two years. 

Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

12:15 PM
Lunch Break
1:00 PM
Serialized Inventory Data Standards

With the proliferation of private space industry and growth of commercial aviation, it is important that we establish a set of data standards to be used by all organizations involved in these industries. The aerospace and aviation sectors need to agree on a set of data standards, collected via a variety of sensor fusion technologies, to track goods and assets moving through the supply chain. This session explores the options available and the benefits and limitations of each, and the importance of establishing these data standards.

1:45 PM
Passenger Baggage and Cargo Sensor Tracking

One of the first successful applications of sensor fusion technologies in airlines has been the use of RFID to track baggage, which has resulted in a reduction of costs and customer complaints. Through the REALM program, NASA has been tracking Cargo Transfer Bags to the International Space Station. This session explains how each of these industries approach a similar problem, and how we can learn from each other to develop best practices for each.

Speaker: Brandon WoodruffManager, ACS Tools, Infrastructure and Hardware,
Delta Air Lines

2:15 PM
Reusable Assets – Commercial Unit Load Devices (ULDs) and Lunar Surface Cargo Canisters

Tracking assets that are made of metal, subject to harsh conditions and reused over a significant period can be a challenge. This session will look at some of the options commercial operators have used to track ULDs, and how these lessons can potentially be applied to reusable assets on the lunar surface and beyond.

Speakers: Jon Gurney Bell, Innovation & Strategy, UPS Advanced Technology Group;
Victor Alvarez,
GSDO Logistics Acquisition Lead, NASA

2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Panel Discussion: How Other Industries Are Using Sensor Fusion Technologies to Track and Manage Inventory

Apparel retailers, big box stores, quick-service chains and other firms have been using sensor fusion technologies to boost supply chain efficiencies and reduce costs. During this session, you will hear from companies in these sectors and learn how sensor fusion technologies are delivering benefits in their supply chains.

Moderator: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, President, University of Memphis

Panelists: Matt Alexander, Senior Director, Merchandising Transformation, Walmart
Sue Fangmann, U.S. Supply Chain Services, McDonald's Corp. 

4:00 PM
Parts Maintenance ID and Tracking Standards

Commercial aviation has standardized parts identification through ATA and IATA specifications and are developing platforms to share maintenance and safety information of parts to industry partners. Similar challenges face public and private operators in space operations. Tracking parts and maintenance histories creates some special challenges beyond those related to inventory tracking. How is data on a sensor fusion device synced with data stored in the cloud? If there is a difference in the data, which is considered the one, true record? How is data protected from hacking, and what standards are used to ensure partners can share data? These are just some of the questions that will be explored in this session.

SpeakersSenthil CP, Technical Director, Auburn University RFID Lab;

Kevin Ung, Retired Engineer, Boeing

4:30 PM
The Future: Next Meetings and How to Stay Involved

The purpose of the AEROid Summit is to bring together executives from across the aviation and aerospace industries to explore ways sensor fusion technologies and data standards can benefit all players in these sectors. Each of the topics presented are the beginning of ongoing collaborative research workstreams of the Auburn University Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab.  This session will discuss how new companies can participate in this public-private partnership and be a part of the Lab and industry research communities.

Speakers: Justin Patton, Executive Director of RFID Lab and Professor of Practice, Auburn University RFID Lab; Tara Jones, Executive Director of Development, Auburn University

5:00 PM

AeroID Summit:

Creating Standards for
Supply Chain Efficiencies


Sept. 14, 2023

Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral, Fla.


The RFID Lab at Auburn University is a research institute focusing on the business case and technical implementation of RFID and other emerging technologies in retail, aviation, supply chain and manufacturing. The Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab is a spinoff of the original lab and focuses on facilitating the use of sensor fusion technologies in these sectors.


Tom Rogers

Managing Director 

Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab

Auburn University


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