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Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman is Kolon Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Founding Director of the Kolon Center for Lifestyle Innovation at Georgia Tech. A pioneer in bringing about convergence between textiles and computing, Professor Jayaraman’s research has led to the paradigm of “Fabric is the Computer.” He is a leader in studying and defining the roles of engineering design, manufacturing and materials technologies in public policy for the nation.
Professor Jayaraman and his research students have made significant contributions in the following areas: (i) Smart Textile-based Wearable Systems; (ii) Computer-aided Manufacturing, Automation and Enterprise Architecture Modeling; (iii) Engineering Design and Analysis of Intelligent Textile Structures and Processes; and (iv) Design and Development of Knowledge‑Based Systems (KBS) for textiles and apparel. His group's research has led to the realization of the world's first Wearable Motherboard™, also known as the “Smart Shirt” (www.smartshirt.gatech.edu). This invention was featured in a Special Issue of LIFE Magazine entitled Medical Miracles for the New Millennium (Fall 1998) as One of the 21 Breakthroughs that Could Change Your Life in the 21st Century. The first Smart Shirt is now part of the Archives of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Professor Jayaraman had the privilege of working with Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, the Co-Creators of the world’s first spreadsheet – VisiCalc®. VisiCalc was the first “killer app” that transformed the computing industry by bringing computing to the masses through the proliferation of personal computers. During his PhD, he was involved in the design and development of TK!Solver, the world’s first equation-solving program from Software Arts, Inc., Cambridge, MA. He worked there as a Product Manager and then at Lotus Development Corporation (makers of 1-2-3®) in Cambridge, MA.
Professor Jayaraman is a recipient of the 1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF for his research in the area of computer‑aided manufacturing and enterprise architecture. In September 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the Textile Institute, (UK). His publications include a textbook on computer-aided problem solving published by McGraw-Hill in 1991 and nine U.S. patents. As Principal Investigator, he has received nearly $16Million in research funding from a variety of sources including NSF, DARPA, DoD, NIST, CDC, and industry. Dr. Jayaraman served as Technical Editor, Information Technology, for ATI Magazine (now Textile World) from 1995-2003. From May 2000 to October 2004, he was an Editor of the Journal of the Textile Institute and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board.
Professor Jayaraman is a founding member of the IOM Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace (2005-2013). From December 2008 to February 2011, he served on the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design of the National Academies. In February 2011, he became a founding member of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies. He has also served on six Study Committees for the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and the National Research Council of the National Academies. He is also a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Biomedical Wearable Systems (2004 –2008). In October 2000, Professor Jayaraman received the Georgia Technology Research Leader Award from the State of Georgia.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “The Wearables Revolution and Big Data: The Textile Lineage”, Journal of the Textile Institute, Volume 180, No. 4, 2017, pp. 605–614.
Park, S., Chung, K., and Jayaraman, S., “Wearables: Fundamentals, Advancements and Roadmap for the Future”, in Sazonov, E., and Neuman, M., (Eds). Wearable Sensors, Elsevier, Amsterdam, September 2014, pp. 1-23.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “The Engineering Design of Intelligent Protective Textiles and Clothing”,in Kiekens, P., and Jayaraman, S., (Eds). Intelligent Textiles and Clothing for Ballistic and NBC Protection: Technology at the Cutting Edge, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, Springer, The Netherlands, January 2012, pp. 1-27.
Sundaramoorthy, S., Nallampalayam, P., and Jayaraman, S., “Air Permeability of Multilayer Woven Fabric Systems”, Journal of the Textile Institute, Vol. 102, No. 3, pp. 189-202, March 2011.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Smart Textile-based Wearable Biomedical Systems: A Transition Plan for Research to Reality,” IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 86-92, 2010.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Wearable Sensor Networks: A Framework for Harnessing Ambient Intelligence”, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Vol. 1, No. 2, 117-128, 2009.
Jayaraman, S., Kiekens, P., and Grancaric, A., Intelligent Textiles for Personal Protection and Safety, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “The Wearable Motherboard: the New Class of Adaptive and Responsive Textile Structures,” in Intelligent Textiles for Personal Protection and Safety (ed. S. Jayaraman, P. Kiekens and A. Grancaric), pp. 21-39, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Sensors and Wearable Technologies for Pervasive Healthcare”, in Pervasive Computing in Healthcare (eds. Bardram, J.E., Mihailidis, A., and Wan, D.), CRC Press, November 2006.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Intelligent Textiles for Personal Protection and Safety: The Emerging Discipline,” in Intelligent Textiles for Personal Protection and Safety (ed. S. Jayaraman, P. Kiekens and A. Grancaric), pp. 5-19, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “e-Health and Quality of Life: The Role of the Wearable Motherboard,” in Wearable eHealth Systems for Personalised Health Management (ed. A. Lymberis and D. DeRossi), pp. 239-252, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2004.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Smart Textiles: Wearable Electronics Systems,” MRS Bulletin, Vol. 28, No. 8, August 2003, pp. 585-591.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., Enhancing the Quality of Life through Technology: The Role of Personalized Wearable Intelligent Information Infrastructure,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 23, No. 2, May/June 2003, pp. 41-48.
Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., “Adaptive and Responsive Textile Structures,” in Smart Fibers, Fabrics and Clothing: Fundamentals and Applications (ed. X. Tao), pp. 226-245, Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, 2001.
Gopalsamy, C., Park, S., Rajamanickam, R., and Jayaraman, S., “The Wearable MotherboardÔ: The First Generation of Adaptive and Responsive Textile Structures (ARTS) For Medical Applications”, Virtual Reality, 4:152-168, 1999.
Srinivasan, K., and Jayaraman, S., "The Changing Role of Information Technology in Manufacturing", IEEE Computer, vol. 32, No. 3, 40-49, 1999.
Rajamanickam, R., Park, S., and Jayaraman, S., "A Structured Methodology for the Design and Development of Textile Structures in a Concurrent Engineering Environment", Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 89, Part 3, 44-62, 1998.
Jayaraman, S., "Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing: A Textile-Apparel Perspective", in Advancements and Applications of Mechatronics Design in Textile Engineering, (Acar, M., Ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 239-269, 1995.
Narayanan, S., and Jayaraman, S., "A Knowledge-Based Decision Support System for Apparel Enterprise Evaluation", Manufacturing Decision Support Systems, (eds: Parsaei, H.R., Kolli, S.S., and Hanley, T.), pp. 67-110, Chapman and Hall, London, UK, 1994.
Narasimhan, B., Navathe, S., and Jayaraman, S., "On Mapping ER and Relational Models Into OO Schemas", Lecture Notes in Computer Science #823 Entity-Relationship Approach - ER'93, (eds: Elmasri, R.A., Kouramajian, V., and Thalheim, B.,), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 402-413, 1994.
Narayanan, S., Olson, L.H., and Jayaraman, S., "AEEF: A Knowledge-Based Framework for Apparel Enterprise Evaluation", Expert Systems With Applications Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 337-356, 1994.
Srinivasan, K., Dastoor, P.H., Parachuru, R., and Jayaraman, S., "FDAS: A Knowledge-based Framework for the Analysis of Defects in Woven Textile Structures", Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 431-448, 1992.
Malhotra, R., and Jayaraman, S., "An Integrated Framework for Enterprise Modeling", Journal of Manufacturing Systems, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 426-441, 1992.
Srinivasan, K., Dastoor, P.H., and Jayaraman, S., "FDAS: Architecture and Implementation", Expert Systems: The International Journal of Knowledge Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 115-124, 1992.
Jayaraman, S., "Design and Development of an Architecture for Computer‑Integrated Manufacturing in the Apparel Industry, Part I: Basic Concepts and Methodology Selection", Textile Research Journal, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 247-254, 1990.
Malhotra, R., and Jayaraman, S., "Design and Development of an Architecture for Computer‑Integrated Manufacturing in the Apparel Industry, Part II: The Function Model", Textile Research Journal, vol. 60, no. 6, pp. 351-359, 1990.
Ph.D., 1984, Textile Engineering with Minor in Computer Science, North Carolina State University
M.Tech., 1978, Textile Engineering, University of Madras, India
B.Tech., 1976, Textile Engineering, University of Madras, India
Recipient of the 1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., March 1989.
Georgia Outstanding Manufacturing Researcher of the Year Award, April, 1997. Recipient of the Award during “Manufacturing Appreciation Week” from Georgians for Manufacturing in recognition of outstanding research in Manufacturing.
Recipient of the “Georgia Technology Research Leader Award,” Georgia Technology Leadership Awards, State of Georgia, October 2000. “This award honors an individual whose contribution to basic research extends the boundaries of a technology-related field. The contribution must be recognizable as a definite advance of knowledge or a significant technological development.”
The Smart Shirt was named as one of the Best Inventions of the Year 2001 by TIME Magazine, November 19, 2001.
The Smart Shirt was named as one of the 10 Inventions That Will Change the World by NEWSWEEK Magazine, June/July 2003.
The Smart Shirt was on display in a public Exhibit entitled “Inventing Ourselves” at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, February 2004 – 2006.
The Smart Shirt was on display (by invitation) at the Exhibition entitled SAFE: Design Takes on Risk at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, October 16, 2005 – January 2, 2006.
First Prize Winner (out of 4,200 entries) in the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge conducted by The History Channel, The National Inventors Hall of Fame and TIME Magazine, May 2006. Subsequently featured in a segment on The History Channel as part of the National Inventors Week.
Engineering Design and Analysis of Intelligent Textile Structures and Processes
Technology and Healthcare including Wearable Biomedical Systems, Health Information Technology and Public Policy
Manufacturing Automation and Public Policy in Manufacturing & Engineering Design
Technology, Arts and Innovation: The Convergence
Enterprise Architecture and Modeling Methodologies for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Development of Knowledge-Based Systems and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing in Textiles and Apparel
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