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Winchester School of Art

Dr Kai Yang DPhil, MRSC

Associate Professor of Textiles Design and Innovation

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Dr Kai Yang is an Associate Professor in Textile Design and Innovation at the Winchester School of Art (WSA), University of Southampton.

She received her BSc in Material Engineering from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China, in 2004; and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 2009. She joined the Electronics and Computer Sciences, University of Southampton, as a Research Fellow in 2009, promoted to a Senior Research Fellow in 2015 and Principal Research Fellowship in 2018. She joined WSA in 2020 as an Associate Professor. Her research interests are in electronic textile materials, manufacturing, and application development (e.g. healthcare, wearable technologies). She has published over 60 papers.

She has been awarded an EPSRC Innovation Fellowship in 2018 to develop “Advanced E-textiles for Wearable Therapeutics” with the initial application focusing on the osteoarthritis knee joint pain management. She was PI on the £1.1 million SMARTmove project funded by Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop 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 International Conference 2019, 2020 and 2021.

She was the runner-up for the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award 2016. She a co-founder of University spin-out company Smart Fabric Inks and founder of start-up Etexsense.

Research interests

Advanced Materials: ink/paste formulations for printing electronics on textiles (e.g. interface, encapsulation, conductor, piezoelectric, piezoresistive, electrode), biocompatible and eco-friendly materials.

Manufacturing: printing (e.g. screen, 3D), coating, dyeing and finishing, weaving, knitting.

E-textiles for wearable healthcare: stroke rehabilitation, pain relief, assisted living, DVT prevention, lymphedema management, smart wound dressing, movement and activity monitoring

PhD supervision

Thomas Greig, E-textile Based Electrical Stimulation for Wound Healing.

Meijing Liu, Advanced E-textiles for wearable healthcare applications.

Sakariya Sa-E, Model-based Control of FES Embedding Simultaneous Volitional EMG Measurement, (PhD awarded).

Research projects

Advanced E-textiles for Wearable Therapeutics, EPSRC Fellowship.

SMARTmove: Low-cost personalised instrumented clothing with integrated FES electrodes for upper limb rehabilitation”, funded by Medical Research Council.

Affiliate research groups

Textile Design, Electronics and Computer Science , Institute of Life Sciences

Co-chair of the E-textiles Network

EPSRC Peer Review Associate College member

Sensors special issue editor on “Smart Textiles and Wearable Sensors”

IEEE International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference (IFETC) Technical Committee

CIMTEC International Advisory Board Committee of Symposium on “Smart and Interactive Textiles”

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Book Chapters



Introduction to E-textiles

E-textiles for Wearable Healthcare

Dr Kai Yang
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire. SO23 8DL United Kingdom

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