Dongwhan (Robin) Kim

Dongwhan (Robin) Kim

Ph.D. Candidate
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Seoul National University(SNU)
  • hci+d lab. Lead Researcher, SNU
  • Lecturer, Seoul National University & Yonsei University
  • Organizer, TEDxSeoul & UXCampSeoul
  • Worked as UX Designer, LG Electronics (’09~12)
  • Worked as Information Architect, Wireless Generation (’07~09)
  • Master, Human Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Long Island University

As of a graduate from HCI, UX designer, service design lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate in Communication, I am capable of conducting interdisciplinary research by playing multiple roles such as data scientist, social science researcher, and experience designer. My Ph.D. dissertation is about Robot Journalism, which requires a combined perspectives from both computational and communicational research practices. I am interested in working as an experience designer backed up by analytical thinking from social science and actual data handling techniques with computational thinking.


Robot Journalism: Algorithmic Approach to Automatic News Article Generation
Korean Journal of Journalism and Communication Studies. In Progress.
Proposed ‘robot journalism framework’, a 5-step process for automatically generating news articles from raw data. It is a study on how an algorithm can collect, analyse, and make decisions on what becomes a news. The framework is applied in ‘sports news’ domain where it creates news articles that highlights all baseball events in year 2015.

The Change in Game Space: Visualization on Appropriation and Tour in Space
Journal of Cybercommunication Korea. 2015.
Based on de Certeau’s concepts of “appropriation of place into space” and “active tour”, this study attempted to visualize the movement of World of Warcraft avatars and analyze the change of game space with the actual avatar movement history. Cartogram and line graph visualizations proved what has been the traditional social science research can also be applied to the game world with actual behavioral data of players.

Evaluating Pre-defined Kinetic Typography Effects to Convey Emotions
Journal of Korean Multimedia Society. 2014.
Kinetic typography is one of many ways to express emotions in computer-mediated communication by empowering static texts with dynamic attributes. In this work, we investigated and proved the applicability of kinetic effects in text and revealed key attributes that can be composed in generating emotion in text-based communication.

Crowdsourcing As a Method for Indexing Digital Media
CHI’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM. 2013.
We have explored the possibility of converting the collective resources from the crowd in making useful information back to people. We collected posts from the online forums about soap operas on the air, and extracted instances when the name of characters in the play has been mentioned. These crowdsourced indexes become good search keywords to find the scenes where the characters mentioned in the posts appear.

Understanding E-Reading User Experience (e리딩을 위한 UX 디자인의 이해)
Minumsa(민음사), Seoul. 2013.
Made from the lecture I gave to the stakeholders in publishing business, which later became an e-book for the general audience. The lecture emphasized the importance of design thinking and user-centered design process in order to survive from the overwhelming digital trend.

Social Experience Strategy in the Era of Big Data and SNS (빅데이터와 SNS 시대의 소셜 경험 전략)
Acorn Publishing(에이콘출판사), Seoul. 2012.
Covers various topics and trends related to big data in the era of social media, social network analysis after data mining, rising interest in ethical consuming, and changing views on corporate shared values (CSV). This book is designed to help users to understand the latest and related trend and be prepared for the changes in the upcoming future.

User Experience Design with Storytelling (스토리텔링으로 풀어보는 UX 디자인)
Acorn Publishing(에이콘출판사), Seoul. 2011.
Provides an overview on what is user experience (UX) and introduces real-world case studies on accomplishments in various domains such as product, service, and government policy. Created 5-step design process for building good user experience in any domain, with a hands-on storytelling manner.

Research Interest

  • Computational Journalism (Robot Journalism)
  • Social Computing
  • Information Visualization
  • Service Design