The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Smart Clothes for People in Smart Cities: New Challenges in Education of Future Designers

Nataliya Solodilova, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (Russian Federation)

Farit Akhmedzhanov, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (Russian Federation)

Victor Krymsky, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (Russian Federation)

Olga Budeeva, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (Russian Federation)


The rapidly changing requirements of society for the competencies of fashion designers make it necessary to regularly transform and correct the curricula of the respective universities. One of the important challenges in this area is the active introduction of smart clothing components into everyday life, which allows every resident of a modern city to enjoy all the benefits of an intelligent environment [1]. The need for smart clothes especially increases during a pandemic time, since these clothes allow continuous monitoring of the state of the human body and the observance of social distance. However, the traditional approach to education of the clothing designers does not support sufficiently studying the mathematical foundations of developing algorithms for the functioning of such clothing. The educational process should provide in-depth knowledge of artificial intelligence methods and understanding the principles of operation of complex information systems including the special features and characteristics of software and hardware. Particular attention should be paid to the possibility of smart clothes interacting with other devices in the urban environment through the Internet of Things. The Department of Clothing Design Technologies of the Ufa State Petroleum Technological University has accumulated some experience in adapting curricula for clothing designers to new conditions of creating clothing for people in smart cities. The educational programs include disciplines, united in three modules:

- a module of mathematical foundations for constructing algorithms, on the basis of which the components of smart clothes solve the assigned tasks,

- a module for studying the properties and characteristics of software and hardware of smart clothes,

- a module that provides an understanding of the network interaction of smart clothes with an intelligent environment in the framework of the Internet of Things.

The combined curriculum can be considered as the result of technologies incorporation into the interdisciplinary education focused on the balance of functionality and visual art. The authors believe that the completed adaptation of curricula can be considered as the first steps in forming the educational system for fashion designers of the future [2].

Keywords: Smart clothing, Internet of Things, curricula adaptation.


  1. Smart clothing – technology and applications (G. Cho, B. Raton – Eds.), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010, 275 pp.
  2. Ryan S.E. Garments of Paradise: Wearable Discourse in the Digital Age, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2014, 326 pp.

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