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SFT showcases research and innovations at its first overseas exhibition “Flying High” in France

26 Jun 2024

Shows & Exhibitions

The “Flying High” exhibition featured a diverse array of PolyU’s research and innovations across disciplines from fashion to technology and sustainable materials.

Prof. Chao (3rd from left); Mr Zhou Jiagui (middle), Minister Counselor of Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in France, and SFT Dean Prof. Erin Cho (3rd from right) attended the kick-off ceremony.

The Exhibition featured a diverse array of SFT’s research and innovations across disciplines from fashion to technology and sustainable materials.

SFT showcased seven research projects at the inaugural “Flying High” exhibition in Paris, France, from 26 June to 1 July, under the theme of “Style in Motion” and “Sustainability in Innovation”. The projects include:

[Style in Motion]

AI-assisted Personal Training Gear by Professor Joanne Yip, Associate Dean

AI-enhanced, wearable sensor-based training gear helps monitor posture, muscle activity and fatigue in real-time during workouts, providing immediate feedback to improve physical performance and minimise the risk of injury.

Sport-specific Sports Bra Designs from Analysis of Human Dynamic Motion by Professor Yick Kit-lun

An anatomically tailored sports bra employs analysis of 4D scans to enable bra design to provide precise support for the unique demands of each sport and comfort for women of all ages and sizes.

Tai-Chi, Sports and Olympics by Dr Huang Tsai-chun, Assistant Professor

This Tai Chi-inspired sportswear collection blends the essence of the East with the electrifying spirit of the Games’ four selected disciplines: breaking, skateboarding, surfing and climbing. Each piece is meticulously engineered to capture the spirit of these vibrant sports, analysing the fluidity and strength required to excel in each. It complements an athlete’s form and improves their performance.

[Sustainability in Innovation]

Anti-stain and Antiviral Vegan Leather by Professor Kan Chi-wai, Associate Dean and Professor Chris Lo (Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, PolyU)

The world’s first vegan leather boasts both anti-stain and antiviral properties. It leverages structural color technology to ensure whiteness at 90/100 without use of pigment, dye or bleaching agent, and uses silicone that avoid microplastic issues.

"Building Clothing" Using Textile Waste by Dr Shou Dahua, Limin Endowed Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies and Assistant Professor

“Building Clothing”, developed from textile waste, is a sustainable building envelope for thermal insulation and radiative cooling to revolutionise construction projects and help tackle the challenges of textile waste recycling.

Intelligent Textiles for Interiors, Fashion and Rehabilitation by Professor Jeanne Tan

Utilising computer vision and illuminating optical fibres, the intelligent textiles are developed to recognise hand and body gestures to customise colour illuminations instantly, thereby transforming conventionally passive fabrics into interactive textiles.

Metal-coated Textiles with Unique Visual Effects by Professor Kinor Jiang

These textiles fuse fashion and sustainability through sputtering coating technology. They are the very first to integrate material science, engineering and manufacturing for lustrous new textiles without any discharge or pollution.


At the opening reception, Prof. Christopher Choa, PolyU Vice President (Research and Innovation) remarked, “PolyU is thrilled to bring our research and innovations to Paris, a city that resonates with creativity and innovation, reflecting our own values. ‘Flying High’ is not just an exhibition, it is a testament to our dedication to making a positive impact through our research and knowledge transfer activities. We are excited to share our achievements and to foster international collaborations for a better and sustainable future.”

The “Flying High” exhibition is not only witness to PolyU’s commitment to fostering global innovation and excellence in research, but also provides an exchange platform for researchers, industry experts, fashion editors and others. It coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations and the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games, highlighting the importance of international dialogue and exchange in advancing scientific and cultural understanding.

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