Fashion Technology Symposium


March 2-3, 2018


Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
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Katy Börner

Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; Director, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center; Curator of Mapping Science exhibit, Indiana University

Kylie Peppler

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Director of the Creativity Labs, School of Education, Indiana University; Lead of the MacArthur Foundation’s Make-to-Learn initiative.

Kate Rowold

Professor of Fashion Design; Associate Dean, School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University


Key goals of the workshop include:

  • Presenting advances in technology with applications in fashion, e.g. robotics, IoT, smart and soft materials science, artificial intelligence, mind-reading devices, and visual analytics.
  • Discussing promising fashion technology applications in health, sport, education, defense, entertainment, and other areas.
  • Discussing relevant challenges regarding cybersecurity, privacy, and ethics.
  • Advancing educational and training opportunities that combine fashion and technology, e.g., the design of IoT kits.
  • Identifying synergies between academic, corporate, and governmental efforts and exploring possible sources of joint funding.

The symposium format will combine brief presentations, brainstorming sessions, tours of relevant resources at Indiana University, and hands-on sessions. Participants are invited to present their work during a live Cyberart and Fashion Technology Event. Other events include opportunities to engage attendees in hands-on sessions about the technologies central to the work.


Day 1 – Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00pm Welcome by Organizers (Katy Börner, Kylie Peppler, and Kate Rowold)
12:30pm General Introduction by Participants
2:00pm Social Networking Break
2:30pm Opening Keynotes
3:30pm Brainstorm Fashion Technology Opportunities and Challenges
5:00pm Report Back
5:30pm -
Cyberart & Fashion Technology Event in Luddy Hall
Day 2 – Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:30am Breakfast
9:00am Parallel Tours of Research, Design and Maker Spaces at Indiana University
10:30am Parallel Brainstorming Sessions
Report back
12:00pm Joint Lunch
1:00pm MAKE! Event Featuring IoT Kits for Wearables, Smart Environments,
and Robotics
2:30pm Social Networking Break
3:00pm Second Best Ideas
4:00pm Closing Keynote
5:00pm Adjourn