Assistant Professor

Oscar Tomico Plasencia

 “When designing wearables, wholly new requirements arise: a sensitivity for material details, an eye for fit and comfort, and consideration of wearers’ intimate relations with technology.

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Research Profile

Oscar Tomico is Assistant Professor and part of the Wearable Senses Lab at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on how to design, develop, produce and deploy Soft Wearables. This category includes clothing and textile-based accessories that incorporate smart textiles and soft electronic interfaces to enable responsive and interactive experiences. Communication and dissemination activities in his area of research include co-organising events like the Smart services, smart production, smart textiles debate in the Disseny Hub (Barcelona, Spain, 2016), the Crafting Wearables breakout session in The Future of Fashion is Innovation (MoBA, Arnhem, 2013), and eTextile Sweatshop (Rotterdam V2_, 2012). Tomicohas curated exhibitions such as Systems Design – Eindhoven School at Design Hub Museum (Barcelona, Spain 2012), Smart Textiles – Wearable Services exhibition at TextielMuseum (Tilburg, Netherlands, 2015) and Speculate, collaborate, define – textile thinking for future ways of living at the Textile Museum (Borås, Sweden, 2017). Doctoral design works Tomico supervised have been shown in museums like Textile Museum Tilburg, Taiwan Design Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Wuxi Museum of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings, Technisches Museum Wien, La Gaité Lyrique Paris, Museum of Design Zurich, and Museum of Craft and Design SF.

Academic Background

Oscar Tomico holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). His PhD is from the same institution, awarded cum laude in 2007 on subjective experience-gathering techniques based on constructivist psychology. Tomico briefly worked as a consultant for Telefonica R&D (Spain) and joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as Assistant Professor in 2007. He has held guest positions at AUT Creative technologies (New Zealand), TaiwanTech (Taiwan), the Swedish School of Textiles (Sweden), the Institute of Advanced Architecture (Spain), University of Tsukuba (Finland) and others. In 2015, he consulted for the functional textiles department at EURECAT (Spain). In 2017, Tomico became head of the Industrial Design Bachelor’s degree program at ELISAVA University School of Design and Engineering (Spain).

Educational Activities

  • Crafting Everyday Soft Things

Ancillary Activities

No ancillary activities