Prof Edwin Keh (right) and Prof Paulo Freitas signed the MoU on behalf of HKRITA and INL.
Prof Edwin Keh (right) and Prof Paulo Freitas signed the MoU on behalf of HKRITA and INL.

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

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.

Prof Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA and Prof Paulo Freitas, Deputy Director-General of INL signed the MoU on behalf of the two organisations.

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.

Prof 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.”

Prof Freitas said that, “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.”

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.