Lucy Dunne, PhD

Lucy Dunne

356 McNeal Hall
United States

Dr. Dunne's background spans apparel/fashion, computer science, and electrical engineering. Her research focuses on wearable technology and smart clothing, and lies at the intersection of electronic technology and apparel design. Current areas of focus include navigating the comfort/accuracy trade-off in garment-integrated body sensing, novel sensor- and actuator-based interfaces, new media in fashion design, and wardrobe management through ubiquitous computing.


Awards & Recognition

  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal, 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2013
  • International Textiles and Apparel Association Rising Star Award, 2012
  • College of Design Outstanding Research Award, 2011
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2011


Professional Associations

  • Associate Professor and Director, Apparel Design Program
  • Director, Wearable Technology Lab
  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Faculty
  • Affiliate member, UMN ECE Graduate Faculty
  • Affiliate member, Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Faculty
  • Member, Product Design Graduate Faculty


Associate Professor, Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, College of Design

Associate Professor and Director, Apparel Design Program, College of Design

Faculty, Human Factors and Ergonomics, College of Design

Affiliate Faculty, College of Science and Engineering

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)

PhD, University College (Computer Science), 2007

MA, Cornell University (Apparel Design), 2004

BS, Cornell University (Textiles and Apparel), 2002

AAS, Tompkins-Cortland Community College (Electronic Technology), 2004

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Research Summary/Interests

  • Wearable technology
  • Smart clothing
  • Functional apparel
  • Body sensing
  • Human-device interface


  • Gioberto, G., and Dunne, L.E. (2012) Theory and Characterization of a Top-Thread Coverstitched Stretch Sensor. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Seoul, S. Korea
  • Gioberto, G., and Dunne, L.E. (2012) Garment Positioning and Drift in Garment-Integrated Sensing. Proc. of the International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Newcastle, UK.
  • Dunne, L.E., Zhang, V., and Terveen, L. (2012) An Investigation of Contents and Use of the Home Wardrobe. Proceedings of the ACM UbiComp Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • L.E. Dunne, G. Gioberto, H. Koo. (2011) A Method of Measuring Garment Movement for Wearable Sensing. Proc. of the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Wearable Technology. In Welters and Lilethun, Eds. The Fashion Reader, 2nd Edition. New York, Berg.
  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Beyond the Second Skin: An Experimental Approach to Addressing Garment Style and Fit Variables in the Design of Sensing Garments. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 3:3 p109-117.
  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Optical Bend Sensing for Wearable Goniometry: Exploring the Comfort/Accuracy Tradeoff. Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel. 14:4 p73-80.
  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Smart Clothing in Practice: Key Design Barriers to Commercialization. Fashion Practice, 2:1 p41-66.
  • L.E. Dunne, P. Walsh, B. Smyth, and B. Caulfield. (2008) Wearable Monitoring of Seated Spinal Posture. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2:2 p97-105.
  • L.E. Dunne and B. Smyth. (2007) Psychophysical Elements of Wearability. Proc. of Computer Human Interaction, San Jose, CA.



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