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Pasindu Lugoda

Lecturer

Department of Engineering

Role

Pasindu is a lecturer in medical device design in the engineering department at Nottingham Trent University. His research plan in this role is to fabricate smart textiles and flexible electronics for medical applications. He is also part of the Medical Engineering Design Research Group at Nottingham Trent University. Dr. Lugoda is currently leading the Foundation Science module and the 3rd year Group Engineering Design and Optimisation module.

Career overview

Dr. Lugoda has worked as a research fellow at the Advanced Textiles Research group (ATRG) under Prof. Tilak Dias at Nottingham Trent University. His role there was to develop an industrial technique of mass-manufacturing smart textiles. He worked on fully automating the production of electronic yarns (textile yarns embedded with miniature surface mount electronic chips).

He is also currently an associate Research Fellow at the Sensor Technology Research Center (STRC) at University of Sussex. Before joining ATRG he was a Research Fellow at STRC for 2 years. His work at STRC looked at developing shape sensing textile for digitalizing human body geometries. Here he developed and characterize flexible sensors and electronics that can be incorporated into textile structures. During this work he investigated different industrial techniques of integrating flexible electronics within textile yarns. He also worked on creating stretchable sensor networks which utilized microfluidic channels as interconnects.  Some of his research focused on creating  ecofriendly, biodegradable, and biocompatible sensors for wearable applications. In addition he developed sensor characterization circuits for measuring a grid of sensors. In this role he worked with industrial partners from the UK and Kenya.

Pasindu also worked in the Advanced Materials & Mechanics lab at Microsoft (Redmond, USA) as a research intern. He did two back-to-back research internships under Dr. Jim Holbery for six months during his PhD.

He did his PhD under Prof. Tilak Dias in the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University. During his PhD he engineered and tested electronic yarns with embedded temperature sensors. He developed the necessary hardware and software for the sensors and created prototype garments utilizing these electronic yarns. During the PhD he also developed socks for early detection of diabetic ulcers. This gathered a lot of media attention and it was shown on several media outlets including the BBC. He also fabricated socks to detect non-freezing cold injury. This project was funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory of the United Kingdom.

Before starting his PhD he worked as a design engineer for Nike at MAS holdings. MAS holdings is one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world. At MAS holdings he was in charge of developing Nike concepts into production viable garments. During his stay at MAS he worked with Santoni circular knitting machines. This job gave him a key insight into textile development, product development and manufacture.

Pasindu bachelor’s degree was in Electronic and Communication Engineering at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Research areas

Pasindu's research is in Smart Textiles,  Electronic Textiles, Flexible Electronics, Wearables and Medical Devices

External activity

  • Associate Research Fellow at the Sensor Technology Research Center (STRC) at University of Sussex.
  • Visiting lecturer at the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology in  University of Moratuwa.
  • Topic Editor for MDPI Micromachines.
  • Review Editor for Frontiers Flexible Electronics.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Sensors, MDPI Material and MDPI Sensors.

Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Pouryazdan, A.; Costa, J. C.; Garcia-Garcia, L.A.; Lugoda, P.; Prance, R. J.; Prance, H. and
    Münzenrieder, ‘Design and Characterisation of a Non-contact Flexible Sensor Array for
    Electric Potential Imaging Applications’ IEEE Sensors Journal, doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2021.306427
  2. Lugoda, P.; Costa, J.C.; Garcia-Garcia, L.A.; Pouryazdan, A.; Jocys, Z.; Spina, F.; Salvag e, J.;
    Roggen, D.; Münzenrieder, N., ‘CocoStretch: Strain sensors based on natural coconut oil and
    carbon black filled elastomers’ Advanced Materials Technologies, 2000780, (2020) (Journal
    Back Cover).
  3. Lugoda, P.; Costa, J.C.; Oliveira, C.; Garcia-Garcia, L.A.; Wickramasinghe, S.D.; Pouryazdan, A.;
    Roggen, D.; Dias, T.; Münzenrieder, N., ‘Flexible Temperature Sensor Integration into E-Textiles
    Using Different Industrial Yarn Fabrication Processes’, Sensors, Vol 20, Issue 1 (2019).
  4. Costa, J.; Spina, F.; Lugoda, P.; Garcia-Garcia, L.; Roggen, D.; Münzenrieder, N., ‘Flexible
    Sensors—From Materials to Applications’, Technologies, Vol 7, Issue 2 (2019) (first 4 authors
    contributed equally).
  5. Lugoda, P.; Hughes-Riley, T.; Morris, R., Dias, T., 'A Wearable Textile Thermograph', Sensors,
    Vol 18, Issue 7 (2018).
  6. Lugoda, P.; Hughes-Riley, T.; Morris, R., Dias, T., 'Developing Novel Temperature Sensing
    Garments for Health Monitoring Applications', Fibers, Vol 6, Issue 3 (2018).
  7. Hughes-Riley, T.; Lugoda, P.; Dias, T.; Trabi, C.; and Morris, R., ‘A study of thermistor
    Performance within a Textile Structure’, Sensors, Vol 17, Issue 8 (2017).
  8. Lugoda, P.; Dias, T. and Morris, R., ‘Electronic Temperature Sensing Yarn’, Journal of
    multidisciplinary Engineering Science Studies (JMESS), Vol 1, Issue 1 (2015).

Patents

  1. Inventor: Porter, S.; Munzenrieder, N.; Roggen, D.; Lugoda, P.; Garcia-Garcia, L.; Costa, J. Product for generating a three-dimensional shape and its use in the fabrication of custom orthosis. Patent Number: WO2021048538A1. Patent Office: WIPO (PCT)
  2. Inventors:  Holbery, J.D.; Lugoda, D.P.V.; Bogan, K. M.; Ma, S.; Sullivan, B. Electronically functional yarn. Patent Number: WO2019209498A1. Patent Office: WIPO (PCT)
  3. Inventors: Bogan, K. M.; Holbery, J.D.; Ma, S.; Sullivan, B.; Lugoda, D.P.V. Electronic functionality in textiles. Patent Number:15890116, Patent Office: US.
  4. Inventors: Holbery, J.D.; Ma, S.; Lugoda, D.P.V.; Coomes, T. J.; Ishihara, J.A., Electronically functional yarn and textile, Patent number: 10772197, Patent office: US.

Book Chapters

  1. Dias, T.; Lugoda, P.; Cork, C.R., 'Microchip technology used in textile materials', High Performance Apparel 1st Edition, Ed. John McLoughlin and Tasneem Sabir, Woodhead Publishing, 2017. 451- 471. Print.

Conference  Proceedings

  1. García-García, L. A.; Kreitmair, P. A.;  Johnson, A. J.; Costa, J.; Pouryazdan, A.; Lugoda, P.; Roggen, D. and Münzenrieder, N.,  "Soft Gel-free ECG electrodes based on Biocompatible Coconut-Oil and Carbon Black, "Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS), (July 2021).
  2. García-García, L. A.; Costa, J.; Lugoda, P.; Roggen, D. and Münzenrieder, N., "Copper wire based electrical contacts for direct interfacing of stretchable sensors," Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors, (October 2020).
  3. Lugoda, P.; Costa, J.C.; Garcia-Garcia, L.A; Pouryazdan, A.; Roggen, D.; Münzenrieder, N., Conference Presentation on “Evaluation of a Pseudo Zero-Potential FlexibleReadout Circuit for Resistive Sensor Matrixes”. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS), (August 2020).
  4. Pouryazdan, A.; Costa, J. C.; Lugoda, P.; Prance, R. J.; Prance, H. and Münzenrieder, N., Conference Presentation on "Flexible Micro-Scale Sensor Array for Non-Contact Electric Potential Imaging," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS), (August 2020).
  5. Lugoda, P.; Garcia-Garcia, L. A.; Richoz, S.; Munzenrieder, N.; Roggen, D. Poster on “ShapeSense3D: textile-sensing and reconstruction of body geometries”. Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp- 133-136 (September 2019).
  6. Lugoda, P.; Dias, T.; Hughes-Riley, T.; Morris, R., ‘Refinement of Temperature Sensing Yarns’, MDPI Proceedings, Vol 2, Issue3 (2018).

Invited Conference Presentations

  1. Lugoda, P.; Münzenrieder, N. and Roggen, D. Conference presentation on “Electronic textiles” at the 20th Anniversary Conference on Carbon and Related Nanomaterials, University of Sussex (August 2018) (Invited).
  2. Lugoda, P.; Ma, S.; Sullivan, B.; Aksu, C.; Holbery, J., Conference Presentation on “Fabrication of an Individually Addressable Illuminating Textile” presented at Smart Nanomaterials: advances, innovation and applications, Paris (December 2018), (invited)

Selected Conference Presentations and Posters

  1. Lugoda, P.; Dias, T. and Morris, R., Conference presentation on ‘Temperature Sensing Yarn For Remote Temperature Measurement’ at IDtechEx Sensors Europe, Berlin (April 2016).
  2. Lugoda, P.; Dias, T. and Morris, R., Conference presentation on ‘Smart bandage for remote monitoring of temperature and the moisture content of wounds’ at Sensors in Medicine, London (March 2015).
  3. Hughes-Riley, T., Jobling, P., Faulkner, S., Lugoda, P., Dias, T. Poster presented at IDTechEx. ‘Temperature sensing textiles for skin temperature monitoring in sport performance’, Berlin, Germany (March 2018).
  4. Lugoda, P.; Dias, T. and Morris, R., Poster presented at IDtechEx Sensors Europe, Berlin (April 2016).

Exhibitor

  1. Exhibitor at Materials Research Exchange UK Advanced Materials Research & Investor Showcase London, 12-13 March 2018.
  2. Exhibitor at the Wearable Technology Show 2018, Excel, London, 13-14 March 2018. ’ (Rejected in the second stage)

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