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Keynotes speakers 

STAR GUEST

 

THE IMPACT AND LEGACY OF OUR CLOTHING IS TO IDENTIFY US AS A NATION
Tracy Toulouse

Tracy Toulouse is from the North Shores of Lake Huron, a proud member of Sagamok Anishnawbek. Tracy is an apparel and a traditional craft artisan. Tracy’s artistic vision incorporates authentic Woodland storytelling motifs with modern clothing design dedicated to quality, comfort, and identifiable style. Tracy’s mode infuses applique, leather, fur, antler bone, birchbark, beadwork and ribbonwork. Tracy’s designs reinforce the Indigenous spirit and its connection to the land, showcasing this spirit in a wearable voice to be heard and felt by all. Each design carries the tradition and spirit of the Woodland Indigenous people.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

HOW ESITH WAS ABLE TO SUPPORT THE OPERATORS OF THE MOROCCAN TEXTILE SECTOR DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Omar Cherkaoui


Omar Cherkaoui has a doctorate in chemistry since 1996 at the University Claude Bernard of Lyon. He has been a professor-researcher at ESITH since 1997. His subjects cover textile chemistry, textile finishing, polymer chemistry and unconventional “technical textiles” textiles. Since 2009, he has been in charge of the textile research laboratory “REMTEX”. Currently he’s R&D Director at ESITH since 2015. He is responsible and member of the organizing committee of the ITMC International Conference on intelligent Textiles and Mass Customization or Mass Customization. He is an expert in finishing, wastewater treatment, resource efficiency, engineering, laboratory design and testing, chemical risks and technical auditor of ISO 17027 testing and inspection laboratories. His scientific research focuses on the functionalization of textile fibers and the valorization of natural fibers and textile waste into products with high added value and in development of advanced textile materials. His scientific output is over 150 publications in indexed journals and 24 patents.

FIBER-BASED MATERIALS: FROM NANO TO MACRO SCALE
Raul Fangueiro


Prof. Raul Fangueiro is currently Full Professor and senior researcher in the School of Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal. He is the Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of the Center for Textile Science and Technology of the same university with expertise in advanced materials (nano, smart, composites) and structures (3D, auxetic, multiscale) with 45 researchers. He is the mentor and the coordinator of the FIBRENAMICS – Institute of Innovation on Fiber-based Materials and Composites (www.fibrenamics.com) including 350 partners developing promotion, dissemination, technology transfer and research activities on fiber-based advanced materials. He has more than 180 published papers in international reputed scientific journals, 450 conference publications, 36 books and 40 patents. He is the scientific coordinator of several national and international research projects on advanced fibrous and composite materials, mainly for building, defense, architecture and health-care applications. He supervised various PhD and Pos-Doc scientific works and is the chair of AUXDEFENSE – World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense and ICNF – International Conference on Natural Fibers. Raul Fangueiro is the founder of the WANFR – World Association of Natural Fibers Research, member of the editorial board of several leading international scientific journals on composite and fibrous materials, and member of several working groups of the European Defense Agency and NATO.

THE ROLE OF SMART TEXTILES IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTH

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier


Pierre-Alexandre Fournier is co-founder and CEO of Montreal-based Hexoskin (www.hexoskin.com), a world leader in smart clothing for vital signs monitoring and AI software for clinical applications. Hexoskin was founded in 2006 and launched in 2013 the first iPhone compatible smart clothing for health monitoring, which won several international awards. In 2018 Hexoskin launched Astroskin, a set of smart garments for clinical research that has been adopted for the remote health monitoring of astronauts in the International Space Station. Pierre-Alexandre is also an advocate for transparency in healthcare, patient empowerment, and healthcare innovation through design.

PATTERNMAKING FOR ATTRACTIVE CLOTHING FOR MASS CUSTOMIZATION

KyoungOk Kim


Dr. KyoungOk Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Textile and Kansei Engineering, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University and Division of Fashion and Smart textile, Institute for Fiber Engineering (IFES), Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER), Shinshu University, Japan. She received her Ph.D. from Shinshu University in Textile Engineering. Her research interests are clothing engineering, textile engineering, and Kansei engineering for both apparel and textile fields.

SMART MATERIALS&SYSTEMS: HAS EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY BECOME VITAL TO COMMERCIALISATION ?
Marie O’Mahony


Dr. Marie O’Mahony is a sole proprietor of O’Mahony Consultancy with more than twenty years’ experience in smart materials and wearable technology. She is also Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and has written six books on smart materials and advanced textiles, five of these published with Thames and Hudson. She has previously served on the Australian Government’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear Innovation Council (TCFIIC) and is currently a Leadership Council Member with intelliWEAR.

INTELLIGENT GARMENTS FOR ONLINE MONITORING OF HUMAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
Xianyi Zeng


Xianyi Zeng is a distinguished professor in ENSAIT Textile Engineer School, France, Director of the GEMTEX Laboratory. His main research interests include artificial intelligence, digital fashion, sensory analysis, intelligent wearable systems, computerized garment design and customized production management. He has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and presented more than 200 papers at international conferences, and supervised more than 30 PhD students. In addition, he has been a PI of three European projects such as FBD_BModel (H2020 Program) and a number of national and regional research projects as well as industrial projects in cooperation with international groups in France and Europe.

THE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH : A MAJOR STAKE IN MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW

Corinne Farace 

PhD in Molecular Biology with a postgraduate degree in business, Corinne Farace has followed-up and did coaching of leaders of SME. She has also worked in local authorities and for the university. Her driving force is innovation. Since 2005, Corinne Farace is the CEO of Techtera, the state-approved innovation cluster dedicated to the French textile industry.

Her mission is to increase the competitiveness of companies through collaborative innovation.