The OPERA Lab was awarded a UBC Eminence Fund for our Cluster of Research Excellence in Comfort-Enabling Technologies! This award is bringing together a handful of faculty and several industrial and municipal partners, with the following mission:
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.
More information can be found here!