Han-Jong Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Design
Korea Polytechnic University
hanjongkim (at) kpu.ac.kr
I am an assistant professor at Korea Polytechnic University, Republic of Korea. I received BSc, MSc, and PhD in industrial design from KAIST.

My research interest is developing new design prototyping tools to support prospective designers. The approach of development lies in integrating scientific knowledge and practical design skills to achieve usable systems. The main objective of my research is to build well-finished prototyping systems to deploy to the public, and derive robust observations and implications from actual usage in the wild. To conduct my previous studies, I was trained as designer-researcher having convergent thinking and skills for visual design, interaction design, system development, and evaluative study.

I have developed several prototyping tools for design scenario (MiniStudio, SketchStudio) and mechanism design (M.Sketch) for my PhD period. Now I am extending my viewpoint to find valuable prototyping system in design practice and education.

Research Awards

Commendation from Korean Minister of Education

BK21 Plus Excellent Researcher Award (2019)

Best Paper Award

Human Computer Interaction Korea (HCIK ’16)
Mo-Bi: Contextual Mobile Interfaces through Bimanual Posture Sensing with Wrist-Worn Devices

1st People’s Choice Award

Student Innovation Contest in ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’14)
DreaMop: To Make Your Housework More Effective and Enjoyable

Grand Prix

KAIST Undergraduate Research Participation Program Award (2013)
Xtempo: Music Polaroid for Printing Real-time Acoustic Guitar Performance

Design Award

Red Dot Design Award: Design Concept 2010

Lock-On: Bicycle Helmet with Lock

Other Award

Distinguished Service Award

EDISON (EDucation-research Integration through Simulation On the Net) Project, KISTI (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information) (2016)
Service on EDISON Community


A KAIST Student Team Wins the ACM UIST 2014 Student Innovation Contest

Covered in KAIST news and Korean newspapers (DongAh News, Digital Times, Newsis, Money Today, etc.) – LINK