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.


An Android app for sharing equipment usage in a small user group


Cabinet is an Android application for managing sharing equipment. It has three key features of NFC-based lending and returning, network-based status management, and push alarm notifications to let users recognize the status. When a user touches a smartphone to NFC tag to lend an equipment, the user can set expected returning date. If returning day comes up, push notification reminds the user. Returning can be easily done by touching NFC tag again. User can see the whole status and detail information of equipment and set favorite items. When the favorite is available after someone’s return, push notification let the user know.

Related Course

Mobile and Pervasive Computing for Knowledge Services, KSE KAIST