Polymers and Textiles Conference 2019

November 6-8, 2019
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This conference will cover manufacturing and innovations, advancements in materials and fibers, workforce development, advanced textiles applications, business developments for advanced materials and products and aspects of sustainability. 

Abstract Deadline: October 1, 2019

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The seven major tracks this conference will highlight are:

  1. Manufacturing and Innovation
  2. Advancements in Materials and Fibers
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Advanced Textiles Applications/Smart and Connected
  5. Business Development for Advanced Materials and Products
  6. Sustainability in Smart Fabrics
  7. Evolving Design Processes

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Featured Speakers

Ayman F. Abouraddy

Ayman F. Abouraddy received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 2003, all in electrical engineering. In 2003 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, as a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Yoel Fink (Materials Science & Engineering) and Prof. John D. Joannopoulos (Physics), and then became a Research Scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics in 2005. At MIT he pursued research on novel multi-material optical fiber...Read more

Samantha Burdett

At Shima Seiki USA, Samantha works in Sales and is the Senior Product Developer. Utilizing Shima Seiki’s latest technology, her task is to push the capabilities of the machines and provide innovative, sustainable solutions for flatbed knitting. This includes a focus on Shima’s 3D knitting technology known as WHOLEGARMENT®. Furthermore, Samantha operates and sells the SDS-ONE APEX3 design system that is utilized to reduce the amount of physical prototypes needed during the developing process with virtual samplingRead more

Genevieve Dion

Genevieve Dion is a Design Scientist with extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Her design work is in the permanent collections of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the core of her work Dion explores novel processes that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into unique three-dimensional forms. Within this focus her research team investigates modular production and mass customization of 3D knit fabrication for the development of seamlessly integrated fabric interfaces, "Textile and Garment Devices”.

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Keith Hoover

Keith Hoover is president of Black Swan Textiles, a consulting company specializing in digitalization for the apparel and textile industries, from 3D product design to manufacturing optimization and automation on the factory floor. The company’s current focus involves developing digital models and standards that will enable comprehensive fabric specification, formulation, and QC. He is currently overseeing an end-to-end digital product creation program for Ralph Lauren in New York.

Hoover started his career as a commercial artist and fashion illustrator for such brands as Brooks...Read more

Matthew Kolmes

Mr. Kolmes is the CEO of Supreme Corporation, USA. Supremes’ Mission is to make the highest quality cut, slash, and abrasion resistant yarns, fabrics, and safety products in the world, utilizing proprietary coatings engineered to provide antimicrobial, flame retardant (FR), durable water repellent (DWR), and other desired protective finishes.  Supreme celebrated its fifty-fifth year in business this July and has engineered yarns, fabrics, and safety products for such prestigious organizations including the Japanese Police Department, Dutch SWAT, The Italian Ministry of Defense, and in...Read more

David Schwartz

Dr. David Schwartz is Area Manager in PARC’s Hardware Systems Laboratory. He directs research focused on flexible and wearable electronics and printed and distributed sensor systems and associated analytics, as well as projects in mm-wave technologies and energy efficiency. He also served as the lead circuit and systems designer for PARC’s printed and flexible electronics for eight years. Recent work includes development of printed gas sensors, RF-powered flexible temperature and humidity sensors for building environment optimization, and an in-mouth BLE-enabled saliva biosensor platform....Read more

Conor Walsh

Conor Walsh is the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

He is the is the founder of the Harvard Bio-design Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive wearable technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control...Read more