International Textile Supply Chain Digitalization
Conference - ITSCDC

Hochschule Niederrhein. Dein Weg.


... to the 1st International Textile Supply Chain Digitalization Conference

Mönchengladbach, Germany

06. - 08. September 2023

Digitalization of industrial processes is becoming more and more the standard. Did the focus start on administrative or planning process, digitalization is nowadays a comprehensive topic for all business-related activities. Digital Design, Digital Engineering, Digital Production, Digital Marketing etc. are just some examples which are covered. On top of that also products get digitalized.Textiles offer an ideal surface for collecting data on the body or in the environment and thus integrating them into digital products.
In this regard, the ITSCDC conference is a unique setting to discuss the academic, educational, and industrial challenges and needs focusing on the textile industry.

The conference will be organized around plenary, research and industry presentation sessions. Academic and industrial experts will deliver high-level keynotes. The research presentation sessions offer the opportunity to share and discuss ideas. With the program part “ITSCDC meets MG Open Spaces” we invite industry experts to present their perspective on the topic. A Workshop Day provides the possibility to get in touch with newest approaches. Finally, social events will give an opportunity to experience the Mönchengladbach textile heritage and its’ future.

We look forward to welcoming you at ITSCDC23!

…. to the Smart Textiles Summer School

Mönchengladbach, Germany

04. - 08. September 2023

The Summer School will be organized within the DAAD-funded project Edu4SmartTex. It is open to PhD- and Master-Students in the field of smart textiles. The programme is comprised of presenting your own research, meeting experts, hands-on work and demonstrations. It allows for a high amount of interaction among lecturers, speakers and fellow participants.

We look forward to your participation at the summer school!



On September, the 8th different workshops are planned to transfer new as well as established knowledge to the participants. The workshops are organized by experts of the HS Niederrhein – University for Applied Sciences and offer a mixture of knowledge transfer combined with active participation. Each workshop will cover a dedicated topic and is planned as a full-day event.



6th of September




Welcome and Organizational Matters 

Conference Team


Welcome Note by the Dean of the Faculty Textile and Clothing Technology

Prof. Dr. Lutz Vossebein


Keynote: Design and AI. Do designers have to be afraid of losing their job?

Kostas Stylidis PhD. - CEO at Intended Future, Senior Researcher at Chalmers University


Keynote: Customized Production of Electronic Textiles - AI and Automation as a key factor for a circular economy?

Dr. Fabian Schreiber -Entrepreneur in Smart Textiles, Automation & Industrial Software


Coffee Break and Room Changes


Session: Digital Product Development 1

Chair: Prof. Dr. Mathias Beer


Session: Digital Production 1

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christof Breckenfelder




Session: Digital Products/Smart Textiles 1

Chair: Prof. Dr. Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer


Coffee Break and Room Changes


Digital Product Development 2

Chair: tbd




Conference Dinner



7th of September


Welcome Note by the Head of the Research Institute for Textiles and Clothing

Prof. Dr. Maike Rabe


Panel Discussion: “Digitalization in the textile supply chain – Common Thread?” + Q&A

Industry members: tbd


Session: Digital Production 1

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christof Breckenfelder


Coffee Break and Room Changes


Session: Digital Supply Chain General

Chair: Prof. Dr. Bastian Quattelbaum




MG Open Spaces

Round Table Workshops – KlarTEXt

Chair: Prof. Dr. Maike Rabe






8th of September




Workshop 1:

From 3D Avatar Scan to Real Virtual Mirror.

How to digitalize my product development process.

Prof. Dr. Bastian Quattelbaum

Workshop 2:

Introduction of Smart Textiles into Teaching and Learning.

Prof. Dr. Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer





Abstract Submission: until May, the10th 2023
Abstract Decision: May, the 10th 2023
Full Paper Submission: until June, the 30th 2023
Full Paper Decision: August, the 15th 2023


PhD - students: 299 €

Early Bird (until June 9th, 2023): 329€

Standard (after June 9th, 2023): 399€

Fee for Exhibition Table and Electricity in Foyer: 300€

Registration will be opened soon.


Please register to the International Textile Supply Chain Digitalization Conference – ITSCDC. After your registration an invoice will be sent to your address.

Conference Registration Form

R&D in Digital Design – from state of the art to the future vision

  • Advanced Digital Design – Applications, Illustration, Simulation, Animation/ Motion Design
  • The future is now - Artificial intelligence (AI) in Digital Design
  • To make life easier for the user - UX Design in Digital Design
  • For a sustainable future – The merge of sustainability and Digital Design


Digital Product Development

  • 3D/4D (Full) Body Scanning – Real Time Scanning, Scanning of Attachments, App Scanning
  • 3D Avatars - Fitting Avatars, Virtual Human Beings, Compressible Avatars, Avatars in Motion
  • Sustainability in Digital Product Development - Virtual Collaboration, Cloud Based Solutions, Digital TechPacks
  • Digital Prototyping - Fit and Sizing, Colour reliability, Digital Process Design, Digital Pattern Blocks
  • Fabric physics simulation - Virtual time-dependent physical fabric elongation, Virtual Drape, Collision Handling, Physical simulation of seams, Physical Fabric Compression


Digital Production

  • Predictive Maintenance – Future potentials
  • Robotics in textile manufacturing – buzz word or reality
  • IoT in a global textile value chain – applicable and sustainable?
  • 5G campus networks – Key enabler vs. Costs
  • AI in production – Where to focus on first?

Digital Marketing & eCommerce

  • Multi-channel marketing – Which channels to combine for textile retail?
  • Intelligent Retail – the Future of Stationary Retail
  • VR and AR applications – Clothing simulation Quality, Avatar matching, real-time application


Digital Products - Smart Textiles

  • Smart Materials – State of the art and future potentials
  • Production techniques – State of the art, challanges and future potentials
  • Smart products – Examples, applications, acceptance


Digital Supply Chain - General

  • Digital Privacy and Ethics – Guidelines, Minimum Requirements, Applications
  • Data Management – Challenges and potentials for Logistics, MRP, ERP
  • HCI/UI – The common thread for acceptance of digitalization


“ITSCDC meets MG Open Spaces”

  • We invite industry experts to present their perspective on the topics mentioned above. The MG Open Spaces is now an integral part of the exchange between the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology at the HS Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and its industrial partners. This year we take the opportunity to bring together the interest groups of the ITSCDC and the MG Open Spaces.



Author Guidelines

The authors are kindly requested to use the following MS Word Template and provide camera ready version of the manuscript. ACM referene style have to be used. To minimze your time in formating, we recommend to use some refence manager software, like Zotero, Citavi, EndNote, Mendeley or else.

Please note in the comments section during submission that the paper is part of the ITSCDC 2023.


Please submit your final paper using the following link:

Paper Submission


All accepted papers will be published in the ITSCDC23 proceedings by journal “Communications in Development and Assembling of Textile Products” (CDATP), ISSN 2701-939X, which is an international peer reviewed, pure open access journal. The proceedings will have a DOI number and following the principle of open science available here.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Breckenfelder
Rechnergestützte Entwicklung und Simulation textiler Produkte
Qualitätsmanagement, textile Prüfungen
Prof. Dr. ir. Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer
Funktionale Textilien und Bekleidung stellv. Vorsitzende des Prüfungsausschusses der dt. Studiengänge Schwerpunktleitung TuB/Bekleidungsmanagement


Katrin Freier, HS Niederrhein


Michael Ernst, HS Niederrhein


Yordan Kyosev, TU Dresden


Annika Heuser, Hochschule Reutlingen


Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer, HS Niederrhein


Christof Breckenfelder, HS Niederrhein


Bastian Quattelbaum, HS Niederrhein



ITSCDC23 will take place at the HS Niederrhein - University for Applied Sciences on the Mönchengladbach campus (Faculty for Textile and Clothing Technology).
The campus is located between the cities Mönchengladbach and Rheydt, close to shops, restaurants and cultural facilities, and only 15 minutes’ walk from Rheydt or Mönchengladbach train station.

The city of Mönchengladbach is very well served by public transport linking the city center and the train station. Only 1-2 hours are needed to get to the international airports Düsseldorf or Cologne from where you can depart to all main worldwide destinations.

Address: Webschulstraße 41 – 43 | 41065 Mönchengladbach | Building Z
Access information:
Bus : line 001, 002, SB01, 019, 097
GPS : 51.18006333745025, 6.442554371562609

The Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein now resides in the buildings of the Prussian Higher School for the Textile Industry, which was founded in 1901.


The Hochschule Niederrhein is one of the largest and top-performing universities for applied sciences in Germany. We open up perspectives, and with academic training that is geared to the future alongside problem-focused and transfer-oriented research, we ensure that our graduates are in demand on the labour market.

In the German university landscape we are a renowned educational and research institution. With ten faculties, campuses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach and around 14,000 students, we are an important contact for companies from the region when it comes to research and transfer.

Our approximately 80 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes cover a broad spectrum of subjects and are tailored to the needs of the region. The Krefeld South campus is the seat of the faculties of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical and Process Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Health Care. The faculties of Chemistry and Design are at home at the Krefeld West campus. Mönchengladbach is the seat of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, the largest faculty of the university, as well as the faculties of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Sciences, Applied Social Sciences and Textile and Clothing Technology.


By train:

Travelling by train will be the most convenient way to get to the Conference. Depending on which direction you are coming you can either choose between two different train stations.
Rheydt Hbf, Bahnhofstraße 70, 41236 Mönchengladbach
Mönchengladbach Hbf, Europaplatz, 41065 Mönchengladbach

By car:

Mönchengladbach is in the heart of the German motorway system and therefore goodly connected to the main travel routes. Parking next to the venue is limited.
Please use the following address for your SAT NAV:
Webschulstraße 41 – 43 | 41065 Mönchengladbach

By plane:

Next international airport are Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) and Cologne Airport (CGN). From both airports you can easily continue your travel by rental car or train.


The city of Mönchengladbach is located west of the Rhine, halfway between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border. The town was founded around Gladbach Abbey in 974. It was named after the Gladbach, a narrow brook which mostly runs underground today. The abbey and adjoining villages became a town in the 14th century. The town of Rheydt is located nearby and is incorporated into Mönchengladbach today. Mönchengladbach's industrial ascent was mainly influenced by the development of the textile industry from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. In addition, a textile-oriented machine industry also developed.

After the Second World War, a major structural change began, reducing the importance of the textile industry and attracting new economic sectors. At present, still 7 percent of employees work in textile and clothing industry.

Mönchengladbach has a long football tradition. Its home club, Borussia Mönchengladbach, is one of the country's most well-known, best-supported, and successful teams. The club plays on the Borussia-Park stadium with a capacity of 54,057. The club has the fourth largest fan club in Germany, "The Foals" (Die Fohlen), with more than 50,000 active members.

Points of Interest:

  • Municipal Abteiberg Museum for contemporary art
  • Municipal Museum Schloss Rheydt for fine art
  • Museum im Wasserturm Rheindahlen for relics of the Stone Age
  • Museum Altes Zeughaus e. V. for Carnival
  • Museum Schloss Wickrath for ornithology
  • Bunter Garten, municipal park with botanical garden and arboretum
  • Wasserturm Mönchengladbach

Hochschule Niederrhein and the Edu4SmartTex Consortium invites you to take part in the Smart Textiles Summer School held in Mönchengladbach, Germany, from 4th to 8th of September, 2023. 

The Summer School is opened to MSc and PhD students with experience in Smart Textiles.

You will find more information in the pdf-file below.

There is no participation fee. Travel and hotel expenses will be partly covered.

The application deadline is 31th of May, 2023.

Applicants will be notified of admission to Summer School by end of May 2023.

If you have any questions, feel free to email!