The First SUNY Korea Human-Computer Interaction Talent Workshop


SUNY Korea, NY, February, 2014

Over 3 months, in the Fall semester 2013, 21 SUNY Korea freshman students passionately prototyped 10 new web and smart phone app technologies that sought to bring people joy rather than frustration. This workshop showcased the fruits of their diligent work. The design projects were done as part of the SUNY Korea Human Computer Interaction (HCI) course (taught by SUNY Korea Computer Science Professor and Department Chair Klaus Mueller who comes to us from Stony Brook University, NY). In 15 minute presentations, each student or student team presented their entire HCI design pipeline – need finding, story boarding, prototyping, skeletal implementation, user testing. The event was kicked off by a wonderful keynote of well-known HCI expert – Prof. Jinwook Seo from Seoul National University.

The projects included apps for smart shopping, informed dining, smart laundry scheduling, health management, digital piggy bank, mindmap, travel manager, and a music interface. A jury of 5 SUNY Korea graduate students and professors had a hard time to decide which team would win the first “Hottest New SUNY Korea HCI Talent” Award – an almost 1-to-1 replica of the famous Academy Award also known as OSCAR.

After long deliberations, the “Hottest New SUNY Korea HCI Talent 2013” award winners were Youngjin Im and Nursultan Kamchybekov for their digital piggy bank app. Runner-ups were Minsoo Park and Sungkyum Park for their smart shopping app, and third place went to Phit Ahn for her smart laundry app.