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Stephen B. Miles

"The Internet of medical things" .. bringing the benefits of serialized identification systems to translational medicine and research. MIT News Office 2014

"New healthcare IoT ideas on the rise," by Shaun Sutner Podcast, IoT Agenda June 2015, Tech Target
"Have you struggled with how your digital health innovations will integrate with EHRs?" Mentor, Brigham Innovation Hub "Epic" Hackathon

Fireside Chat w Adam Landman, MD, #CMIO for Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Hospital Innovation and Integration, Connected things 2016, MIT Enterprise Forum


Stephen Miles is a Research Affiliate at the Auto-ID Labs and the Center for Biomedical Innovation at MIT and a Principal Consultant in Auto-ID Serialization, Track and Trace, ePedigree and HL7 FHIR eHR and Big Data strategies for care coordination and quality/financial benchmarking. Committed to improving communications across professional specialties and subspecialties, organizational and geographic boundaries.

Specialties: Pharmacovigilance, Auto-ID serialization, Applications Programming Interfaces (API's) to exploit common data collection and system of record/eHR infrastructure. Developed programs for multi-stakeholder data exchange including Application Programming Interfaces (API's) for Electronic Product Code (EPC) and wireless sensor data which are now instantiated in ISO/IEEE/ASTM/FDA specifications.


  • Start-ups
  • Program Management
  • Product Management
  • Mobile Technology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Mobile Applications
  • Distributed Systems
  • New Business Development
  • Go-to-market Strategy
  • Location Based Services
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Business Strategy
  • Product Launch
  • Information Architecture
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • RFID+
  • Big Data
  • Supply Chain
  • Strategic Planning
  • Analytics
  • SaaS
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Pharmacovigilence
  • Integration


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
01 / 2013 - Present
Research Affiliate and Consultant, Center for Biomedical Innovation

"Big Data and Serialization" - working with CBI and BIOMAN companies on improved upstream supply chain integrity/risk management using advanced Auto-ID Serialization, Product Tracking and Event Management Systems.

Research interests include leveraging Automated Information Data Capture (AIDC), wireless telemetry and mobile web technologies to enhance chronic disease preventive care and management. Stephen is a recipient with Adam Landman, MD, director of Clinical Informatics in BWH Emergency Medicine, of a Brigham and Womens Hospital's Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) Translatable Technologies & Care Grant for 2012, to create and test NFC mobile applications that may one day make a common task in patient care more pleasant and efficient.

Strategic Consultant, including business plan development, 'go to market' strategy and market/technology due diligence for investors/partners; recently completed due diligence in India for investment bank with interest in supply chain robotics company that resulted in Series A funding.

Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC)
12 / 2010 - Present
Adjunct Research Professor

Participated in original discussions and inception of CASSANDRA project to make container security more efficient and effective. The project addresses the visibility needs of both business and government in the international flow of containerized cargo by developing a data sharing concept that allows an extended assessment of risks by both business and government. CASSANDRA - Common Assessment and Analysis of Risk in global supply chains. Requirements gathering directly with users as well as leveraging findings from other European Commission FP7 research including BRIDGE and eFreight Linked Data project output.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
07 / 2011 - 12 / 2012
Research Affiliate and Consultant, Auto-ID Labs

•Program Committee Chair, Auto-ID Labs Big Data Conference; convened Big Data thought-leaders from across campus, industry and retailers to explore opportunities for improved visibility and operational efficiencies resulting from the ability to "see" unique items; Co-sponsored by GS-1, VICS and the MIT Industrial Liaison Program.

MIT Senseable City Laboratory
2010 - 2011
Research Scientist

Research Scientist Team Lead, Future ENEL; Future ENEL is a multi-disciplinary initiative at MIT aimed at researching futuristic sensor technologies applied to the construction, operation and life cycle management of energy plants that will contribute to shaping the vision of energy management in the 21st century. Led an interdisciplinary team in the Future ENEL project to design a Safety Event Management system for a $4B Euro (4000) worker plant construction project in Slovakia. The Future ENEL project is collaboration between the Senseable City Laboratory, the Media Laboratory Responsive Environments Group and Tangible Media Group and Aero-Astro at MIT.

MIT Auto-ID Labs
12 / 2003 - 06 / 2008
Research Engineer and RFID Evangelist, Auto-ID Labs

•Founder Auto-ID Network Research SIG; sponsors Altria, Intel, Raining Data, Reva Systems •Supervisor MS thesis w/MIT Center for Transportation Logistics; documented EPCglobal Data Exchange WG learnings (Wal*Mart, Target, Gillette, P&G, Kraft, Kimberly Clark, J&J).
•Founder and Co- Chair, RFID Academic Convocation, a global research collaboration. •Co-Editor, “RFID Technology and Applications,” Cambridge University Press, Q4 2007. •SAP Research Sensor ESC Advisory Board Member

Wireless IP Networks
03 / 2001 - 02 / 2002
Co-founder & Vice President of Business Development

•Recruited management team for wireless softswitch start-up, co-founders from ATI Wireless, NMS Communications and Telica. •Led business & technical requirements gathering with Verizon, Cingular, VC’s for Mobile IP signaling gateway to migrate voice traffic to 3G data networks. •Closed business due to telecom collapse.

IronBridge Networks, Inc.
05 / 2000 - 02 / 2001
Vice President of International Sales

•Led IronBridge teams to first customer trials of 300 person MPLS router start-up; •Signed Beta Agreements with Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom & Telecom Italia; •Shipped first IronBridge systems to Energis (National Grid) •Generated, qualified and prioritized prospects through Tradeshow, Marketing & PR •Hired European Sales and Systems Engineering staff on $20MM Revenue Plan •VC parent Newbridge Networks acquired by Alcatel

NMS Communications
11 / 1995 - 04 / 2000
International Channel Manager; GM L.Am.

•Executive Aide to SVP International and company co-founder in acquisition of VOX, a (50) person telephony OEM in Paris; •Liaison to Engineering for OEM’s Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent, Motorola, NTTI and systems integrators. •Expanded role to support opening offices in China, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore •Promoted to GM Latin America; Accomplished turnaround by focusing in principal wireless markets in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. •$4MM Enhanced Services platform sale generated $40MM partner project in 40 cities - 25,000 lines of enhanced SS7 IN, VoIP and virtual call center services. •NMS grew 50% per quarter, from $20MM to $200MM during my tenure.

Officenet, Inc.
07 / 1986 - 06 / 1993
President and Founder

•Built computer services company with offices in Albany, New York City and Chicago for clients including General Electric Turbine Business Operations, American Express/The Boston Company and the MHEC (65) colleges •Founding member of national third-party services association (NCSN/IWSA) •Sold business to Decision One in nationwide roll-up with Sorbus Computer Services and Bell Atlantic.

Computer Field Services, Inc.
06 / 1980 - 07 / 1986
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

specializing in integration of standard oem interface peripherals; third party operating systems support for US Systems Public Housing Authority systems; oil delivery degree day applications

Vice President Sales and Co-founder • Chapter member, American Field Services Managers (AFSM) association. • Acquired Xylogics field service operations; sold business and real estate at 100% gain


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002 - 2003
MS, MBA , Management of Technology

Technology Due Diligence Consultant converged wireline/wireless infrastructure, France Telecom/Orange and British Telecom;

MIT $50K entrepreneurship competition: Semantic Switch CEO

Earlham College
n/a , Program in Integral Education

Farm and Wilderness - Jack Bailey Malraux Fan Club - Tony Bing

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
n/a , Comparative Literature and Linguistics

Organizer, New England Artist Festival and Showcase Organizer; Amherst Jones Library Poetry Readings


IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2015: Jury

RFID Journal Awards 2014 - Judge Showcasing the best RFID deployments, products and research

"Open Chart: Charting Quantitative Properties in LOD;" Filip Zembowicz, David Opolon, Stephen Miles, Second Place, Linked Data Workshop Competition; accepted paper, Linked Data on the Web (LDOW20102 April 27th, 2010, Raleigh, North Carolina);

SAP University Thought Leadership Series White Paper award 2005 Brock, David and Miles, Stephen, “Locating the EPC Read Event, ”


Travel, Early Music, swimming/triathlon and back country skiing; kundalini yoga instructor.


EPCglobal/GS1, W3C, IEEE, ISO, MIT Enterprise Forum Internet of Things circle.


  • English, French


RFID Technology and Applications
04 / 2011-13
Cambridge University Press · Authors: Stephen B. Miles, Sanjay Sarma, John Williams ·

Covering both passive and active RFID systems, the challenges to RFID implementation are addressed using specific industry research examples and common integration issues. Key topics include RF tag performance optimization, evaluation methodologies for RFID and Real-Time-Location Systems (RTLS) and sensors, EPC network simulation, RFID in the retail supply chain, and applications in product lifecycle management, anti-counterfeiting and cold chain management. The book brings together insights from the world's leading research laboratories in the field, including the Auto-ID Labs at MIT, successor to the Auto-ID Center which developed the Electronic Product Code scheme which is set to become the global standard for product identification.MIT Auto-ID Labs's suite of Open Source code and tools for RFID implementation is available at

Tying Risk and Resilience to Supply Chain Performance

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics; Supply Chain Frontiers issue #59                      11 / 2015

Collaborators: Luca Urciuoli, Jeanett Bolther, Leonardo Gomes, Prof. Mustafa Cagri Gurbuz, Spyridon Lekkakos, Stephen Miles, and Philip Spayd.

Efficiency and Usability of a Near Field Communication-Enabled Tablet for Medication Administration                                                                                                                    06 / 2014

JMIR mHealth and uHealth · Authors: Adam Landman, Pam Neri, Alexandra Robertson, dustin McEvoy, Michael Dinsmore, Michael Sweet, Anne Bane, Sukhjit S Takhar, Stephen B. Miles ·

ABSTRACT Background: Barcode-based technology coupled with the electronic medication administration record (e-MAR) reduces medication errors and potential adverse drug events (ADEs). However, many current barcode-enabled medication administration (BCMA) systems are difficult to maneuver and often require multiple barcode scans. We developed a prototype, next generation near field communication-enabled medication administration (NFCMA) system using a tablet. Objective: We compared the efficiency and usability of the prototype NFCMA system with the traditional BCMA system. Methods: We used a mixed-methods design using a randomized observational cross-over study, a survey, and one-on-one interviews to compare the prototype NFCMA system with a traditional BCMA system. The study took place at an academic medical simulation center. Twenty nurses with BCMA experience participated in two simulated patient medication administration scenarios: one using the BCMA system, and the other using the prototype NFCMA system. We collected overall scenario completion time and number of medication scanning attempts per scenario, and compared those using paired t tests. Results: Mean total time to complete the scenarios using the NFCMA and the BCMA systems was 202 seconds and 182 seconds, respectively (P=.09). Mean scan attempts with the NFCMA was 7.6 attempts compared with 6.5 attempts with the BCMA system (P=.12). In the usability survey, 95% (19/20) of participants agreed that the prototype NFCMA system was easy to use and easy to learn, with a pleasant interface. Conclusions: The prototype NFCMA system was well received by nurses and offers promise to improve nurse medication administration efficiency.

Internet of Things - Converging Technologies for Smart Environments and Integrated Ecosystems                                                                                                                           07 / 2013

River Publishers Series in Communications · Editors Ovidiu Vermesan, Peter Friess

Co-author: Chapter 3 - Value Creation for Industry; River Publishers (Aalborg Denmark 2013)

ISBN 978-87-92982-73-5 (print) ISBN 978-87-9282-96-4 (ebook)

11 / 2012
RFID Journal · Authors: Stephen B. Miles, Auto-ID Labs, GS1, EPCglobal, CSAIL, ILP, MTLC ·

Retailers tracking unique items via radio frequency identification are concerned about how to take advantage of all the data they collect. A recent MIT-sponsored event began to address this issue.

RFID and Zero Accidents
01 / 2011
RFID JOURNAL · Authors: Stephen B. Miles, Andrea Riberti, Bob Violino, GENNARO DE MICHELE ·

MIT researchers and Italy's Enel power company are developing advanced technologies and processes to improve safety at power plants and construction sites.

Jan 17, 2011—Safety is a major concern in building and running power plants, because an accident can cause long delays in construction and greatly increase operational costs. Currently, most safety-planning and reporting processes involve labor-intensive manual data collection and post-accident forensics. Now, a research project known as Future Enel aims to transform safety monitoring and management, through the use of radio frequency identification and other advanced technologies.

Investigation of the waste-removal chain through pervasive computing
01 / 2011
IBM Journal of Research and Development · Authors: Avid Boustani, a. girod, l. offenhuber, d. britter, r. wolf, m.i. lee, D,Stephen B. Miles, biderman, a., Carlo Ratti ·

Digital Object Identifier : 10.1147/JRD.2010.2089564 ABSTRACT Environmental sustainability and energy management are increasingly critical issues in people's lives and their livelihood. New and rapidly evolving tracking technologies are major tools for addressing these challenges because they provide visibility to the otherwise hidden processes of everyday infrastructures such as those involving waste removal. By revealing these processes and patterns, the technologies can help influence personal behavior with respect to environmental consciousness. Pervasive monitoring and analysis can also improve environmental sustainability by revealing inefficiencies in the waste-removal chain to municipalities and waste service providers, as well as monitoring compliance with environmental regulations. We present a tracking system for trash that demonstrates how pervasive monitoring can help to better reveal, understand, and improve the waste-management system. Custom-developed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) “trash tags” use the Global System for Mobile communication technology to provide both coarse localization and active return communications. We discuss methods for calculating and visualizing movement of trash and present preliminary results from the Trash Track project, including information about tag performance and discussion of acquired traces.


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