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A German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, reasoned that "the essence of technology is by no means
anything technological." Heidegger's reasoning is a saying that people like me - working in the
interdisciplinary field - should bear in mind. My educational background and professional experiences
in Computational Design field have provided me with ideas and directions for developing a robust
interdisciplinary research and teaching strategies. The Computational Design research aims to explore ways
of juxtaposing computational approaches and applications with professional practice and theory in design.
Therefore the researchers are investigating to make the design environment more intelligent and easy to
use through applying computational approaches such as artificial intelligence (AI) and human-computer
interaction (HCI) on the basis of three related foundation fields: cognitive science, mathematics and design theory.
Welcome to KAIST Information-Based Design Research Group!
Research focus of our Descartes Lab (Information-Based Design Research Group) at GSCT, KAIST narrowed
down to three interdisciplinary areas that are not mutually exclusive: (1) calculation for UX + service design,
(2) cultural DNA with morphological analysis, and (3) computational creativity. While maintaining computational
design field as the primary research focus, our research group explores abstract concepts like the user experience
(UX), cultural components, and creativity, and challenging problems derived from ideated thoughts using computers.
These explorations result in computer-based frameworks or systems contributing to the enhancement of the
calculability using algorithmic and/or heuristic computational methods. In other words, my research focus is on
‘computational culture’ as an extension of computational design. The three interdisciplinary areas are summarized
- - Calculation for UX + Service Design
- - Cultural DNA with Morphological Analysis
- - Computational Creativity