Oscar Tomico Plasencia


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 “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.”

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).

Affiliated with

  • ELISAVA University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona.

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Projects 2013 2013

Smart Textile Services

Foolen, R., Foolen, R., Chang Chang, C., Tomico Plasencia, O. & Schoumacher, J.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2007 2019

Towards a next wave of wearable and fashionable interactions (editorial)

Tomico Plasencia, O., Hallnäs, L., Liang, R-H. & Wensveen, S. A. G., 1 Dec 2017, In : International Journal of Design. 11, 3, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Soft, embodied, situated & connected

Tomico Plasencia, O. & Wilde, D., 2015, MobileHCI '15 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1179-1186

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

human being
6 Citations (Scopus)

Designing ultra-personalized embodied smart textile services for well-being.

ten Bhömer, M., Tomico Plasencia, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G., 2015, Advances in smart medical textiles: treatments and health monitoring. van Langenhove, L. (ed.). Cambridge: Woodhead, p. 155-175 (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Smart textiles
Materials properties
9 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Designing for, with or within: 1st, 2nd and 3rd person points of view on designing for systems

Tomico Plasencia, O., Winthagen, V. O. & van Heist, M. M. G., 2012, NordiCHI '12 Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 180-188 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Systems analysis

Beyond individuals: Exploring social experiences around wearables

Jarusriboonchai, P., Epp, F. A., Olsson, T., Lucero, A., Tomico, O., Paulos, E. & Häkkilä, J., 9 Sep 2019, UbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 454-456 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Group technology
Wearable technology

Student theses

Across the fence

Author: Hermans, N., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Eggen, J. (Supervisor 1) & Tomico Plasencia, O. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Author: van der Weiden, F., 2016

Supervisor: Tomico Plasencia, O. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Author: Wamsteker, T., 2016

Supervisor: Tomico Plasencia, O. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor

Batik mesin tulis: reconfiguring the value of Batik

Author: Sturkenboom, N., 31 Jan 2013

Supervisor: Tomico Plasencia, O. (Supervisor 1) & Frieling, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master