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.


A Pet-like Interactive Lamp Using Hand Gesture Recognition


As ubiquitous computing technology has been developed, daily life products such as lamps have also become smart. In this project, a lamp applying pet-morphism and hand gesture recognition technique, named as LAMPET, was presented. Hand is one of emotional communication medium with others (e.g., touching, stroking, and various gestural commands). The proposed lamp was inspired from this metaphor of communicating with an artifact through hand gestures. LeapMotion-based hand sensing was applied and LED matrix display and servo motors represent the different state of lamps based on relevant hand information. Sensing sound information was also applied for purpose of entertainment.

Related Course

Mobile and Pervasive Computing for Knowledge Services, KSE KAIST