Work-in-progress (WIP) Papers © [for a general view on research, go to here]
RFID Adoption: Three
Phases into the Integrative Era
With the benefits of RFID technology articulated,
we define three phases of business transformation as the
intrusive RFID technology is being adopted by mainstream
business processes with unprecedented industries' support.
In this study, we propose three phases in the adoption of
RFID technology: 1) Standalone adoption leading
to products-in-motion, similar in nature as the onset of
the Reactive Web Era, 2) Community adoption leading
to chains-in-motion with interactivity among partners, similar
in nature as the Interactive Web Era, and 3) Global
adoption leading to business-in-motion such that e-business
is conducted and visualized online. This is another evolutionary
view of the far-reaching impacts of RFID technology in the
Integrative Web Era.
The topic was presented at the ICBC
2007 conference, and now appeared in IJEB 2009.
Services for Privacy and Security in RFID-based Information
The adoption of RFID technology will be
extensive, both in scope globally and in participation in
number of industries. RFID-based information flow will cut
across partners in business chains (e.g., supply chains
and logistics service chains) that extended beyond borders.
The impact of the RFID technology on e-business will be
felt by trading partners individually and collectively,
raising new privacy and security concerns. The on-demand
capability of trading partners to share RFID-based data
and information without compromising individual privacy
and security is crucial to the success of RFID adoption
in business chains, achieving real-time visibility for partners
as such information and physical flows are timely synchronized,
even to the unique item level.
A two-part working paper
is in preparation as of January 2009 - suggested technologies
are prototyped to be illustrated in a supply chain. A preliminary
version (second part) was presented at ICED 2008 in Hawaii.
The term 'visibility' was introduced in the discussion. After a successful design and implementation of RFID adoption in a full garment supply chain, the term visibility now gathers more 'meanings' (can be articulated in a general fashion). The title may take "Supply Chain Visibility Entitlement: A ReBAC Model" (September 2, 2011)
for AOLA e-Learning in Mathematics Education
A mathematical computation is required to
be carried out, numerically or graphically or both for a
problem exercise in a textbook, a newly derived
formula, or a statistical estimation in mathematical form.
The sequence of mathematical manipulation usually is known,
and computationally possible as long as the proper formulation
is expressed symbolically for a computing engine to follow.
The engine could be a graphics calculator or a network of
workstations distributedly controlled. Conceptually sound
yet design and implementation of such a process using computers
may not be fully understood. This paper discusses the elements
that are characteristical of mathematical computations,
and how such computations can be carried out leveraging
the Web as the open environment. We look at the landscape
of current Internet technology in such facilitation and
the degree in which such facilitation has reached; we suggest
how this landscape should advance to meet the challenging
of the users' community.
No new development
here. Wonder if anyone out there would like to pick up this
topic? Email to any2any
As of September 2, 2011, there is no taker!!! This topic becomes old and will be retired next year.
activityML: a Language
for Mathematics Activities to be Dynamic and On-demand
Posting a mathematics activity from a printed
medium on the Web can be done easily - scan and post. In
this case, the Web is used as a delivery channel. The learners
can now view the activity online anytime and most likely
anywhere. We intend an activity to include
examples and exercises, and even assessments. We also intend
to deliver the activity to the learners online via the Web,
and to allow the learners to continue to
'work' on the activity online - paper and pencils would
only require if notes are necessary during the learning
process. That is, such an activity delivered to the online
learners must be real - that is, editable, manipulatable,
activatable and manageable. To capture all these characteristics,
and to ensure interoperability across all systems, a language
called activityML, is developed, along with basic technology
to enable such a language to come alive on the Web.
for activityML deployment is currently being developed and
a Beta version is now available at here
myAirport: How RFID Is Transforming the Hong Kong
The adoption of RFID technology by the HKIA
is in itself a deed not viewed favorably by many. We are
well aware of the dialectic views on RFID technology. However,
it is the holistic benefits of the industry as a result
of adopting RFID technology that may silence critics and
convince doubtful bystanders. Particularly, we believe that
the HKIA has taken a first bold step many people have shunned
or voted down. However, this is a step that is perceived
functionally to be at par with the existing bar code system.
Hence, we will learn from the experiences – business,
managerial, and technical, and now the opportunities ahead
towards myAirport which is a personalized destination management,
where each airport adapts to customers’ needs, providing
them with an integrative destination chain likened to a
supply chain that knows exactly what end-customers want.
Each airport is myAirport, and here, customers are treated
appropriately, and their bags are handled accordingly, just
as each supply chain partner deals with customer orders
as their personal order, ensuring coordination with the
upstream partner and cooperation with the downstream partner.
An extended abstract (3
pages) was complete in early 2007 but no taker; we are still
trying as the HKIA has moved into the 2nd generation of
RFID tags and integration with the luggage tape (that has
been part of the aviation industry since when?) - fly out
from Hong Kong and you will know.
This research thread will not be continued but merged into RFID Adoption in general as an example (September 2, 2011).
Flourish in the Integrative Web Era?
The Integrative Web Era is here and we are
living in it. Before this era, we propose that there are
three preceding ones: the first delineates the Web from
our earlier electronic world as the Pre-Web era, followed
by the Reactive Web Era and the Interactive Web Era. Yet,
as we stepped into the 21st century, it seems the forward
motion of the Integrative Era is not as strong and well-defined
as the two preceding ones. Can businesses survive through
the Era and continues to reap benefits of conducting business
online, or the Integrative era would just fade away and
be replaced with a lesser entity - collaborative web era?
26, 2009] At this time, we believe the integrative web era
will remain and continue for another minimum of 5 years (well, at this time - September 2, 2011, it has been half gone...),
if not longer. Conceptual work will occupy the research
space in those years as we foresee a number of topics are
of importance to further shape the era. These topics, as
we will call them now, include decision dynamics, 3rd party
e-services (a preliminary paper is in preparation and to
be presented in a Wuhan China IEEE conference), knowledge
fabrics, and dynamic partnership (a preliminary paper is
in preparation). See the research section >>
Planning in the Logistics e-Platform: A Framework
The word 'collaboration' has been used loosely
in every aspects of doing business on the web. The implications
are mostly correct as such that the web nurtures an environment
where partnership can be ad hoc, and collaborations bring
leverage and bargaining power to the parties engaged in
bidding for businesses. If such collaborations are referred
to e-Collaborations, then there are not much discussion
in such a concept. In here, we use logistics services to
highlight the different levels of collaborations, and proposed
a framework for further study, allowing the design of web-based
facilitations for e-Collaborations.
A paper on
e-Collaboration is currently being prepared as of May 2008.
An e-DSP for Collaborative
Decision Support in e-Business
In this research, we investigate the nature
of decision support in this new emerging era where online
e-business prevails. Decision support takes on a different
identity in the new e-environment where needs and situations
are dynamic. We call this e-DSP, a platform where decision
support is enabled within this e-business operating environment.
Traditional decision support systems at company level no
longer harbour the same characteristics as e-DSP. We plan
to scan the literature of developing trends of DSS, followed
by an analytical comparison of these DSSs. We then develop
the underpinning of the role of e-DSP. Characterization
of e-DSP will follow, providing a framework for technology
consideration. Based on recognized e-infrastructure of e-business
and e-commerce, a recommended e-infrastructure for e-DSP
is provided. A review of current and emerging Internet &
Web technology provides a sense of readiness of how realistic
of the deployment of e-DSP in the integrative era.
A conference presentation
was made on the topic in a Singapore conference. An updated version will be submitted to IJEB as of September 2, 2011.
An Overview of SCOR: Its Role in RFID Adoption
In this research, we raise the question
of how to measure the contribution of RFID adoption in a
supply chain (or any business chain for that matter). In
order to provide an answer, there are these issues we must
address first: 1) how does a supply chain can be described
uniformly that can be compared to others in the same industry,
and to others in different industries? 2) how could one
determine the hotspot for installing RFID check points to
gain an upper hand in supply chain management? What defines
an 'upper hand'? and 3) what contributions and in what sense?
At this time, we will address the first issue, with the
intention of the other two issues would be apparently obvious
once a possible framework is developed.
Initial understanding of
SCOR was organized in here.
[January 26, 2009] SCOR version 9.0 was out (we were looking
SCOR version 8.0). Academic papers using SCOR as a reference in supply chain research remain undeniably
none if not counting the one or two articles. Some papers used SCOR more as a vocabulary to tell
how the authors view the supply chains and in what particular level of details of certain study is
conducted. We remain positive on SCOR and research is continuing... [September 2, 2011] SCOR version 10.0 is on the horizon. We will expand on this topic...it is getting more interesting when hotspots, visibility templates and IoTGoLive (first mention here) are added.