Two departments of UGent are involved in the project:

Department of Textiles has started a study of intelligent textiles and their effects on humans about 10 years ago and since then it has participated in and led different national and international projects. Several projects address applications for health. Conductivity based phenomena are a key issue in research. Since 2 years the department has started working in the area of thermal effects, in cooperation with one of the mathematical departments.
The Department of Textiles has proven experience in training, supervising and scientific achievement at advanced level.
The Department has experience with Marie Curie Fellowships and Fellows, as well as with Socrates, Erasmus, Tempus, NATO, the World Bank, and bilateral projects. On average 25 projects are running at the Department, of which two-thirds are national projects and one third are international (mostly at the European level, with some at the global level) with an average duration of three years. The Department of Textiles is well structured with strong administrative and management support. It has ISO 17025 accredited laboratories with skilled technicians, and offers a strong critical mass as well as advanced research on textiles.

The research group NaM2iE (Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modeling in Engineering) consists of 2 professors, 4 post-doctoral researchers and 8 pre-doctoral researchers. The group mainly deals with the mathematical modeling and numerical solution of direct and inverse (viz. parameter- and model identification) problems of (a) convection-diffusion-reaction problems (arising from porous media flow, material sciences, chemical kinetics,…) and (b) low frequency electromagnetism and  micro-magnetism.  In particular, in the domain of heat- and mass transfer the research group has gained a lot of experience in the frame of projects with engineers from inside and outside the UGent. Likewise, NaM2iE substantially contributed to several large scale multi-disciplinary projects in the field of low frequency electromagnetism and micromagnetism. Although this concerns  a different branch of physics and engineering, the expertise gained there, is also useful for the various flow and transport problems envisaged in the present project. Indeed, they are also described mathematically in terms of a coupled system of (non)  linear transient partial differential equations and/or by minimization problems, for which robust and reliable numerical algorithms are developed. This is precisely the unifying character of a mathematical approach when dealing with different physical and engineering problems.