“OMsignal: developing a biometric shirt for Ralph Lauren,” with Joanna Berzowska, Tuesday 17 November, from 5pm-7pm

The Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster invites you for a thematic 5-à-7 on Tuesday 17 November, from 5pm-7pm

Concordia University EV Building, 1515 Ste Catherine W. 10th floor (EV10-730)

We welcome students, researchers, and faculty to find out more about the Textiles and Materiality research activities and consider ways you might want to get involved or collaborate. Faculty currently involved in the cluster are Joanna Berzowska, pk Langshaw, Barbara Layne, Kelly Thompson, and Kathleen Vaughan.

Fourth Thematic 5-à-7
“OMsignal: developing a biometric shirt for Ralph Lauren”
with Joanna Berzowska

Joanna will give a 30 minute presentation discussing the development of the biometric shirt product for Ralph Lauren, the future of biometric textiles and smart textile manufacturing, the relationship between academic research and industrial research, manufacturing both locally and in Asia, and other aspects of the OMsignal adventure.


Joanna Berzowska is the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel. She is also Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal as well as the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments.

A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies, focusing on innovation in composite functional fibers, soft electronics, and additive manufacturing. Joanna’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others.She holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Lab. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues.


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