Exploring the blend of the physical and the digital, humans and machines, Sang-won researches alternate notions of the reality and the human body. His ultimate goal is to eliminate the chasm between the immutable nature of Newtonian universe and the malleability of the digital computing, through which he pushes the envelope of user interfaces and augmented reality. He currently focuses on the integration of the human body with computational ones, redefining what we are beyond our given genetic information.

His creations include THAW – a magic lens UI that combines smartphones and computer screens, Remnance of Form – an art installation that turns a shadow into living, transmutable forms, A Flying Pantograph – a flying robot as an extension of an artist’s hand, and a wearable robotic device – that gives us extra limbs. His works have been presented in prestigious academic conferences (CHI, UIST, TEI, UbiComp) and major media (BBC, WIRED, Fast Company, Engadget, Huffington Post).

Before joining MIT Media Lab, he was a software engineer at Samsung Electronics where he led the software development of eyeCan, an open-source DIY eye-mouse designed for people with motor disability. This project became the foundation of Samsung’s C-LAB. The eyeCan project was covered by major newspapers in Korea, also he was invited to give talks in TEDx events, Seoul Digital Forum, and Tech Plus Forum. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science from KAIST, focusing on 3D Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

He is now a PhD student at Fluid Interfaces Group of MIT Media Lab, working with Pattie Maes.

Designing evolution through machine-integration

THAW crosses borders of displays

Remnance of Form alters the perception of physical reality

Body Integrated Programmable Joints Interface featured in MIT's Latest Project? Giving You An Extra Robot Hand, May 17 2016
New project: Body Integrated Programmable Joints Interface, May 12 2016
A Flying Pantograph exhibited at TEI 2016 Art Exhibition, Feb 14-17 2015
"Body Integrated Programmable Joints Interface" accepted to and awarded Best Paper Honorable Mention in CHI 2016
L'evolved featured in BBC, Back to the Future: What will technology really look like?, Oct 21 2015
Cord UIs is the winner of 2015 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards students category, Sep 14 2015
THAW nominated as a finalist of 2015 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, Sep 14 2015
L'evolved presented at Ubicomp 2015, Sep 10 2015

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