Dr. Thamizhisai Periyaswamy is an Associate Professor at the
Central Michigan University. She received her doctoral degree in Textile
Engineering & Sciences from the Philadelphia University in the year 2009.
Her primary areas of research include ultrasound-based material
characterization, wearable electronic systems, tactile perception of flexible
materials, and human-centered apparel development. She developed a novel,
rapid, non-contact ultrasound method of characterization for fibrous materials.
She also studies clothing-induced stress in functional-wears as part of the
“Human-centered Apparel Design (HCAD) Analysis” attempting to solve complex physio-ergonomic
issues of clothing. Additionally, she studies bio and neurophysiological signal
properties, such as skin temperature, galvanic skin response, and
electro-encephalogram signals (EEG), associated with tactile perception of
flexible materials made of various textures and low-stress material properties.
She is also pursuing research on fiber-based interfaces for human
electrophysiological signals applied for wearable systems. She offers courses
in textile science, testing methods, and CAD systems for undergraduates, and
research methods and electronic textiles for graduates.