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.


Music Polaroid for Printing Real-Time Acoustic Guitar Performance


We present a real-time musical score printing system called Xtempo. This system supports the recording of more meaningful musical experiences with the contextual information. It interprets the music performance and instantly prints the musical score like a Polaroid camera. This allows recording of musical composition or improvised play. We applied this system to an acoustic guitar which can be augmented by experience recording. The tablature (for guitar) is also printed with information of a performer’s stroke action. This system shows new potential in logging meaningful, emotional and personalized musical experience.

Video Showcase

CHI 2014, April 27 - May 2, 2013, Paris, France


Experience logging; instant musical scores printer; music Polaroid; situated discretion; musical score of acoustic guitar