Title page for ETD etd-12232003-113641

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Nakad, Zahi Samir
Author's Email Address znakad@vt.edu
URN etd-12232003-113641
Title Architectures for e-Textiles
Degree PhD
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, Mark T. Committee Co-Chair
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Co-Chair
Al-Qadi, Imadeddin L. Committee Member
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Member
Baumann, William T. Committee Member
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Member
  • computational fabrics
  • e-textiles
  • acoustic array
  • beamforming
  • embedded systems
Date of Defense 2003-12-10
Availability unrestricted
The huge advancement in the textiles industry and the accurate control on the mechanization process coupled with cost-effective manufacturing offer an innovative environment for new electronic systems, namely electronic textiles.

The abundance of fabrics in our regular life offers immense possibilities for electronic integration both in wearable and large-scale applications.

Augmenting this technology with a set of precepts and a simulation environment creates a new software/hardware architecture with widely useful implementations in wearable and large-area computational systems. The software environment acts as a functional modeling and testing platform, providing estimates of design metrics such as power consumption.

The construction of an electronic textile (e-textile) hardware prototype, a large-scale acoustic beamformer, provides a basis for the simulator and offers experience in building these systems.

The contributions of this research focus on defining the electronic textile architecture, creating a simulation environment, defining a networking scheme, and implementing hardware prototypes.

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