Optic Lace Project in Collaboration with Professor Robert Shepherd's Group

  • Collaboration project with Dr. Robert Shepherd's Organic Robotics Lab (PI) to develop wearable garments and accessories that use light haptic feedback through stretchable optic waveguides. Our role was to work closely with Dr. Shepherd's team to design and create a shirt, glove, and sock to integrate with their Optic Lace technology. The prototypes from this collaborative research were debuted at the Luminate Accelerator final presentation pitch event in Rochester, NY in June 2019. Apparel Design PhD student Jenny Leigh Du Puis in Professor Park’s group worked closely with Ryan Bayne and Alec Cornwall of Dr. Robert Shepherd's team to design and create the prototype outfits through an iterative design research process.


Application of Artificial Intelligence in Fashion and Wearables

  • RSSI-based Position Sensing using Artificial Neural Networks and Fabric RFID Tag Antennas (Under review, 2019), Eric Beaudette, Huiju Park and Edwin Kan, 2019 International Symposium of Wearable Computing.

Non-Encapsulating NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency 1994) Class 1 Protective Ensemble

  • Huiju Park: Co-PI, Funding: $116,245 from US Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, July 2018 – September 2019

  • Jenny Leigh, Sanjay Guria (PhD students), and Professor Park are evaluating ergonomic performance of encapsulated chemical protective coveralls through human performance tests and 3D motion analysis.

Anthropometric and Biomechanical Study for Improved Size and Fit of Protective Gear for Farmers and Firefighters

  • Huiju Park: PI, Funding: $87,090 from USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture, October 2017 – September 2020

  • Mengyun Shi, Ziyun Zhang (PhD students) and Professor Park are analyzing size and fit issues of fireboots and developing size adjustable turnout ensembles based on 3D body scanning and human subject tests.

New Pesticide Applicators Protective Gear for Improved Thermal Comfort and Mobility

  • Huiju Park: PI, $89,314 funded by USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture, October 2016 – September 2019

  • Sanjay Guria (PhD student) and Professor Park are developing a new design of chemical protective clothing for farmers and greenhouse workers for improved fit, mobility, thermal comfort and non-contaminated doffing.