Tilak Dias is the Professor of Knitting at Nottingham Trent University. He is the founder and the leader of the Advanced Textiles Research Group in the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. Professor Dias has a background in electronics, textiles and electronic textiles. The main focus of his current work is in the area of electronic textiles where the objective is to embed integrated circuit chips within the fibres of yarns. Professor Dias is working with the military in the development of prosthetic limb interfaces and with the space industry in the development of weft knitted metal meshes for satellite communication. Other projects have been electronic textiles for the automotive industry, electrically heated gloves, textile sensors for stroke rehabilitation and textile electrodes for ECG measurement.

My team is pioneering the technology to embed semiconductors and sensors in yarns; revolutionising the use of smart textiles in medical technologies

Professor Tilak Dias

Current Research Areas & Activities

Wearable technologies

Advanced textile structures

Integration of textile technology with electronics

Specialises in

Wearable cooling systems

Knitted sensors

Eczema garments

Electrically heatable knitted structures

Knitted structures for prostheses

Burns garments

Varicose ulcer and lymphoedema treatment systems

Embedding of micro-chips within the fibres of a yarn

Selected Publications

DIAS, T., 2012. Electro-Luminant fabric structures, US2010003496 (patent pending), EP2049716 (patent pending), CN2010003496 ( patent pending)

DIAS, T., AND MONARAGALA, R., Development and analysis of novel electroluminescent yarns and fabrics for localized automotive interior illumination, Textile Research Journal, vol. 82, 2012, pp. 1164 – 1176 (DOI: 10.1177/0040517511420763) ISSN 1746-7748

DIAS, T., 2012. Pressure garment 2, EP1756343 (patent granted on 11.04.2012)

PREECE, S., KENNEY, L , MAJOR, J, DIAS, T., LAY, E., FERNANDES, B., 2011. Automatic Identification Of Gait Events Using An Instrumented Sock, Journal Of Neuroengineering And Rehabilitation, vol.8, pp.1-10 (doi:10.1186/1743-0003-8-32) ISSN 1743-0003

DIAS, T., 2011. Linear Electronic Transducer, EP2245223 (patent granted on 16.11.2011)