PARIS Simulation Framework

The PARIS Simulation Framework is a Matlab-based simulator developed by SPSC and NXP Semiconductors in 2007 through 2011. The development 2012 through 2013 (ongoing) was done at the Reynolds Lab at Duke University.

The Framework is designed for research on wideband addons to UHF RFID, such as, for example, ranging and localization. In contrast to other UHF RFID Simulators, it is specifically designed to handle (ultra)wideband signals, fading channels, as well as nonlinearities and detuning of tags.


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The framework consists of

  • behavioral models of a UHF RFID tag (provided by NXP Semiconductors) as well as a basic reader implementation,
  • a hybrid RF propagation channel combining raytracing abilities with stochastic smallscale models,
  • parametric selftests for most subroutines,
  • characteristics generators to create the simulator's behavioral models out of measurement data (e.g., impedances), and
  • a core framework that performs simple version control, logging, and exception handling.

A detailed description of the simulator and its models can be found in [1] (Chapter 3). The framework has also been discussed in or used for the following publications: [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8]. A full list of publications can be found here.

Note that the entire framework is a testing release: Even though most functions are covered by the internal selftests, bugs in non-tested features are possible. The system has been tested under Linux (with/without Kerberos/AFS) and Matlab 2008a-2012b. If you experience any problems running the Framework under other operating systems, please contact the maintainer (see below).


  • April 06, 2010: The simulation framework is finally GPL! The first (stable) version beta 1.0 has been uploaded and the homepage went online.
  • Sept 01, 2010: Upload of revision beta 2.0, which is a testing release with a lot of new features and models.
  • Sept 07, 2010: Best paper award at the 3rd EURASIP workshop on RFID technology for the framework's tag reflection coefficient model [4]
  • April 03, 2012: Invited talk at the "RFID Emulators and Simulators" workshop, IEEE RFID 2012, incuding an on-line live demonstration (re-simulating measurement results of a fellow presenter during his presentation).
  • May 08, 2012: Final upload of revision beta 3.0, fixing several severe bugs in beta 2.0. With this upload, the paris_osf repository has become the main development repo, so we'll hopefully see more frequent commits now. Continuous improvements will follow over the next months...
  • May 02, 2013: The framework's tag model was used in the context of optimized MIMO wireless power transfer, presented at IEEE RFID 2013


SVN Access and Contact Information

The project is hosted by SPSC on the lab's SVN server:

Please contact the maintainer, Daniel Arnitz, for

  • SVN access (user/password required)
  • bug reports, feature request, or feedback


Copyright / Authors / License

Copyright 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Daniel Arnitz
   Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory, Graz University of Technology, Austria
   NXP Semiconductors, Gratkorn Austria
Copyright 2012, 2013 Daniel Arnitz
   Reynolds Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, USA

The PARIS Simulation Framework is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
The PARIS Simulation Framework is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the PARIS Simulation Framework. If not, see <>.

Combined Work

The PARIS Simulation Framework uses the following functions covered by other licenses. We would like to thank the respective authors for their efforts and for making their work publicly available.
    Near Perfect Reconstruction Polyphase Filterbank by Wessel Lubberhuizen (2007)
      The files npr_analysis.m, npr_synthesis.m, and npr_coeff.m are licensed under the 2-clause BSD license.
    Recursive Directory Listing by Gus Brown (2009)
       The file rdir.m is licensed under the 2-clause BSD license



This work was supported by NXP Semiconductors, Gratkorn, Austria, and by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under grant 818072.


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