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.


Interactive mop showing cleaning status and providing a treasure-hunt game for more effective and enjoyable experience.


1st People's Choice Award, Student Innovation Contest, UIST 2014, October 5–8, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Seijin Cha and Hanjong Kim from the Department of Industrial Design, with joint efforts with a student from the Department of Computer Science, won prizes from Student Innovation Contest, an event at the UIST 2014 conference. UIST is the top conference in the HCI fields. Teams from many top universities competed in the contest under the theme of innovative household interfaces using a kit to construct Internet of Things. Team ‘Daydream’ created an interactive mop that provides more effective and enjoyable experience and won the 1st place in People’s choice.