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Ms Emilie Giles

Professional biography

My research focus is how electronic textiles (eTextiles) an be used as haptic interfaces, and so focusing on the tactile potential of this medium as opposed to the visual. I will be exploring the use of eTextiles specifically by blind and visually impaired people, with areas of interest being:

• eTextile sensory tools used for creative experiences such as storytelling
• Wearables which allow for biofeedback of a user
• The emotional linkage that can be found between touch and eTextiles

As well as building prototypes I will be conducting user studies in which participants will create their own eTextile objects which will feed into the design process.

My supervisors are Janet van der Linden and Marian Petre.

Research interests

  • Human Computing Interaction
  • Smart and electronic textiles
  • Participatory user design
  • Physical Computing
  • Arts and wellbeing
  • Arts and technology


Engaging with the Smart City Through Urban Data Games (2017-01-01)
Wolff, Annika; Valdez Juarez, Alan; Barker, Matthew; Potter, Stephen; Gooch, Daniel; Giles, Emilie and Miles, John
In: Nijholt, Anton ed. Playable Cities: The City as a Digital Playground. Gaming Media and Social Effects (1) ((In press))
Publisher : Springer
Imagining future technologies: eTextile weaving workshops with blind and visually impaired people (2015-06)
Giles, Emilie and van der Linden, Janet
In : 2015 ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference (22-25 June 2015, Glasgow) (pp. 3-12)
Using eTextile objects for touch based interaction for visual impairment (2014-09)
Giles, Emilie and van der Linden, Janet
In : ASGA2014 Atelier of Smart Garments and Accessories (14 September 2014, Seattle)

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