Högskolan Borås

The University of Twente is part of the 4TU federation together with the technical universities of Eindhoven, Delft and Wageningen. The Digital Society Institute of the University of Twente is one of the largest academic ICT research institutes in Europe with over 475 researchers. A clear focus of DSI is the integration of technology-based research and its application in specific domains. The Human Media Interaction (HMI) lab of the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) does research into multimodal interaction: from brain computer interfaces to social robots. It is a multidisciplinary group in which computer science meets social science to investigate and design and evaluate novel forms of human-computer interaction. The HMI group is heavily involved in the MSc. programme “Interaction Technology” and the BSc. programme “Creative Technology”.


Dr. Nils-Krister Persson
Associate Professor

| Workpackage Leader:
Textile Actuators and Large Scale Manufacturing (WP4) |

Nils-Krister is an Associated Professor at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås) and head of the Smart Textiles Technology Lab (University of Borås), which embrace technical-medical research on advanced textiles. Smart Textiles is an innovation hub for future textile products and processes and covers the whole value chain from polymer modeling, fibre technology, fabric forming processes, assembly, dyeing, printing and to a spectrum of integration on functionalization (electrical, chemical, medical etc.). Nils-Krister has broad experience in fibre and textile research and innovation. Of special interest – and part of the activities in his research group, Polymeric E-textiles, are conductive textile fibres, textile photonics, textile microfluidics, electromagnetic propagation, haptic technology, and water purification. In the last case a spin-off from his research, Waterweave was founded devoted to growing fungi on textiles for metal biosorption. In WEAFING the focus is on dynamic textiles i.e. textiles that inherently are able to move by different physical mechanisms. He developed textile surfaces based on thermal mechanisms, the Thermally Activated Textile Actuator, TATA system. Together with Linköping university textile actuators based on electroactive polymer systems and knitting and weaving constructions were developed.

Dr. Tariq Bashir

Tariq Bashir is an Assistant Professor at Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). Tariq has expertise in functionalization of textile materials for smart and interactive applications. He has experiences working with different electroactive polymers (EPAs) and their deposition on conventional textile substrates by using various coating methods, which is also the vital part of the WEAFING project. His knowledge of coating methods, textile material selection and characterization of functional yarns/fabrics will contribute in WEAFING project and will also be beneficial for other work packages in the project

Dr. Li Guo

Li Guo is a senior research at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). Li has experiences in smart textiles research and development, with a special interest in textile sensors and electrodes for healthcare application. Her knowledge of conductive materials and the characterization of conductive materials are high transferable to the project. The knowledge of the production of textile-bases electrodes using advance manufacturing technique will contribute to the WEAFING project.

Carin Backe
PhD candidate

Carin Backe is a textile engineer with a M.Sc. in textile technology from the University of Borås. Continuing her work at the university led to joining the Polymeric E-textiles group and the WEAFING project as the started her PhD education. The focus of her work is the construction of textile actuators by utilising textile manufacturing methods.

Claude Huniade
PhD candidate

Claude Huniade is a PhD student in Textile Material Technology at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). He graduated in 2018 from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT) as a textile engineer in technical textiles and fibrous materials with a specialisation in smart textiles. For the WEAFING project, he focuses on the continuous coating of ionogels and electroactive polymers on textile fibres. His aim is to develop a pilot-line for the production of the electroactive yarns in respect to the textile manufacturing needs.