INL increases collaboration with Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

July 5, 2019


The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited (HKRITA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster research development and knowledge exchange.

The signing ceremony was held before HKRITA’s seminar on “Smart Manufacturing: A Revolutionary Transformation of the Fashion Industry”, which took place in Hong Kong. Paulo Freitas, Deputy Director-General of INL, and Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA, signed the MoU on behalf of the two organizations.

The new agreement aims to strengthen collaboration between INL and HKRITA 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.

According to Paulo Freitas, “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 utilization”.

Edwin Keh noted that “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”.