NOTE TO EDITORS
E-TEXTILES BELIEVED TO HAVE VARIETY OF USES
Significant commercial and research efforts are currently
underway to develop a wide array of electronic textiles
(e-textiles) for application in health care, military and
first-responder uniforms, and entertainment.
Mark T. Jones, Associate Professor, Bradley Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University, will speak on "The Design of Electronic
Textile Applications" at a colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July
Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held
at 1:15 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley
Blvd., NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the media who wish
to attend should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or
344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for credentials.
Jones will review the state-of-the-art in e-textiles and examine
today's commercial uses. He will especially focus on the design
framework for e-textiles under development in the E-Textiles
Laboratory at Virginia Tech. Jones will elaborate on two
application prototypes: a wearable system for human gait analysis
and an autonomous garment for determining the wearer's location in
Jones earned a bachelor's degree from Clemson University in 1986
and a doctorate in Computer Science from Duke University in 1990.
During his graduate work, Jones spent time at NASA Langley Research
Center in the area of parallel computation.
After graduation, he joined the Mathematics and Computer Science
Division at Argonne National Laboratory working in large-scale
scientific computing. In 1993, Jones joined the Computer Science
faculty at the University of Tennessee, where his interest in
embedded computing began. He moved to Virginia Tech in 1997 and, in
2000, formed the E-Textiles Lab at Tech with Dr. Thomas Martin.