Research


Integration + Innovation Design Lab (IIDL) focuses on the design of innovative products and services through multi-disciplinary approaches among industrial design, ergonomics and engineering design. IIDL seeks to establish integrated and innovative design methodologies, develop human-centered design factors and its concepts, and investigate design engineering and mechanical aspects of a whole product to embody innovative design by actively collaborating with experts in engineering design, human factors engineering, and business and applied fields.

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Research Tracks


Integratd Design Innovation

Owing to the increasing use and expansion of global network infrastructure, a new paradigm in the design domain has emerged that boost traditional designers from 2D and 3D bondries to face complex design problems and become design researchers, social innovators, knowledgeable problem solvers and innovation-focused businessmen through interdisciplinary environment and tenet collaboration among related fields. Integrated Design Innovation seeks holistic approaches to understand social, ecological, environmental, medical and technological problems and create solutions for complex issues faced by society. Using integrated design, IIDL explores various aspects of collaboration among designers, engineers and professionals in product development process. IIDL identifies the role and expertise of experts, especially designers and engineers to develop integrated and effective design methods. Currently, one of our research area focuses on understanding product design process where industrial designers and engineering designers contribute as product designers. Moreover, such research areas aim to develop an effective and innovative interaction model for industrial and engineering designers.

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Pervasive Design

With the development of agent-based systems and pervasive technologies, the intelligence of living and working spaces have changed and influenced, for instance recycling behavior, preserving and sustainable behavior, and energy saving behavior. These systems provide technology-mediated interaction and other ICT services to mobile users with their inhabitants with sheer and apparent experience. The pervasive design research track explores theories and methods for efficient management of user-oriented information through pervasive and ubiquitous environments in order to enhance communication with the real-world. Through this track, IIDL seeks to provide guidelines and tools to understand everyday design work, human behavior representations, ways of thinking and concept generation, and sketches various aspects of human interacting with technology and its usage representation, sensory experience and processing for Users, Information and the Thing, and determines various contexts of interaction, for example Place and location, virtual spaces and stories that embody as design tools. This track also deals with persuasive design that aims to change users behavior and attitudes through persuasion and social influence.

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Engineering Design

We believe that design cannot be an imagination that is just limited to sketches. It should be expressed in some material form and exposed its palpability and structure using proper analysis and synthesis. Through research and engineering approaches, we design products and services with particular emphasis on creativity and practicality. Currently, energy consumption is rapidly increasing in South Korea and the domestic energy dependency is 98 percent. An annual upsurge in electricity demand is 5.9% and an average yearly growth rate of energy consumption is increased by 2.5 percent. Authorities have endorsed several energy saving campaigns such as indoor AC use set to 18c and 26c, and green campaign, but they all are failing, because of slow energy saving output and hurdles to convince users for an effective self-learning behavioral changes. In the coming renewable energy era, new energy paradigms will affect human life. It is expected that people will be no more users or consumers; they will be involved in producing, preserving, distributing and consuming energy. This can be much more complex and extended roles than that of current users. The current theme explores theories and methods for innovative and sustainable ways to design and engineer new energy paradigm for leading energy-related products and product-services systems.

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Transformable Design

Research on transformation has led the design community to define transformable design as a design field dealing with the development of products that show a state of change in their physical configurations and facilitate new functionalities or enhance the existing functionalities. Transformable products have multifunction capabilities that allow users to eliminate trade-offs between incompatible requirements to facilitate mobility functions. The transformable design track demonstrates the practice of transformation and integration methods in consumer products and a new level of adaptive performance in various goods and services by applying the principle and theories of transformable design. Designing transformable products is more complicated than static products and a very few design theorists have paid attention to systematic design methodologies for transformable structures. To expand the scope of design and advances in identifying opportunities for transformable products, IIDL seeks to overcome difficulties in the product design process when it comes to transformable design.

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