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Doctor Kai Yang

Associate Professor in Textile Design

Research interests

  • Electronic textile materials and manufacturing
  • Wearable medical devices (e.g. stroke rehabilitation, pain management)
  • Digital healthcare

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Kai


Address: Satellite - Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DL (View in Google Maps)

How to update your personal details

Profile photo 
Upload your profile photo in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Your profile photo in Pure is not linked to your public staff profile. Choose a clear, recent headshot where you are easily recognisable. Your image should be at least 340 by 395 pixels. 

To change your name or prefix title contact Ask HR (opens in new tab)  If you want to update an academic title you'll need to provide evidence e.g. a PhD certificate. The way your name is displayed is automatic and cannot be changed. You can also update your post-nominal letters in Subscribe (opens in a new tab).

Job title 
Raise a request through ServiceNow (opens in a new tab) to change your job title (40 characters maximum) unless you're on the ERE career pathway. If you're on the ERE path you can not change your main job title, but you can request other minor updates through Ask HR (opens in new tab). If you have more than one post only your main job title will display here, but you can add further posts or roles in other sections of your profile.

Research interests (for researchers only) 
Add up to 5 research interests. The first 3 will appear in your staff profile next to your name. The full list will appear on your research page. Keep these brief and focus on the keywords people may use when searching for your work. Use a different line for each one.

In Pure (opens in a new tab), select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading 'Curriculum and research description', select 'Add profile information'. In the dropdown menu, select 'Research interests: use separate lines'.

Contact details 
Add or update your email address, telephone number and postal address in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Use your University email address for your primary email. 

You can link to your Google Scholar, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts through Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’.  In the 'Links' section, use the 'Add link' button. 

Create or connect your ORCID ID in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’ and then 'Create or Connect your ORCID ID'.

Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only) 
Choose to show whether you’re currently accepting PhD applicants or not in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. In the 'Portal details' section, select 'Yes' or 'No' to indicate your choice. 


Dr Kai Yang is a visiting Principal Research Fellow in the Smart Electronic Materials and Systems (SEMS) Research group at the University of Southampton. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Material Engineering from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China in 2004; and PhD. in Chemistry for the University of Leeds in 2009. She has over 10 years’ experience of e-textiles. Her work primarily focused on the e-textile materials, manufacturing and application development (e.g. healthcare, wearable technologies).

She has been awarded an EPSRC Innovation Fellowship (EP/S001654/1) in 2018 to develop “Advanced E-textiles for Wearable Therapeutics” with the initial application focusing on the osteoarthritis knee joint pain. The technology is also applicable for the knee joint pain caused by other conditions (e.g. injury, post-surgery pain) and other joint pain (e.g. back, shoulder, and hip).

She was PI on the £1.1 million SMARTmove project ( funded by Medical Research Council (MRC). SMARTmove project has developed a textile based wearable Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) training system for stroke upper limb rehabilitation.

She was Co-I of the EPSRC E-textiles Network ( The Network is to bring together researchers and developers from academia and industry interested in adding electronic functionality to textiles and their related products. She is Co-Chair for E-textile Conference 2019, 2020, and 2021.

She was the runner-up for the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award 2016 and is a RAEng Enterprise Hub member.  She was co-founder of University spin-out company Smart Fabric Inks ( which was established based on the know-how on the functional inks she co-developed for printing electronics on textiles. The company has sold inks to 10 countries worldwide. Smart Fabric Inks was a finalist for the Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition 2017 and Merck Displaying Futures Award 2017.

How to update your 'about' section

You can update this in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading and then ‘Curriculum and research description’, select ‘Add profile information’. In the dropdown menu, select - ‘About’.

Write about yourself in the third person. Aim for 100 to 150 words covering the main points about who you are and what you currently do. Clear, simple language is best. You can include specialist or technical terms.

You’ll be able to add details about your research, publications, career and academic history to other sections of your staff profile.

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