Cluster of Research Excellence in Comfort-Enhancing Technologies

Funded through UBC Eminence Program


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.

Cluster Lead

Dr. Kevin Golovin
Assistant Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

 

Cluster Research Team

Dr. Abbas Milani
Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Lyndia Wu
Assistant Professor
Mechanical, UBC Vancouver

Dr. Philip Ainslie
Professor
Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Patricia Dolez
Assistant Professor
Human Ecology, University of Alberta

Dr. Sepideh Pakpour
Assistant Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Liisa Holsti
Associate Professor
Occupational Science
, UBC Vancouver

Dr. Sunny Li
Associate Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Apurva Narayan
Assistant Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Sabine Weyand
Instructor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan