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EDUCATION & RESEARCH

Liu mentors students in exploring interdisciplinary projects to drive the fashion industry into the future through new methods of manufacturing.  Project topics include 3D printing, advanced knitting, and the development of tools to inform design decisions and innovate non-traditional business models.

COGNITIVE FASHION

An exploration of AI's capacity to inform design decisions and improve marketing and supply chain strategies. The three-way collaboration among IBM Watson, Dtech (design & tech Lab established by FIT & Infor), and FIT was promoted at The National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York 2018.

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ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL FIBERS & MANUFACTURING METHODS

Offered as a summer workshop in collaboration with AFFOA, MIT and FIT, this course provided design and science students an overview of advanced functional fibers and new production methods such as additive manufacturing and whole-garment knitting. Upon completion of the course, students had a better understanding of the technology applications and the business methodologies necessary to bring advanced functional fibers to market.

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MODE CONNECTÉE

A collaboration between FIT, Neue, POC Sport, Dtech (design & tech lab established by FIT & Infor) and BACK to create fashion products, both controlled and with the potential for upgrades, via programmable apps on WiFi-enabled smartphones and integrated hardware. The idea was to create a new fashion business model that allowed for products to be renewable based on upgrade or subscription.