Keynote Speeches

Dr. Valerie Steele, USA

The Museum at FIT

"The Future of Fashion"

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has organized more than two dozen exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset: Fashioning the Body; Gothic: Dark Glamour; A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk; Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color; and Paris, Capital of Fashion.
She is also the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Paris Fashion, Women of Fashion, Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, The Corset, The Berg Companion to Fashion, and. Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT. Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition, she is founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first scholarly journal in Fashion Studies.

Prof. Thomas Gries, Germany

RWTH Aachen University

"Smart Textiles and Smart Textile Production - current trends and future perspectives"

Prof. Thomas Gries is, since 2001, Director of the Institute of Textile Technology and the associated Department of Textile Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Before that, he spent several years in senior positions in the chemical fiber industry. Thomas Gries is a member of the Academy of Science NRW and an internationally recognized reviewer of numerous journals. In addition, he has authored and co-authored numerous books and book chapters on topics of textile technology. He has received numerous prizes and awards for his scientific work in the fields of textile engineering, chemistry fiber production and processing, technical textiles, fiber composite materials, medical textiles, and smart textiles

Dr. Yu-Sung Chang, Korea

CEO, Vivity AI and EVP at Hanwha Systems

"From makers to retailers to customers: How AI-driven operation changes manufacturing and retail industries"

Yu-Sung Chang is the CEO of Vivity AI, a leading-edge AI company enabling transparent and sustainable operations for Smart Factory. Before that he served as Chief Technology Officer of SSG.COM, an Ecommerce subsidiary of Emart Group, one of the largest retailers in Korea.
He has been focusing on data-driven strategy and development throughout his career. He spent more than 10 years at Wolfram Research—the makers of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha which powers mobile personal assistants including Siri and Bixby—where he held various positions including Chief Product Officer. In 2013, he led the advanced UX and R&D group in Samsung Mobile and spearheaded the launch of Samsung Digital Health Platform and other advanced services. He has been engaging with several AI startups and cofounded Huma AI, a natural language-driven healthcare automation company. He led SK Telecom’s Mobility Division before joining SSG.COM, whose services includes T map, T map Taxi and ADAS maps for semi-autonomous vehicles. He served as a board member of Grab Geo Holdings--a joint venture between Grab and SK Telecom.

Special Lectures

Prof. Hyeyoung Kim, USA

University of Minnesota

"Scholarly Discourse on the Metaverse: Current State and Future Possibilities of Fashion Retailing"

Hye-Young Kim is a professor in the Retail Merchandising Program at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as the Interim Head of the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel and the Founding Director of the Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI). She holds a Ph.D. in Retail and Consumer Sciences from The University of Tennessee and an M.S. in Merchandising from University of North Texas. Kim’s research interests include consumer behavior in technology-mediated retail environments. Her scholarship in these areas has appeared in leading academic journals, including Journal of Business Research and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. Kim’s collaborative research has been recognized as Best Paper/ Paper of Distinction at International Textile and Apparel Association (2007, 2008, 2010, 2020) and American Collegiate Retailing Association (2005, 2008, 2011).

Dr. Makoro Fukuda, Japan

Asics Institute of Sport Science

"Materials and Inclusivity: Designing intelligent textiles for multi-sensory environments"

Makoto Fukuto is manager of Apparel Function Development team of Sports Contents research Development, Asics Institute of Sport Science. he has over 10 years of extensive experience in research and development on sports apparel in ASICS Institute of Sport Science. He has been engaged in developing unctional apparel for competitive athletes in Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and new apparel with electric device.

Dr. Marie Chae, Netherland

Delft University of Technology

"Hybrid Fashion - Tech Education Model for Smart Textiles"

Dr.Youngjin Chae (Marie) is a postdoc researcher in the Emerging Materials Group at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). She gained her Ph.D. in Textile Science from Yonsei University (South Korea) and continued her research at Singapore University of Technology and Design as a research scientist and had joined respective projects of smart textiles for future living and digital manufacturing systems. Later, she co-founded Lifetechwear. Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) to provide design and material solutions for different products and user applications through innovative textiles. Marie's research focuses to design and develop smart textiles and smart clothing as the next generation of wearables by considering it as a tangible interface between the human and the environment. Along with the functional usefulness and advanced comfort at a user-centered level, her recent outreaches and connects smart textile and smart clothing to a broader social context of smart cities and circular economy by understanding its engagement and impact on the user and their environment.

Prof. Jeanne Tan, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

"Chief Operating Officer, Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Design"

Jeanne Tan is Chief Operating Officer of the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Design (AiDLab) and Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jeanne’s work investigates the interface of design and technology. Her research interests include intelligent material design, interactive textiles for well-being, hybrid design processes and smart wearables. Jeanne’s research had involved working collaboratively with institutions such as Hong Kong Sheng Kong Hui Welfare Council, Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, HK, Humansa (New World Development) with industry sponsorship from TSE and Theory. Her designs had been internationally exhibited at venues such as Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; London Design Week 2018, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Germany and Today Art Museum, China. Jeanne is often asked to speak about her research at institutions and events such TedX, Royal College of Art, UK, Parsons School of Design, USA and Hongik University, Korea. Recent research grants include Quality Education Fund (HKD$1.49 million), Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Design, funded by Innovation and Technology Fund (HKD$4.2 million) and Create Smart Initiative (HKD$1.24 million). Her design work had been featured in international and regional media such as Harper’s Bazaar, WGSN and Xinhua News. As a design consultant, Jeanne works with companies and organizations to implement fashion, textile and creative education solutions. Her consultancies include the LVMH Group (Celine, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs), Nike, Alibaba, Fashionary, Kiabi, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, The Hong Kong SAR Government (EMSD) and The Hong Kong Red Cross.

Guest Speakers

Prof. Byoungho Ellie Jin, USA

North Carolina State University

"Tips for getting a faculty or post-doc position in the U.S."

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 at 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 conducted numerous research projects funded 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 135 refereed papers in top-tier journals, including Clothing & Textiles research Journal, International Marketing Review, Management Decision, Advances in Consumer Research, Business Horizons, etc., among which have received many best paper awards at international conferences. In addition, she has published two books and six edited books for the series of Global Fashion Brand Management for which she serves as co-series editor. She presently serves as counselor of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA).

Prof. Huiju Park, USA

Cornell University

"Data Driven Design Approach"

Huiju Park (Ph.D.) is Director of Cornell Performance Apparel Design Lab (https://www. performancewear., and an associate professor of Apparel Design in the Department of Human Centered Design at Cornell University. Professor Park’s research has focused on wearable technology, biomechanical and physiological evaluation of personal protective clothing systems and sports apparel through human-centered design and creative use of technologies. Professor Park has secured about $1.96 Million Research Funding (direct award to Park) from 25 proposals (total funding awarded to selected projects: $8.5 Million) selected by various agencies including NASA, the US Air Force, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also co-invented 7 items of smart clothing and wearable sensors. His research, teaching and creative design scholarship won awards from international conferences and design competitions including 2021 Best Brief Award at the International Symposium of Wearable Computers, 2021 Second Place at the ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association) Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award, 2020 ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award, 2015 ITAA Rising Star Award, 2010 ATEXINC Excellent Marketable Design Award at the ITAA Design Competition, 2009 Second Place at American Quilter’s Society Fashion Design Competition and ITAA Paper of Distinction Awards (2012 & 2018).

Prof. Jihyun Kim-Vick, USA

Kent State University

"Generation Z Consumers’ Luxury Goods Ownership Types and Purchase Intention of Luxury Goods using Collaborative Redistribution Platforms"

Dr. Kim-Vick is a professor and graduate studies coordinator in the Shannon Rogers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion at Kent State University in Ohio. She is a seasoned researcher and educator who uses socio-psychology and behavioral economics background to prepare the future leaders in the fashion industry at Kent State. Over two decades of her career, she focuses her research endeavor deepening the understanding of technological trends and consumer behavior in the omni-channel environment and conscious capitalism approach for small retail entrepreneurs. Her scholarly contribution was recognized through being ranked one of top five global eminent researchers in the discipline of Fashion Marketing in 2017 in CTRJ among other numerous international awards. Her teaching and research excellence was recognized by the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Mid-Career Excellence Award in 2018. Recently, she was selected as one of three recipients of the 2021-22 Outstanding Research and Scholar Award from Kent State University. She is currently working on a textbook titled, Omnichannel Retailing for Fashion Business (1st ed.) to be published in June 2023 by Bloomsbury.

FATE Best Paper Awardees

Prof. Hyewon Lee, Korea

Catholic University

"Charging device for wearable electromagnetic energy-harvesting textiles"

Hyewon, Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Clothing & Textile at the Catholic University of Korea. Lee holds a Ph.D. in human ecology from Seoul National University as an aesthetic in dress major. Professor Lee was a research professor at IT Fusion Technology Research Center of Chosun University of Korea from 2016 to 2017, and a research professor at Cultural Technology Research center and Fashion Convergence Technology Lab. of Sangmyung University from 2019 to 2020.Professor Lee has been researching wearable energy harvesting systems with Professor Roh, Jung-Sim of Sangmyung University since 2016. Lee's research interests include smartware, wearables design, and fashion technology. In addition, she is conducting various studies on the aesthetic aspects of smart clothing.

Prof. Naan Ju, Korea

Hanyang University

"Consumer resistance to innovation: smart clothing"

Naan Ju is a research assistant professor at Research Institute of industrial Science, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. She obtained a Ph. D in Clothing and Textiles at Hanyang University (Korea). Dr. Ju worked as a post doctor during 2020 -2021 at research institute of industrial science, Hanyang university. Her research interests include consumer resistance to innovation, text analysis, ecofriendly vehicles, and circular economy.