EDUCATION & RESEARCH

Liu mentors students in exploring interdisciplinary projects to drive the fashion industry into the future.  Project topics include 3D printing, advanced knitting, integration of smart materials into new product concepts, & the development of new tools to inform design decisions & innovate non-traditional business models.

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COGNITIVE FASHION

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

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ADVANCED FIBERS AND FABRIC WORKSHOP

Developed in collaboration with AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fibers of America), MIT, FIT & industry partners,  this workshop provides design and science students the opportunity to work in teams to find relevant applications for emerging advanced fibers & materials through scalable product concepts.   Interdisciplinary student teams are supported by lectures, guided discoveries, & educational materials to help them solve the challenge.  The team proposals are evaluated by industry partners at the end of workshop.

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MODE CONNECTÉE

A collaboration between FIT, Neue, POC Sport, & BACK to create fashion products controlled 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 and/or subscription.