Keynote Speaker

This year, the conference programme brings together different perspectives in AI Technology application in fashion and textile industry from across our community that will elaborate the development and examine the challenges ahead. Meet the inspiring keynote speakers that will help shape the conversation:

 

Topic 1:Artificial Intelligence: The Inevitable and Revolutionary Future of the Fashion and Textile Industry

Prof. Calvin WongCheng Yik Hung Professor
in Fashion,
Institute of Textiles and Clothing,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Prof. Calvin Wong
Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion,
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Artificial Intelligence: The Inevitable and Revolutionary Future of the Fashion and Textile Industry

Abstract:

Today, utilizing image or pictures for decision making has been popular and crucial in whatever our daily life and work place while fundamental research on artificial intelligence (AI) techniques has been a hot topic brought by the rapid technological advancement of computing technology in a recent decade. This talk will discuss the current applications of how AI makes use of the fashion, apparel and textile images for decision making and its' challenges as well as opportunities. The future trend of application of AI in fashion, apparel and textile manufacturing process will also be discussed

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Calvin Wongis Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His main research focuses on fashion and artificial intelligence integration, computer vision, image feature extraction, and pattern recognition for fashion and textiles. His research outcome is highly recognized by both the academia and the industry and generates a great impact on fashion and textile sectors.

Professor Wong is leading the Textile and Apparel Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) Research Group which have been conducting fundamental and applied research on artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and machine learning, specifically for the fashion and textile industry since 2010. His academic research deliverables have also been patented and successfully licensed to the fashion and textile industry for commercial use. Recently, Professor Wong has collaborated with Alibaba Group to establish the first-of-its-kind “FashionAI Dataset” for enabling machine to better understand fashion, bringing a new horizon to the fashion retail industry through the application of AI. Professor Wong has also successfully developed an intelligent fabric defect detection system, called "WiseEye", which leverages advanced technologies including AI and Deep Learning in the process of quality control in textile industry.

Professor Wong has published over 110 research articles in Science Citation Index journals including the world leading journals in artificial intelligence field, such as IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc. Essential Science Indicators has ranked his two recent research publications in TNNLS among the top 1% of the most cited articles. Professor Wong has authored and edited three books on the integration of artificial intelligence techniques with the fashion and textile industry, including the first-two-ever on the topics of "Optimizing Decision Making in the Apparel Supply Chain Using AI: From Production to Retailing" and "Applications of Computer Vision in Fashion and Textiles". Currently he is also Associate Editor of Neurocomputing.

Over the past ten years, Professor Wong received sixteen research related awards, including best research paper awards in international research conferences, and international and regional innovation awards. On the basis of his research track record, he has always been invited as plenary, keynote and invited speaker, technical programme committee member, and track chair of several international academic conferences. As a key pioneer in the integration of artificial intelligence with fashion and textile, Professor Wong served as the Conference Chair of the world's first conference on the integration of fashion and artificial intelligence, "Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textile International Conference 2018" (AIFT), co-organized with Alibaba Group and The Textile Institute, UK on July 3 – 6 2018.

Abstract: Professor Wong will share the latest development of AI-based technology in textile and apparel manufacturing industry and its potential applications.

 

Topic 2:SOFT SYSTEMS: Neo Couture for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Prof. Anne Toomey Head of Textile Programme,
Royal College of Art, London

 

Prof. Anne Toomey
Head of Textile Programme,
Royal College of Art, London
 

SOFT SYSTEMS: Neo Couture for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

Abstract:

NEO-COUTURE brings together the domains of fashion, textiles, advanced robotics, computer science, biodesign and advanced materials under the umbrella of Ai to bring a step change to the way that we create and communicate future fashion.

Based on the underlying principles and values of haute couture, the challenge is to re-think notions of couture construction for the 21st century through developing Soft Systems for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Rapid advances from within the material science community over the last two decades have radically altered the materials landscape to a point where it is now acceptable to consider designing the material itself to possess specific qualities or exhibit specific behaviours. This is particularly true in Textiles where advances in fibres and soft, malleable materials have shattered the boundaries of what we thought was possible. These programmable materials are the building blocks of tomorrow's products. Their advanced characteristics offer an exponentially expanded 'materials palette' from which the designer can specify, select and develop.

Simultaneously, the way in which we engage with our digital world is blurring the boundaries between 'bits' and 'atoms' to signal a future of intangible matter and tangible data where we question the materiality of technology.

As the increasingly programmable materials world converges with the increasingly tangible digital world, how does the fashion and textile design industry evolve and innovate within 4IR?

With the convergence of electro and bio domains we move towards programmable materials. What happens when the binary world of computing coding merges with genetic code?

This paradigm shift raises the following questions:

  • Can we use machine learning and advanced robotics to replicate the bespoke and intricate craftsmanship that characterises couture?
  • How can we configure a future materials landscape for designers where 0/1 meets ATGC?
  • Can we codify design reasoning and idea generation?
  • What are the new aesthetics of 4IR?

Speaker Bio:

As Head of the Textiles Programme at the Royal College of Art, Anne Toomey leads a team of expert specialist staff and over 130 postgraduate students working at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Their focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors, exploring new territories for the twenty-first century Textiles specialist.

Under her leadership, the Textiles Programme has established the Soft Systems Research Group whose remit includes the following:

  • An exploration of the way that our SOFT material world resonates with the human condition to find new opportunities and solutions involving human interfaces, user acceptance and experience.
  • Concerned with affective and sensory material values within a technological landscape.
  • Developing innovative processes, surfaces, structures and soft systems to form products that reimagine our relationships with materials
  • Incorporating aspects of advanced materials into a textile led approach to design
  • A Design-Led Interrogation of Graphene & 2D materials to develop a platform of material formats for Designers
  • Bridge the gap between lab and manufacture

Anne is a textiles specialist with national and international experience in research-based design, product development, manufacture and student centered education. As a design researcher, her research questions and challenges the role of new materials and fabrication technologies in Design for the 21st century.

 

Topic 3:Artificial Intelligence X Multimedia - Booster for the Fashion Industry

Prof. Chua Tet Seng
KITHCT Chair Professor,
School of Computing,
National University of Singapore

 

Prof. Chua Tet Seng
KITHCT Chair Professor
School of Computing, National University of Singapore

Artificial Intelligence X Multimedia - Booster for the Fashion Industry

Abstract:

The recent advances in Internet technology, social media and AI has resulted in confluence of technologies for a wide range of applications, including fashion. Most information about fashion, ranging from fashion shows, to fast fashion e-commerce and street fashion, can be extracted and inferred from ecommerce, blogs and social media sites. Many ecommerce companies are also employing vision and Deep Learning technologies to perform fashion product search and style recommendation. In this talk, Dr Chua will present recent advances in AI and multimedia, and the related research on fashion product search, style matching, content discovery, and multimodal recommendation. He will also present their research on the construction of multimodal fashion taxonomy, and its use in multimodal conversation systems and fashion trend analysis. Finally Dr Chua will discuss future trends on AI in fashion applications

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Chuais the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He was the Acting and Founding Dean of the School from 1998-2000. Prof. Chua's main research interests include multimedia information retrieval, social media analytics, and the emerging applications in Chatbot, wellness and Fintech. He is the co-Director of NExT, a joint Center between NUS and Tsinghua University on Extreme Search.

Prof. Chua is the recipient of the 2015 ACM SIGMM Achievements Award for the Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. He is the Chair of steering committee of ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) and Multimedia Modeling (MMM) conference series. Prof. Chua is also the General Co-Chair of ACM Multimedia 2005, ACM CIVR (now ACM ICMR) 2005, ACM SIGIR 2008, and ACM Web Science 2015. He serves in the editorial boards of three international journals. Prof. Chua is the co-Founder of two technology startup companies in Singapore. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.

 

Prof. Calvin WongCheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion,
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Artificial Intelligence: The Inevitable and Revolutionary Future of the Fashion and Textile Industry

Abstract:

Today, utilizing image or pictures for decision making has been popular and crucial in whatever our daily life and work place while fundamental research on artificial intelligence (AI) techniques has been a hot topic brought by the rapid technological advancement of computing technology in a recent decade. This talk will discuss the current applications of how AI makes use of the fashion, apparel and textile images for decision making and its' challenges as well as opportunities. The future trend of application of AI in fashion, apparel and textile manufacturing process will also be discussed

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Calvin Wongis Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His main research focuses on fashion and artificial intelligence integration, computer vision, image feature extraction, and pattern recognition for fashion and textiles. His research outcome is highly recognized by both the academia and the industry and generates a great impact on fashion and textile sectors.

Professor Wong is leading the Textile and Apparel Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) Research Group which have been conducting fundamental and applied research on artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and machine learning, specifically for the fashion and textile industry since 2010. His academic research deliverables have also been patented and successfully licensed to the fashion and textile industry for commercial use. Recently, Professor Wong has collaborated with Alibaba Group to establish the first-of-its-kind “FashionAI Dataset” for enabling machine to better understand fashion, bringing a new horizon to the fashion retail industry through the application of AI. Professor Wong has also successfully developed an intelligent fabric defect detection system, called "WiseEye", which leverages advanced technologies including AI and Deep Learning in the process of quality control in textile industry.

Professor Wong has published over 110 research articles in Science Citation Index journals including the world leading journals in artificial intelligence field, such as IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc. Essential Science Indicators has ranked his two recent research publications in TNNLS among the top 1% of the most cited articles. Professor Wong has authored and edited three books on the integration of artificial intelligence techniques with the fashion and textile industry, including the first-two-ever on the topics of "Optimizing Decision Making in the Apparel Supply Chain Using AI: From Production to Retailing" and "Applications of Computer Vision in Fashion and Textiles". Currently he is also Associate Editor of Neurocomputing.

Over the past ten years, Professor Wong received sixteen research related awards, including best research paper awards in international research conferences, and international and regional innovation awards. On the basis of his research track record, he has always been invited as plenary, keynote and invited speaker, technical programme committee member, and track chair of several international academic conferences. As a key pioneer in the integration of artificial intelligence with fashion and textile, Professor Wong served as the Conference Chair of the world's first conference on the integration of fashion and artificial intelligence, "Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textile International Conference 2018" (AIFT), co-organized with Alibaba Group and The Textile Institute, UK on July 3 – 6 2018.

 
 

Prof. Anne Toomey Head of Textile Programme,
Royal College of Art, London

SOFT SYSTEMS: Neo Couture for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

Abstract:

NEO-COUTURE brings together the domains of fashion, textiles, advanced robotics, computer science, biodesign and advanced materials under the umbrella of Ai to bring a step change to the way that we create and communicate future fashion.

Based on the underlying principles and values of haute couture, the challenge is to re-think notions of couture construction for the 21st century through developing Soft Systems for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Rapid advances from within the material science community over the last two decades have radically altered the materials landscape to a point where it is now acceptable to consider designing the material itself to possess specific qualities or exhibit specific behaviours. This is particularly true in Textiles where advances in fibres and soft, malleable materials have shattered the boundaries of what we thought was possible. These programmable materials are the building blocks of tomorrow's products. Their advanced characteristics offer an exponentially expanded 'materials palette' from which the designer can specify, select and develop.

Simultaneously, the way in which we engage with our digital world is blurring the boundaries between 'bits' and 'atoms' to signal a future of intangible matter and tangible data where we question the materiality of technology.

As the increasingly programmable materials world converges with the increasingly tangible digital world, how does the fashion and textile design industry evolve and innovate within 4IR?

With the convergence of electro and bio domains we move towards programmable materials. What happens when the binary world of computing coding merges with genetic code?

This paradigm shift raises the following questions:

  • Can we use machine learning and advanced robotics to replicate the bespoke and intricate craftsmanship that characterises couture?
  • How can we configure a future materials landscape for designers where 0/1 meets ATGC?
  • Can we codify design reasoning and idea generation?
  • What are the new aesthetics of 4IR?

Speaker Bio:

As Head of the Textiles Programme at the Royal College of Art, Anne Toomey leads a team of expert specialist staff and over 130 postgraduate students working at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Their focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors, exploring new territories for the twenty-first century Textiles specialist.

Under her leadership, the Textiles Programme has established the Soft Systems Research Group whose remit includes the following:

  • An exploration of the way that our SOFT material world resonates with the human condition to find new opportunities and solutions involving human interfaces, user acceptance and experience.
  • Concerned with affective and sensory material values within a technological landscape.
  • Developing innovative processes, surfaces, structures and soft systems to form products that reimagine our relationships with materials
  • Incorporating aspects of advanced materials into a textile led approach to design
  • A Design-Led Interrogation of Graphene & 2D materials to develop a platform of material formats for Designers
  • Bridge the gap between lab and manufacture

Anne is a textiles specialist with national and international experience in research-based design, product development, manufacture and student centered education. As a design researcher, her research questions and challenges the role of new materials and fabrication technologies in Design for the 21st century.

 

Prof. Chua Tet SengKITHCT Chair Professor,
School of Computing, National University of Singapore

Artificial Intelligence X Multimedia - Booster for the Fashion Industry

Abstract:

The recent advances in Internet technology, social media and AI has resulted in confluence of technologies for a wide range of applications, including fashion. Most information about fashion, ranging from fashion shows, to fast fashion e-commerce and street fashion, can be extracted and inferred from ecommerce, blogs and social media sites. Many ecommerce companies are also employing vision and Deep Learning technologies to perform fashion product search and style recommendation. In this talk, Dr Chua will present recent advances in AI and multimedia, and the related research on fashion product search, style matching, content discovery, and multimodal recommendation. He will also present their research on the construction of multimodal fashion taxonomy, and its use in multimodal conversation systems and fashion trend analysis. Finally Dr Chua will discuss future trends on AI in fashion applications

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Chua is the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He was the Acting and Founding Dean of the School from 1998-2000. Prof. Chua's main research interests include multimedia information retrieval, social media analytics, and the emerging applications in Chatbot, wellness and Fintech. He is the co-Director of NExT, a joint Center between NUS and Tsinghua University on Extreme Search.

Prof. Chua is the recipient of the 2015 ACM SIGMM Achievements Award for the Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. He is the Chair of steering committee of ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) and Multimedia Modeling (MMM) conference series. Prof. Chua is also the General Co-Chair of ACM Multimedia 2005, ACM CIVR (now ACM ICMR) 2005, ACM SIGIR 2008, and ACM Web Science 2015. He serves in the editorial boards of three international journals. Prof. Chua is the co-Founder of two technology startup companies in Singapore. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.

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