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HKRITA signs MoU with INL to foster research

Jul '19
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Ltd (HKRITA) and International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster research development and knowledge exchange. Prof Edwin Keh, CEO of HKRITA and Prof Paulo Freitas, deputy director-general of INL signed the MoU on behalf of the organisations.

The signing ceremony was held immediately prior to HKRITA’s seminar on ‘Smart Manufacturing: A Revolutionary Transformation of the Fashion Industry’, which took place at The Mills. The MoU aims to strengthen collaboration between HKRITA and INL in the development of sensor and wearable technology. These research areas have inspired projects that are developing more precise ways to measure physiological and biomechanical phenomena, leading to the design of new devices and testing methods for the continuous enhancement of wearable solutions. The solutions will play increasingly important roles in improving life in a range of social and occupational settings, said HKRITA in a press release.

“Sensor and wearable technologies will make a great impact on our social development, allowing us to explore more possibilities. Our collaboration will generate useful and productive innovations for industry and society,” said Prof Keh.

“Sensor and IOT technologies are already leading to wearable devices that allow monitoring of a variety of biosignals and body related data. INL will work with HKRITA to further exploit new wearable concepts, fabrication, and integration routes aiming at increasing wearable solutions and their widespread utilisation,” said Prof Freitas.

Established in 2006, HKRITA is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. HKRITA engages in applied research to support the textile and apparel industry in order to boost its overall competitiveness, and to drive sustainable improvements and bring benefits to society. By providing one-stop services for applied research, technology transfer and commercialisation, HKRITA makes sustained efforts to promote successful projects for industry application.

The INL was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research and to deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. The INL provides a cutting-edge research environment in which today’s major societal challenges can be addressed: ageing populations and well-being, mobility and urban living, and social safety and security. (PC)

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