The Research Library



 Alongside the The Universe, The Core and the Wearables Lab, another feature of the programme is The Research Library. As an academic institution Ravensbourne wanted to surface and connect any current research emerging in the wearables space and we are glad to bring the rigour and depth of academic work together with the content from other sessions at the event.  The following provocation was sent out back in October in a call for papers:

“The fashion, technology, design and anthropology fields are converging in order to seek an aesthetic for wearable computing and smart materials. As Cho comments, “it is necessary to embed electronic functions in textiles so that both electronic functionality and textile characteristics are retained…combining wearable technology and clothing/textile science is essential to achieve smart clothing for real wearability” (Cho 2010).

We propose, furthermore, that the future of wearable technology and smart materials will centre on the effective assimilation of need, functionality, accessibility and desirability. Achievements to date are formidable but further collaborative work is required to make wearable technology and smart materials part of our everyday lives.

We therefore call for papers that demonstrate collaborative working across the fields of design, fashion, engineering and technology. Furthermore we would like to invite studies, which demonstrate how collaborative working is applied to the fields of smart materials and wearable technology, specifically in order to meet the needs of the future consumer.”

The areas that we were particularly interested in surfacing research for were:

– User-centered design or ethnography in the field of wearable computing
– Garments and accessories that embed computational devices of any kind
– Intelligent fabrics.
– The embedding of geo-location in garments or other wearable items
– Future health monitoring technology integrated into clothing
– 3D digital printing as a manufacturing alternative to Cut, Make, and Trim (CMT).
– The use of wearable technologies and smart materials for future cities

The Research Library will be running on Day 2 (Wednesday 11th December) and the sessions and themes are below.




Panel Chair: Caroline Gilbey

Saverio Romeo, Principal Analysist, Beecham Research

What are wearable technologies, in which sectors will we see wearable devices; this is the case of technology and aesthetics. The role of arts, designers and fashion.

Anne Prahl, Doctoral Student London College of Fashion

Wearable e-noses for health & wellbeing: Exploring and probing a real user-need. Lifelogging and data collection to inform the creation of wearable technology. Ethnographic Action Research within the Quantified Self community




Panel Chair: Dr Rosemary Stott

Ainsley Hillard, University of Wales

Weaving conductive textiles to create dynamic interactive works that when touched activate sounds within audio textile installations, &  weaving conductive textiles that are printed with thermo-chromic inks and activated through bespoke printed circuits.

 Priti Veja, Doctoral Student Brunel

Woven electronic textile design: An integrated, design-led approach.

Matilda Aspinall, Doctoral Student UAL

Unpicking: Historical re-fashioning skills, digital technology and the design and construction of contemporary clothing. The examination of historical garments through the embedding of embroidered QR codes in order to track the history of clothing and other information, in order to assist both the sustainability and application of technologies.




Panel Chair: Professor Lizzie Jackson

Jane McCann, Researcher

Design for Ageing Well: An approach to clothing layering for active aging.

Corelli College/David Holloway

Corelli College School students demonstrate their ultimate school uniforms, and how they have embedded computing within those garments.


More information about all of the speakers can be seen on their bios on our speakers pages.