A group photo at the press conference.
A group photo at the press conference.
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The 2nd Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textile International Conference (AIFT 2019), jointly organized by the 19th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2019) and the Institute of Textiles & Clothing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, recently conducted a press conference at the Shanghai International Fashion Center, revealing details of AIFT 2019.

Guests who attended the press conference include: Prof. Calvin Wong, Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Wang Zhijie, Associate Dean & Ph.D supervisor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology of Donghua University, Professor Dong Aihua, Associate Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology of Donghua University, Mr. Liu Weiping, General Manager of Shanghai Textile Technology Service & Exhibition Co., Ltd., Mr. Bian Guorong, Vice President of Shanghai International Exhibition Co., Ltd., Mr. Parry Chung, General Manager of the Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. etc.

Prof. Calvin Wong, Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University announced that AIFT will develop a long-term cooperation with ShanghaiTex 2019, with a forecast that an Artificial Intelligence Alliance will be established together with a number of institutions during the opening of AIFT 2019.

Prof. Wong also mentioned that computer technology, especially AI’s rapid development over the past twenty years has changed our lifestyle and society. The textile and fashion industry will step into The Fourth Industrial Revolution soon as the mature technology application in production process will become more usual, the technology will be further optimized according to the market needs.

In view of this, AIFT 2019 adopts “research, application, popularization” as the core values, aiming to connect the researchers and industry practitioners together to explore new AI applications in the textile and fashion industry.

Professor Wang Zhijie, Associate Dean & Ph.D supervisor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology of Donghua University, as one of the co-organizers, stated that the characteristics of the college have always been inseparable from intelligence and “textile and apparel industries”, indicating that their belief and the theme of AIFT 2019 is very similar, thus they are pleased to be a part of AIFT to accelerate the development and application of AI on Textile and Fashion Industry.

Conference hotspots: Tapping the potential of AI applications 

Following the success of AIFT 2018 as the first edition, AIFT 2019 will be held simultaneously with ShanghaiTex 2019’s TexTech Galaxy in Shanghai Pudong during 25-27 November 2019, which will once again provide an open platform for researchers, engineers and practitioners in the area of AI, fashion and textile to explore the ways driving towards “Industry 4.0” and “The New Era of Retail”.

The speakers of AIFT 2019 include Prof. Calvin Wong, Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Prof. Anne Toomey, Head of Textile Programme Royal in College of Art, London and Prof. Chua Tet Seng, KITHCT Chair Professor School of Computing in National University of Singapore.

Key topics of the speeches cover internet of things, textile and apparel supply chain modeling, textile material defect detection, textile material color measurement, wearable devices, 3D image modeling for fitting, retail sales replenishment and fashion sales forecasting, carrying out a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities and challenges in textile and fashion industry brought by the AI.

Gathering together the international experts

Other than the three thematic speeches, AIFT 2019 invites global researchers in the field of textile, fashion and AI to submit papers, in order to share their thoughts and suggestions on the topics such as Basic Theories, Principles and Techniques of AI and the Applications on Fashion and Textiles, promoting the development of technology and helping the audiences to find business inspiration.

At the same time, ShanghaiTex 2019 will organize a series of forward-looking technology related events, including Textech Galaxy’s Wearable Technology X Textile Design Competition (WTTDC 2019) and Textech Startup Planet; Forums on Textile 4.0, Sustainability, Textile x Women's Different Stages of life, Digital Printing and Green Denim etc., exploring the cross-border innovation of textile, fashion & technology.