Christian Dalsgaard             

 Prof. Henry Yi Li

Professor and Chair of Textile Science and Engineering, University of Manchester




Prof. Yi Li is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, Commerce and Manufacturing and International Biographical Association and Fellow of the Textile Institute, and adjunct professor of a number of universities in China and a member of several professional bodies. He is the Chairman of Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society and the Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics”. By securing over £10 million in research funding and obtaining support from government funding bodies and industry, he established the Textile Bioengineering Framework to conduct systematic research in textile thermal bioengineering, biomechanical engineering, sensory bioengineering and biomedical engineering, with significant research outputs in biomaterials, nano scale drug delivery systems, nano fiber based scaffolds and textile devices for tissue engineering and stents, graphene and 2D material fibers and fabrics, smart e-textile materials and components, intelligent wearables, textile material functional testing and characterization, digital apparel and clothing functional design, cloud computational technology for fashion bid data business models, textile ecological and carbon footprint and industry sustainability and strategic technology roadmap development, which has become an international platform of design and engineering textiles to promote industry-university cooperation and accelerate technology transfer. On-going projects include EU H2020 “Welding e-textile for interactive clothing” and “Fashion Bid Data Business Models”.

He has supervised over 50 PhD students and more than 130 research personnel. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 422 SCI/CPCI papers and peer reviewed conference papers with 10152 citations and h-index of 54 and i10-index 203 as being recognized as an international leading expert in smart functional textiles. He is selected on the list of “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2013 by THOMSON REUTERS.He owns more than 80 patents, including 46 patents granted in China, USA and Australia and 27 IP properties transferred to industry. With over 110 invited keynote/plenary lectures in conferences, he has more than 54 awards on outstanding research papers, patent inventions and technology transfer. The inventions from his team have been successfully commercialized.

Presentation Title:

  • Smart E-Textile Wearable Technology Developments

Presentation Summary:

  • In this presentation, the development of smart e-textile wearable technologies and standards in IEC and ISO will be reviewed, together with introduction of relevant initiatives in the University of Manchester. The relevant research projects in the university and in collaboration with many EU partners are introduced.  The key challenges are identified and key initiatives in different regions are reviewed and discussed to reveal the potential opportunities and strategic developments of future textile wearables and standards.