xianyi zeng

Director of the GEMTEX Laboratory


Human Centered Design Group

  • Research skill : Decision support systems, artificial intelligence, knowledge modeling and processing, human emotion modelling, textile digitalization, textile supply chain optimization, wearable systems
  • Full Professor and Research Supervisor – Section CNU 61

Research interests

  • Building interactive and connected digital garment design platforms associated with intelligent services (interactive personalized garment design recommendation systems, fashion knowledge modelling, human emotion modelling, sensory analysis, modelling and simulation of complex manufacturing processes)
  • Textile production and supply chain optimization (product traceability systems, relevant supplier selection, modelling and simulation of flexible and reconfigurable production and supply chain)
  • Development of intelligent wearable systems (intelligent garment design, physiological signal processing, prediction of wearer’s health by learning from physiological data, medical decision support systems)


Below are the list of selected ongoing projects that Xianyi ZENG is a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI

Camille 3D Sensoriel (2012 – 2015) (French National Program FUI): « Creation of an intelligent garment fitting room with integration and control of human perception on tried products (comfort, fabric hand and appearence and ambiance) »Partners : IDgroup, Damart, Telmat, ID3com, l’Université de Lille 1, etc.

IOTFetMov (2015 – 2019) (French Natonal Program ANR): « An intelligent and connected garment system for fetal movement detection »
Partners: CHU de Lille, CIC-IT 1403, Hangzhou Dianzi University (China)

SMDTex (2013 – 2021) (European Erasmus Mundus Program): « Joint Doctorate Program in Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles »
Partners: University of Boras (Sweden), Technical University of Iasi (Romania), Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and Soowhow University (China)

FBD_BModel (2017 – 2021) (European Program H2020): «A Knowledge-based business model for small series fashion products by integrating customized innovative services in big data environment (Fashion Big Data Business Model)»
Partners: University of Manchester (UK), University of Boras (Sweden), DITF (Germany) and 8 industrial companies in France, UK, Italy and Belgium

Below are the list of selected ongoing projects that Xianyi ZENG is a member

SUCRé (2014 – 2017) (Regional Program ARCIR) : « Human-robot cooperation in hostile environment »
Partners: University of Valenciennes (coordinator), University of Lille 1, University of Artois, Ecole des Mines de Douai

FILAIRCO (2013 – 2015) (French National Program FUI) : « Development of innovative ultrafine fibers from nonwoven materials and filtration media »

DigitalFashion (2022 – 2025) (European Erasmus+) : « Collaborative online international learning in digital fashion »
Partners: INCDTP (Romania), HoGent (Belgium), University of Maribor (Slovenia), CITEVE (Portugal), TUIasi (Romania)

SYMPHONIES (2022 – 2025) (French National Program PSPC): «Development of digital models for supporting design and simulation of product impacts on venous hemodynamics of lower limbs »
Partners: INSA de Lyon, EMSE and three industrial companies


  • S.THOMASSEY and X.ZENG – Artificial Intelligence for Fashion Industry in Big Data Era, Springer, Singapore, 2018 (ISSN 2366-8776)
  •  X.ZENG, Y.LI, Ludovic KOEHL and D.RUAN – Computational Textile, Springer, Berlin, June 2007
  • D.RUAN and X.ZENG – Intelligent sensory evaluation, Springer, Berlin, February 2004


140 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals
250 papers presented in international scientific conferences
25 plenary presentations in international conferences
List of publications on ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xianyi-Zeng-2


  • Decision support systems
  • Image processing and pattern recognition
  • Database management systems and industrial information systems
  • Data mining and big data
  • Sensory evaluation and textile comfort
  • Design of experiments
  • Production simulation and modelling


  • 2021: Innovation R&D Award received from the French-China Committee
  • 2020: Award for TBIS2020 Plenary Medal Lecture received from TBIS2020, 7-10 July 2020, Webinar
  • 2019: National Knight’s title in the Order of the Academic Palms) received from the French Ministry of National Education/ France
  • 2019: Honorary Doctor Degree received from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iași, Romania
  • 2000: Best paper award of WAC2000 in Hawaii, USA
  • 2008: Annual best paper award at the Journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation
  • Since 1995: PEDR (Award for PhD students and research supervision) received annually from the French Ministry of National Education
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