In order to stimulate the progress in smart textiles, emerging developments need to be identified and selectively strengthened. Hence, this issue reports on a three-dimensional roadmap on smart textiles. It aims at contributing to set future actions in research, education and technology development. Research activities and technological developments are mapped, barriers and drivers of technological, strategic and societal and economical origins are identified. Finally, recommendations are phrased on how to overcome barriers and to progress in the field of smart textiles.
Lieva began her career by training as a Civil Engineer in the textile industries. She later completed her PhD in Applied Sciences at Ghent University and has since gone on to become a senior professor. Lieva has won numerous awards, most notably the Doctor Honoris Causa "for outstanding contributions to textile research and development for her support in" Aurel Vlaicu "University Scientific activities" (March 29, 2005, Aurel Vlaicu University Arad, Romania). She is involved in the evaluation of many key research projects and assists in policymaking groups relating to the field of intelligent textiles.
1. Introduction 2. Defining a smart textile system, 3. Research and product landscape - where are we now? 4. Smart textile market potential - where do we want to be? 5. Barriers and drivers to progress and possible solutions - what is stopping and what encourages us getting there? 6. Specific market studies, 7. Overall recommendations - what do we do next?
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