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. Edwin Jager
| Workpackage Leader:
In-air actuating yarns (WP3) |
Edwin is Associated Professor in Applied Physics. He received his M.Sc.Eng. degree (or) in Applied Physics at University of Twente, The Netherlands in 1996, specializing in transduction science. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Linköping University, Sweden. During his PhD-studies, he developed biomedical applications of polypyrrole microactuators, such as a “cell clinic” and a microrobot. This work was continued in several spin-off companies developing and commercializing medical applications of the polypyrrole actuator technology in collaboration with large medical device companies. Thereafter, he returned to academia as an assistant professor in made transitions between disciplines (e.g. Biosensors, Electroactive Polymers) and holds close contacts to international research groups (Australia, Japan).
Dr. Daniel Melling
Daniel Melling returned to academic research after working for approximately ten years in the polymer and pharmaceutical industries where he undertook research synthesising new materials and undertaking method development for quality control. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2013 from Cranfield University (UK) on the impact of structural changes on the actuation of polypyrroles. As a postdoc in the group of Sir Alfred Cuschieri, IMSaT, University of Dundee (UK) he worked on the development of new materials for surgical robotics until 2018, where he was appointed head of the Smart Materials and Polymer laboratory. Here he obtained funding as a Co-PI to develop new composite hydrogels for coating textiles for use in wound dressings for the treatment of pressure ulcers. Since 2019 he moved to IFM,Linköping University, Sweden, to join the Sensors and Actuators group of Edwin Jager to develop new conjugated polymer-ionogel composites, for fibre and textile actuators on the EU2020 project Weafing.
Johanna received her M.Sc. in Engineering Biology from Linköping University in 2019. During her master’s thesis she investigated how the thickness of a layer of the conductive polymer polypyrrole affected strain and speed of movement of electroactive yarns as a part of the EU H2020 WEAFING project. After receiving her degree, she started as a PhD student in the group of Edwin Jager (Sensors and Actuator Systems) with the goal to develop in-air actuating, electroactive yarns with enhanced performance to be integrated in fabrics and garments for haptics within the same WEAFING project.
Dr. Shayan Mehraeen
Shayan Mehraeen has a background in materials science and engineering. He received his PhD within polymeric actuators based on conductive polymers in 2018 from Sabanci University (Turkey). Since then, he joined Bionics and Transduction Unit at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at Linköping University (Sweden) as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Dr. Edwin Jager. He is currently working on the preparation and characterization of smart yarn and fabric actuators.