Kris Van Peteghem
Started his professional career in 1987 at the Belgian Knitwear Federation as economic advisor. In 1996, he continued to work as economic advisor at Febeltex, the Association of the Belgian Textile Industries. Since 2007, he has been economic advisor at Fedustria, the Belgian Federation of the Textile, Wood and Furniture Industries. The main aim of Fedustria is to sustain and strenghten these industrial activities in Belgium. Fedustria performs three essential tasks : protect interests of member companies, provide them with services and dissiminate information to them. Within the economic services of Fedustria, Kris Van Peteghem is dealing with the specific sectors of the textile clothing industries and the spinning industries and the more generic domains such as regional subsidies, public procurement, sustainable and circular economy, roadmapping, facilitating cooperation throughout the textile chain. For many projects, he takes care of the link with other industrial sectors within the textile chain, with Centexbel (Belgian expertise centre of the textile industry), the textile departments of the University College of Ghent and is member of MoTIV, the Fashion Innovation Platform of Flanders.
Prof. Bijoya Kumar Behera
Dr B. K. Behera is working as professor in the Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His area of specialization includes Fabric manufacturing, 3D weaving and Braiding, Apparel Engineering and Quality control, Project Management, Textile Structural Composites and Concretes and Mechanics of Textile Structure. His Current research interest includesDesign and manufacturing of Textile structural composites and concretes, Green composites, 3D weaving,Home Textiles, Protective Clothing, Automotive Textiles and Project Management. Prof. Behera has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and delivered more than 350 talks in various international conferences and symposia including 50 plenary and invited speech in international conference. He has authored, co-authored and chapter contributions in 15 books relating to Textile structural Mechanics, Soft computing in Textiles and Weaving Technology. Prof. Behera has supervised more than 70 PhD and Master thesis. He has seven patents to his credit. Prof. Behera has successfully completed 25 sponsored research projects and more than 75 industrial consultancy projects as principal investigator. At present, he is chief of a Focus Incubation Center in 3D weaving and Structural composites supported by Ministry of Textiles. He has also worked as visiting professor in Shinshu university Japan, Technical university of Liberec, Czech Republic and University of Sao paulo, Brazil. He has been an invited speaker in many foreign universities and institutions which includes Technical university Liberec, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan, VUTS research center Czech Republic, Promatech Machinery Research center Italy, Composite research institute Budapest, Sao Paulo university Brazil. Prof. Behera is member of governing council of several reputed Textile institutions and member of Board of studies in five Technical universities. He is also member of Board of Directors of three reputed textile companies in India.
Prof.,Dr. Eng. Toshihiro Hirai
He has been known as an expert in “electro active artificial muscle from textile polymers”. He received the Fiber Society Award of Japan on the study of “autonomic function of polymer materials” in 2000. His research field is expanded to emulsion polymerization, membrane phenomena, polymer gels, and artificial muscle. He has been strongly attracted on the transient phenomena including biological systems.
Prior to joining Shinshu University in 1979, he was a research instructor of Biochemistry in Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, USA from 1976 to 1978, and engaged in the research on DNA conformation change mechanism and the development of diagnostic method of a genetic disease. He is a member of academic societies, such as American Chemical Society, American Society of Engineering Education, SPIE, Chemical Society of Japan, Polymer Society of Japan, the Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, Biorheology Society, Japan Society of Applied Physics, etc.
He was the project leader of Global COE (COE refers to Center of Excellence) Project of Shinshu University, and he was also the director of Fiber Nanotech Innovation Center, and is Research Director of Nagano Regional Industrial Innovation Cluster. He has been a member of committees relating to fiber (textile) industry activating program of METI of Japan. He chaired the investigation team of Intelligent Textile Industry in Japan under the collaboration of METI. He has been also a manager of Japan Accreditation Board on Engineering Education (JABEE) in chemistry and chemical engineering division. Two years ago, he founded a Research Group of Nanotech Hyper Functional Textile in Shinshu University under the support of major fiber companies of Japan.
He guided several research projects relating fiber materials and textile technologies, and the projects on regional industrial clusters. Through these experiences, He could have some prospects that we have to consider for the fiber technologies for the innovative industries in the future. The scope can be called as smart textiles with full of ambient technologies. The technologies can provide the society through the sustainable and energy-saving ultimate textile industries.
Hicham Bouzekri is a Senior Expert with 22+ years of international experience in High-Tech, Innovation & Renewable Energy industries with a passion for bridging the research-industry gap, an engineer in electronics and communication graduated from the Mohammadia School of Engineering in Rabat, and has a Master's degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University in 2002, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. After a professional experience that led him to take management positions at SGS-Thomson, STMicroelectronics and ST-Ericsson, he joined the management team of the MAScIR Foundation, which he led between 2014 and 2016. His involvement in the R&D sector has been consistent throughout his career in international professional organizations such as USB-IF or MIPI as well as locally as an associate professor at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. His desire to create links between academia and industry has finally been institutionalized through the creation of the Morocco Microelectronics Cluster (MMC) which has evolved to become the Electronic, Microelectronic and Mechatronic Cluster of Morocco (CE3M), a consortium that he currently chairs. These various associations were able to benefit from the support of the Ministry of Industry of Morocco.
Emmanuel COX is an experienced Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation and railroad industry. Skilled in internal audit, strategy, project management, IT Strategy, digital transformation and change management. Strong program and project management professional with a Master's Degree focused in Marketing from NEOMA Business School. He is also an acknowledged speaker in professional conferences dealing with project management (Project Management Institute) and more recently with Industrial IoT and predictive maintenance.
Eric Perlinger has been President of FilSpec™ since November 2015. He brought along more than 20 years of diverse manufacturing experience and a commitment to excellence. A master communicator with the ability to speak four different languages: French, English, Spanish and German which allows him to interact easily with customers from all over the world. Eric is inspiring the team at FilSpec to perform at their best to achieve profitability and success. He is familiar with the business reality of different clients. In addition, having a background in law, he makes every effort to establish a lasting relationship based on the honesty and success of all. Today, FilSpec is a world-leading spinner of technical, high performance yarns. Since 1954, the company has been an integrated manufacturer from spinning to finishing cotton and polyester fabric for bedding and for shirt and dress fabrics.
Chris Jorgensen is Director Technology Transfer with IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a worldwide trade association for the electronics interconnect industry. As a member of IPC’s technical department, Chris’s primary responsibility is staff liaison to standards development committees. These committees are responsible for standards such as those for e-textiles and printed electronics. Chris is secretary of the United States Technical Advisory Group -TAG- of the International Electrical Commission’s Technical Committee 91 Electronics Assembly Technology and is a participating member of its technical working groups. He is also a member of the US TAG for IEC TC 119 Printed Electronics and is a participating member of its working groups. Chris also represents IPC as a member of NextFlex–America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute for which he is a colead of its Standards, Reliability and Test Technical Working Group. Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in standards development, nonprofit management and marketing. He received his degree in communications from Columbia College in Chicago.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chokri Cherif
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chokri Cherif (born May 24th, 1966) studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen. He was employed during his undergraduate mechanical engineering coursework as a student assistant at the Institute of General Mechanics at the RWTH Aachen and upon completion of his degree he remained on staff, first as a research assistant and later as a doctoral assistant in Textile Technology. Prof. Cherif was awarded the VENIA LEGENDI in the field of “Textile Manufacturing Technology" and held the position of assistant professor at the RWTH Aachen from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, he accepted the position of professor at the TU Dresden, where he is Head of the Chair of Textile Technology. In addition, Prof. Cherif is the Director of the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM) at the TU Dresden. He was Laureate of the Deutscher Zukunftspre is 2016, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology. In 2017, the Tunisian President awarded Prof. Cherif the Carrier of the Cross of Merit for his excellent achievements abroad. He focuses his research activities on the design and construction of textile machinery, development of load-adapted textile 2D and 3D structures for composites, modeling and simulation of processes and structures, development of new in- situ measuring technology and adaptive constructions and the development of new high-performance fibres. Currently, Prof. Cherif is involved in numerous cooperative projects and holds various consultant positions. He is also actively involved as a member in various organizations and work groups.