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This presentation will detail that development of electronic sensor yarns, which can be used to create sensing textiles. Examples of sensor yarns and garments will be given, with both the creation of acoustic sensing yarns and optically sensitive (photodiode) yarns being given as case studies.
Mr. Satharasighe is a PhD research student in his 2nd year of studies in the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University, where his current work is on the study of optical sensors embedded inside textile structures. He has a background in textile materials and process engineering and completed his MSc in nanoscience and nanotechnology. He also has 7+ years of industry experience in developing innovative solutions for world's top textile and apparel brands and emerging tech start-ups specially on wearable electronics.
The Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG), formed by Professor Tilak Dias, is one of the fastest growing departments at Nottingham Trent University. The research of the group runs along two main topics: Electronic Textiles and Yarns, focusing on embedding electronic functionality into yarns and textiles; and Flexural Materials, focusing on advanced knitted and woven structures, elastomeric composites and bio-realistic modelling. LED electronic yarns made by the group have been used by Bonnie Binary and associates to create a dress that demonstrates the flexible properties of these illuminated textile yarns that are embroidered onto the surface.