Centre for Transformative Garment Production
Advancing Garment Manufacturing for the 21st Century with AI and Robotic
Managing Director, Centre for Transformative Garment Production,
Taikoo Professor of Engineering & Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology, The University of Hong Kong
Advancing Garment Manufacturing in the 21st Century with AI and Robotics
Garment is essential in our everyday lives. Garment makers in Hong Kong have built their reputations in global markets on their ability to produce and deliver orders in short lead times, in order to reach store floors in time to keep up with customer expectations. While demand remains strong globally, garment manufacturers in Hong Kong need to strengthen their competitive edges to cope with challenges ranging from labour shortages to rising operating costs of materials and utilities essential for production. To address these challenges, the garment production industry must undergo major reforms, and accelerate the pace of technological transformation.
The Centre for Transformative Garment Production, with an aim of contributing to technological advancement for garment production, provides an excellent platform for intellectual and cultural exchanges between the industry, universities and society, and facilitates impactful research which will eventually be transformed into pioneering and unique technologies for the industry. The Centre plans to include a range of research programmes that apply proprietary AI and robotics-based solutions to enhance the garment sector’s productivity, quality and workplace safety, leading to a more robust and sustainable business model for the industry. Some of the target research directions include the development of new methods for enhancing sewing capabilities, fabric handling processes and developing new manufacturing methods for collaborative production and finishing processes.
The Centre also aims to take advantage of AI and robotics for applications, e.g. to shorten product development cycles, improve engineering efficiency, prevent faults, and enhance worker safety by automating high-risk tasks. As such, it will not only help reduce the entry barrier of advanced garment production, but will also significantly alter and improve the design, manufacturing and supply chain processes for the garment industry.
 HKTDC Hong Kong Means Business: Clothing Industry in Hong Kong (14 November 2019)
Project team members
Professor Norman C. Tien
Taikoo Professor of Engineering & Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge
Deputy Managing Director,
Chair Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong