Integration and Innovation Design Lab

통합과 혁신디자인 연구실

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통합과 혁신디자인 연구실

The Integration and Innovation Design Lab specializes in designing and developing innovative products by combining design and engineering and researching related methods and processes. Our research has focused on applying and demonstrating these methods and processes in the design of products for the elderly, rehabilitation devices, and health care and safety.
To demonstrate leadership in the product development process, designers must be capable of presenting creative design concepts and implementing them using technology and engineering principles. They must also collaborate with professional engineers to apply new technical principles to the design concepts. To achieve this, our laboratory expands and explores the design process within the broader context of product development, actively incorporating engineering knowledge to foster design-engineering convergence and create innovative design.
Product design and development encompass three essential elements: functionality, usability, and aesthetics. Functionality involves applying mechanical, electrical, and electronic principles to ensure a product performs its primary function effectively. Usability pertains to ergonomic considerations such as size, shape, interaction, and interface. They are determined through a human-centered design approach based on the user's physical and mental characteristics. Aesthetics involves the symbolic and emotional aspects a product conveys, influenced by user types and the environment in which the product is used. Achieving aesthetic and emotional design is an integral part of this process.
We comprehensively explore industrial, engineering, and ergonomic design methods and processes to incorporate these three elements effectively. Based on this foundation, we establish a model where design-led product development directly contributes to society and industry through technology transfer and commercialization while integrating creative design concepts into tangible products.
Notable research and development outcomes from our lab include the "data-based elbow-joint rehabilitation equipment," "brain wave-based smart helmet," and "ICT-based body balance and stretching training equipment." We have successfully transferred and commercialized technologies such as "UCUBE," a creativity education training toy, and "Anybaro," a home stretching training equipment. Currently, we are conducting a design study for a robot product service system catering to the entire life cycle care of the elderly.
Through our achievements, we take pride in being the domestic and international leading laboratory in the design-engineering integrated product design and development methodology field. Our research and experiences equip students in our lab with design creativity and engineering realization skills, enabling them to transition seamlessly between the roles of designers and engineers while leading the entire product development process. This experience empowers our students with design creativity, engineering expertise, and the qualifications necessary to guide the product development process as design engineers.

Major research field

Integrated Design Methodology, Design for Elderly Care, Health Care and Rehabilitation Design, Safety and Ergonomic Design

Desired field of research

Smart sliver care product-service system, Healthcare and rehabilitation product-service, Ergonomic physical device design, Smart factory management system UX/UI

Research Keywords and Topics

Research in progress

1. Elderly care robot-service system development
- Design of intelligent robot-service systems that provide care for elderly users to lead independent and satisfying lives

2. Combat backpack development
- Ergonomic military backpack with weight distribution function

3. Smart upper limb rehabilitation device development
- Data-driven diagnosis and training
- Providing hospital and home training for elderly patients

4. Dysphagia rehabilitation training device
- Development of rehabilitation equipment and programs for patients with swallowing disorders
- Product and UI design motivating user's self-training

5. Design and development of home lower extremity strength training equipment for middle-aged and older adults
- Provide a motivational reinforcement program that incorporates the concept of play
- A squat and ball pulling program

6. UX/UI development of smart factory production efficiency optimization management program

Research Publications

· Applied Science, "Interdisciplinary Co-Design Research Practice in the Rehabilitation of Elderly Individuals with Chronic Low Back Pain from a Senior Care Center in South Korea," Tufail, M., HB Lee, YG Moon, H Kim, KM. Kim, May 2022
· Applied Ergonomics, “Effects of cursor freeze time on the performance of older adult users on mouse-related tasks,” Tufail, M., KM. Kim, June 2017
· Design Studies, “Collaborative Product Design Process of Industrial Design and Engineering Design in Consumer Product Companies,” KM. Kim, KP Lee, 2016
· Design Studies, “Cognitive styles in design problem solving: Insights from network-based cognitive maps,” EJ Kim, KM. Kim, 2015


· 뇌파기반 스마트 안전모, 김관명, 주상진, 이다빈, 김황, 2023.07.07
· 상지재활기구, 김관명, 박재한, 이수진, 한진영, 2023.05.22
· 미로형태의 큐브 블록, 김관명, 양지현, 김명진, 2019.12.27
· 운동 및 재활치료를 위한 보조장치, 김관명, 김명진, 2019.04.29


  • HE. 문화/예술/체육
  • HE04. 제품디자인
  • HE0402. 산업용제품/기기디자인


  • 기타 분야
  • 060000. 국가기술지도(NTRM) 99개 핵심기술 분류에 속하지 않는 기타 연구


  • 녹색기술관련 과제 아님
  • 녹색기술관련 과제 아님
  • 999. 녹색기술 관련과제 아님


  • 기타 분야
  • 기타 분야
  • 070000. 위의 미래유망신기술(6T) 103개 세분류에 속하지 않는 기타 연구