Comfort-Enhancing Technologies

Understanding, evaluating and enhancing comfort to improve human health and performance.

This diverse team of researchers is working collaboratively with industrial partners to enhance human comfort in extreme and high-risk environments. The cluster combines multidisciplinary expertise in textile, biomedical, electrical, and materials engineering, as well as big data and machine learning to understand and maximize personal comfort.

The team will define and quantify comfort using thermal, physiological, psychological, fluid-mechanical, and environmental assessment tools and technologies. Applications include developing heat-resistent base layers for female firefighters, next-generation, breathable helmets, and evaluating comfort-enhancing technologies for preterm infants.