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Computer vision technology provides practical solutions to many industrial problems. In this presentation, Dr. Xu will exemplify four computer-vision systems his team developed in the past two decades: (1) Fiber Microscopic Imaging System, (2) Fabric Imaging System, (3) Body Scanning System, and (4) Highway Pavement Scanning System, to narrate how to target a research problem, originate a systematic design and develop a marketable product for the industry. Sponsored by various federal, state, and private funds, his team invented four US patents, disclosed 12 software technologies, and published more than 135 SCI journal publications.
Dr. Bugao Xu received his Ph. D. from the University of Maryland at College Park in August 1992, and started his career at the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in January 1993. After 23 years of service at UT Austin, he joined the faculty of the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2016. Currently, he is the professor and chairman of UNT's Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing. His investigative research was focused on digital modeling and characterization of textile materials, 3D body imaging, virtual clothing, apparel fit and customization, and made-to-measurement technology. He is also engaged in cross-disciplinary research, such as obesity assessment and automated pavement inspection. He has authored over 150 refereed journal papers (135 in SCI journals) and more than 70 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. As a PI, he received a total of $5 million grants from NSF, USDA, NIH, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Food and Fiber Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, Cotton Inc., Walmart Foundation, VF and other private businesses. He accomplished many consultative or cooperative work for companies such as P&G, Unilever, J&J, Maytag, and Cotton, Inc.