Symposium D
Smart and Interactive Textiles
Advisory Board
Invited Speakers

Research for an increased palette of highly functional applications of textiles is intensively pursued by exploring the opportunities offered by both:
i-manipulating textile materials down to the nanoscale at the purpose of creating improved or new “smart” adaptive/active functions;
ii- fostering the so-called “e-Textiles” where the invisible incorporation of electronics, computing and digital functions within fabrics, results in an intelligent integrated system which can provide flexible sensing, actuation and wireless communication platforms enabling a new dimension of intelligent high-tech fabrics and wearable garments.
Creating passive and active electronic functions directly on single textile fibres (“Fibertronics”) by using production techniques fully compatible with textiles may be felt as the ultimate goal for E-textile research. The recent achievements in organic micro-scale transistors, digital logic functions and solar cells created with single fibres indeed appear to open interesting prospects for 3D polymer micro electronics and optoelectronics to be directly integrated into a fabric.

This Symposium aims at gathering research and industry people to report and discuss recent achievements within this largely interdisciplinary research field. Interest will be on: i) advances in materials functions for their integration in adaptive/active textiles; ii) the development of conformable electronics and optoelectronics for cost-effective fabric based technologies including neural network and systems for signal transmission, processing and control; iii) prospects for Fibertronics and hybrid e-Textile systems and iv) the broad range of commercial and ongoing applications.

Session Topics

D-1 Adaptive/Active Textiles

  • Nanoscale modification of the intrinsic properties of fibres by making them sensitive to electric and magnetic fields, to motion, humidity, light, temperature, and chemical and biochemical environments
  • Integrating/dispersing/coating textiles with stimuli-responsive smart materials ( e.g. electroactive, shape memory, phase change, micro capsules, membranes, nanotubes…) for new or improved functionality

D-2 e-Textiles

  • Advances in conformable electronics for fabric based devices
  • Embedding sensing/actuation/communication capability into functional fabrics and into wearable wireless platforms: sensors, processors, power sources, interconnects, antennas
  • Advances in fibertronics and e-textile hybrid systems.
  • Packaging issues
  • Sensors networks, data mining, signal processing and control

D-3 Functionality, Manufacturing, Application

  • Sensing and actuating
  • Communication and information
  • Energy harvesting and storage
  • Environmental protection
  • Thermal regulation
  • Optical/photonic
  • Antibacterial
  • Self cleaning, hydrophobic
  • Self shaping, self healing
Manufacturing and Commercial and Ongoing Applications
Design, Manufacturing, Testing, Qualification, Reliability, Field trials
  • Healthcare and medical
  • Ergonomics and rehabilitation
  • Fashion
  • Work and emergency disaster wear
  • Military and security
  • Sport and wellness
  • Lighting systems
  • Civil engineering
  • Structural monitoring and control
  • Transportation
  • Personal mobile systems
  • Energy & environment