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.


Instant Music Transcribing System for Acoustic Guitarists


Although recent interactive technologies have been introduced to support musical experiences, they cannot capture the rich musical experience and subtle interactions of analog, acoustic instruments. We attempted to apply behavior logging and instant representation to acoustic guitar performance. We present a real-time music transcribing system called Muzlog. This system enhances users’ experiences with instant logging of music-playing activities. It writes musical scores with tablature that contains fingerings and strokes as behavioral information. Muzlog shows new potential in logging meaningful musical activity through capturing behaviors of users during the performance.


CHI 2014, April 26–May 1, 2014, Toronto, Canada


Music transcribing system; traditional musical instrument; acoustic guitar; musical score; behavior logging