Friday, July 8th 2022

Local Chapter
Summer Event

at the University of Seoul (서울시립대학교)

Join us for a keynote talk, a moderated panel and a networking event

Thanks to our generous sponsors,
he registration for this event is free, but limited to 100 participants.

The goal of this event is to bring the Korea HCI community together
for an afternoon of networking and shared learning.


Keynote talk by Sungjae Hwang


Six recently appointed HCI professors
share their stories of how they got their jobs!


Join us for a refreshing evening with food, drinks and an offline networking event

Detailed schedule

13:30 - 14:00 Registration (Natural Science Building - 1st floor)

14:00 - 14:15 Welcome remarks by the SIGCHI Korea Local Chairs

14:15 - 15:15 Keynote talk by Sungjae Hwang, CEO at XYZ inc.

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 16:00 NAVER AI Lab - Introduction, research trends and opportunities

16:00 - 17:00 Panel discussion with six young HCI professors from all around Korea

17:00 - 17:10 Closing up

17:10 - evening Networking event with food and drinks

Streaming Live on YouTube


Keynote: "Robots into our daily life :
focus on a human-robot interaction"

Sungjae Hwang

Ph.D. and CEO at XYZ inc.

In this presentation, we will talk about robots that are rapidly becoming popular in our daily life. First, I will introduce several types of food-tech robots from our company, XYZ inc. Second, I will look into the new Human Robot Interaction grammars and languages from the HCI perspective. Finally, I will share some robot scenarios that will come into our daily life in the near future (what we're developing!).

Speaker bio: Sungjae Hwang is an inventor, entrepreneur and investor. He now is a founder and CEO of service robot startup, XYZ inc. Prior to this, he was a co-founder of FuturePlay, one of Korea's top tier accelerators. He co-founded lots of tech startups . Among them, an AI chatbot startup, Fluenty inc. was acquired by Samsung Electronics. He got his Ph.D. from Graduate School of Culture Technology in KAIST and has published 30+ papers and 300+ patents that introduce novel input techniques for future smart devices. Among them, several inventions have been transacted to the world’s leading companies such as Samsung Electronics and NPEs, and some have been used as seed ideas for start-ups.

현재 서비스 로봇 스타트업 ㈜라운지랩의 대표를 맡고 있는 황성재는 로봇 바리스타 협업카페인 <라운지엑스>, 로봇 자동화 아이스크림 리테일인 <브라운바나>등 다양한 리테일 브랜드를 통해 로봇을 일상으로 적용하고 있다. 라운지랩 설립 이전에는 퓨처플레이의 설립 파트너(Founding Partner)로 기술기반 스타트업(Startup)을 발굴하여 투자, 보육하는 역할을 하였다. 인공지능 챗봇 회사인 ㈜플런티, 온라인 육류 유통 플랫폼인 (주)육그램 등을 공동 설립 하였으며 이 중 ㈜플런티는 국내 스타트업으로는 최초로 삼성전자에 인수되었다. 카이스트 석박 시절에는 사용자 경험(UX)과 관련된 30여 편의 국내외 논문과 300 여건의 특허를 발표 하였으며 이 중 30 여건의 특허를 국내외 기업에 성공적으로 매각(IP EXIT) 한 경험을 가지고 있다. 학창시절동안 카이스트 설립이래 가장 다양한 기술을 이전한 장본인이기도 한 그는 사용자에게 행복을 주는 인간적이며 따뜻한 공간을 꿈꾸며 끊임없는 시도를 하고 있다.

Time: 14:15 - 15:15

Panel: "I just became an HCI professor in Korea..."

Kookmin University

Chung-Ang University

Kangwon National University

Six young recently appointed HCI professors from various disciplines (CS, design, AI...) will share their stories and experience of how they got into academia and eventually landed a professor job in Korea.

The panel will be moderated by professor Tak Yeon Lee from KAIST. During the panel the audience will be allowed to ask questions and get to know tips for a successful future academic career. Don't miss the opportunity to ask questions to this amazing crowd!!

Time: 15:45 - 17:00
English and Korean

Networking event @ Birch Hall (서울시립대학교 자작마루)

Join us for food & drinks for the networking event after the technical program in the beautiful Birch Hall. You will have a chance to meet the speakers and informally chat with the members of the SIGCHI Korea community!

Food & soft-drinks will be provided free of charge (ONLY for participants who registered).

Time: 17:00 onward

The Venue

University of Seoul, Seoul, Korea

Natural Science Building (1층 대회의실)

The event will take place in 1층 대회의실 of the Natural Science Building (자연과학관) at the University of Seoul (서울시립대학교).


By Subway & Walk
The Hoegi (회기) station, Dark Blue Line #1, is the nearest subway station to the University of Seoul.
Use Exit #2. From the Hoegi station, walk about 15-20 mins to the Natural Science Building (1층 대회의실).

By Subway & Bus (Highly recommended)
Cheongnyangni (청량리, 서울시립대입구) station. Use Exit #4 or #5.
-> 롯데백화점 앞에서 노선버스 2230, 2311, 3216, 121, 420, 3220, 720번 탑승
서울시립대학교앞 정류장 하차
-> 길을 건너 정문 진입 후,
자연과학관 (1층 대회의실).

Let us know if you'll be attending!

This registration for this even is free but limited to 100 participants.


Andrea Bianchi (KAIST) -Technical program

Hyunggu Jung (University of Seoul) -Local chair & Finance

Minki Chun (University of Seoul), Kongpyung Moon (KAIST) and Hyeonhak Jeong (University of Seoul) - Student volunteers co-chairs