ABSTRACT: Textile electronics provide the potential to advance garments to provide a distributed system of electronics (sensing and energy harvesting) that can enable new dynamics in health, fitness, industrial and entertainment. Primary challenges exist in the development of this marketplace, namely manufacturable integration strategies for durable and comfortable devices as well as the validation of these devices in real human scenarios. This presentation will review activity in the NEXT (Nano-Extended Textiles) research group at NC State, focused on the use of engineering design principles to develop integration and materials strategies of electronics in textiles that are industry relevant now and novel techniques that enable future industry growth. Through the examination of these methods at a system level, an understanding of their impact and relevance can be defined and iterated for improved performance. Of particular interest is the development of sensing systems that harvest energy from the human body. The performance of the textile electronics in relation to complex human scenarios, based on the user’s activity and external environment, are assessed to understand sensing performance and self-powered strategies.
BIO: Dr. Jesse Jur is an Assistant Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science at NC State University's College of Textiles, the global leader in textile education and research. After undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina and industrial experience in Silicon Valley, Dr. Jur earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at N.C. State in 2007. Dr. Jur studies the interfaces of technologies from semiconductor device development to textile designs. His current research focuses on integration of systems electronics into wearable platforms for energy harvesting and monitoring of a person's environmental and physiological state. He is the Technology Thrust Leader for ‘Wearability and Data’ for ASSIST (Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies), a National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC). He is also the co-director of the Textile Engineering and Textile Technology Engineering Design Program in the College of Textiles, an intensive course that interfaces students and industry for innovative product development.
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