Invited Speakers

Prof. Byoungho Ellie Jin, USA

"The Power of Industrial 4.0 in the Apparel Industry: Bringing Innovation and Disruption to the Forefront"

Dr. Byoungho Ellie Jin is Albert Myers Distinguished Professor of Textile Economics and Management at Wilson College of Textiles at the North Carolina State University, USA. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Clothing & Textiles from Yonsei University, Korea, and a Post Doctorate degree in International Retailing from Michigan State University. Dr. Jin’s research interests center on fashion brands’ internationalization, branding, consumers and retailing in emerging markets, and innovation and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises. She has secured over $1.3 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. She has published more than 118 refereed papers in top-tier journals, including Advances in Consumer Research, Business Horizons, Management Decision, International Marketing Review, etc., among which have received many best paper awards at international conferences. In addition, she has published two books and four edited books for the series of Global Fashion Brand Management for which she serves co-series editor. She presently serves co-editor in chief for Fashion & Textiles and associated editor for Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, and has recently been elected as the next President of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA).

Prof. Michiko Otsuka, Japan

"Efforts to support comfortable clothing life for people with various physical conditions based on 3D technology"

Dr. Michiko Otsuka is a professor of Department of Clothing, Japan Women’s University. From infants to the elderly, she is conducting research aiming at the design of clothes that can feel comfortable and happy for people with various physical conditions including disabled people. In particular, she is conducting research on body shape, motion analysis, patterns, and design of people of various ages, with the goal of designing personalized clothing that can contribute to the aging society. Since 2018, she has been President of The Japan Society of Home Economics. Among her academic excellence, a book series, such as 3D Clothing, Clothing Size of Japan, and International Standard of Clothing Size (ISO)  in Encyclopedia of Clothing (2014), and a research paper “Efforts based on clothing science to provide clothing life support for the elderly —Potential for linkage with robotics”(Journal of JSHE, 2018), can be listed.

Prof. Brad Holschuh, USA

Garment-based Wearable Technology: Principles, Applications, and Challenges

Brad Holschuh, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Wearable Technology and Apparel Design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, where he Co-Directs the UMN Wearable Technology Laboratory (WTL) and Directs the UMN Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) graduate program. He earned B.S. (Aero/Astro ‘07), dual M.S. (Aero/Astro ‘10, Technology and Policy ‘10), and Ph.D. (Aerospace Biomedical Engineering ‘14) degrees from MIT before transitioning to UMN in 2016. While at MIT, Dr. Holschuh held a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF), where he worked with researchers at the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) and at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) to develop advanced materials for next-generation space suits. At UMN, Dr. Holschuh’s research focuses on the use of wearable technology to improve human performance both in space and on Earth, with a specific focus on integrating active materials technology into wearable systems. His work encompasses wearable technology, biomedical device development, human factors design, textile engineering, aerospace engineering / bioastronautics, and materials science.

Prof. Patrizia Calefato, Italy

"Fashion as cultural translation in the hyper-connected world: signs, media, bodies"

Patrizia Calefato is professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Università degli studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”. Her main fields of research are: fashion theory, the clothed body, contemporary luxury, cultural studies, media studies, the social dimension of language, gender studies. She has been Affiliated Professor at the Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University. She is member of the Advisory Boards of various journals, among which “Fashion Theory”, “Semiotica”, “Journal of Asia Pacific Pop Culture”, and of book series such as “Les Cahiers Européens de l’imaginaire” (Paris: CNRS), Anthem Studies in Fashion, Dress and Visual Culture (London: Anthem), “Motus: studi sulle società” (Milano: Meltemi), “Culture, moda e società” (Milano: Bruno Mondadori). Her recent publications include: Fashionscapes, in Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas (eds.), The End of Fashion. Clothing and Dress in the Age of Globalization, London: Bloomsbury, 2019; Lusso. Il lato oscuro dell’eccesso, Milano: Meltemi 2018; Il giubbotto e il foulard. Studi culturali, corpo, comunicazione, Bari: Progedit, 2016; Paesaggi di moda: corpo rivestito e flussi culturali, Milano: Lupetti, 2016; Fashion Journalism, Berlin: OPS, 2015; Luxury. Fashion, Lifestyles and Excess, London-Nㅑew York: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Prof. Jia Xizeng, China

"The integration, regeneration and value enhancement of history and fashion in the Internet Era"

Scholar on Chinese costume history, Critic of Sohu Fashion Channel, Member of CMA (China Museum Association) specialized in clothing. Participants in Beijing 2008 Olympics and 2014 APEC on clothing design, published dozens of articles and several scholarly works in academics, consultant on costumes for several famous cinemas. He presided over and completed the Research on Chinese Ancient Headgear funded by the National Social Science Foundation of China in 2007, and restored the costumes of Cai Lun of the Eastern Han Dynasty and the costumes of Confucius of the Spring and Autumn Periods for British sculptor Mr. Szeto. Dr. Jia was invited by Yip Kam Tim’s Studio as a styling consultant; he completed the exhibition planning and text description for the China Ancient Headgears Museum sponsored by Shengxifu, a time-honored Chinese hat manufacturer, and served as the academic advisor for the Ancient Chinese Men’s Costume Museum sponsored by Septwolves. Dr. Jia Xizeng is dedicated to the research on the ritual systems, manufacturing process, structures and tailoring patterns of ancient Chinese costumes based on documentations and physical materials of ancient costumes in China in order to deepen the understanding of the ancient Chinese costume culture and contribute to the theoretical development of Chinese clothing.

FATE Best Paper Award

"Envisioning the era of 3D printing: Technology disruptions in the fashion industry"

Prof. Lushan (Sarina) Sun, Hong Kong

Dr. Lushan (Sarina), Assistant Professor in Design at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has a background in both traditional and modern technology-driven wearable product design and development. Considering the potential impact and advancements of various emerging technologies, she currently aims to integrate Direct Digital Manufacturing technologies to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the fashion supply chain. Her research topics are interdisciplinary in nature and fall within the realm of human-computer interaction (HCI), including 2D/3D CAD and Ai technologies, the integrations of Direct Digital Manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing (3DP) in flexible wearables, and sustainable material innovation for additive manufacturing, including bio-mass composites.

Prof. Li Zhao, USA

Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in the Textile and Apparel Management Department. Her primary research interest is to improve inter-functional coordination in the global fashion supply chain through digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Her research can be categorized as interdisciplinary with aspects of textile and apparel management, informatics and data science, and business studies. She uses a combination of theoretical, computational, and statistical approaches to better understand the dynamic nature of global fashion supply chain. From a holistic point of view, she explored many possibilities of big data analytics implementation in fashion and how fashion companies may utilize data analytics to convey adjustments across supply chain functions. She has published over forty research papers in diverse international referred journals, book chapters and conferences for the said research domains.

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