Yonsei University DESIS Lab
(previously this DESIS Lab was hosted by UNIST, updates in progress)
Country: South Korea
Coordinator: Dr. Joon Sang Baek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Operational manager: Sojung Kim (email@example.com)
Address: Samsung Hall #703, Yonsei-ro 50, Seoul, South Korea 03722
Tel: +82 2 2123 3137
Hosting institution: Yonsei University, Yonsei-ro 50, Seoul, South Korea 03722 website: http://www.yonsei.ac.kr
Background and objectives
DESIS Lab at Yonsei is a design research lab located in Yonsei University in South Korea. Led by Dr. Joon Sang Baek. It aims to tackle complex social problems through design research and practice.
Primary research areas and activities
Current research interests: mobility, ageing, behavior change, co-design, community-centered design, design for services
Our current research direction is twofold: 1) systems design approaches to complex social problems and 2) sustainable PSS for businesses. Positing that a human organisation is a sociotechnical system, we have focused on how service design as a technical intervention can facilitate the transformation of the social system towards sustainability, i.e., to enhance the characteristics of the social system associated with sustainability. We have been particularly interested in the characteristics of resilience and collaboration in local communities, and proposed a sociotechnical framework to design for services that promote them. Recently, we have investigated natural ecosystems as a reference to sustainable systems design. As the first step, we are exploring the potential of self-organisation, a process of pattern formation in physical and biological systems through interactions internal to the system (e.g. the creation of structures by social insects), in nature as a reference for collaborative service design, and applying it to the design of services and platforms that promote 1) open innovation and 2) active and collaborative ageing.
List of projects and research (2011-)
2016.5-2019.4: Design for collaborative service based on social biomimicry. Funded by the National Research Foundation. Role: PI
2015.7-2020.6: Building the 3D printing technology infrastructure and business ecosystem for automotive industry. Funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy. Role: Co-PI.
2015.9-2016.8: Nature-inspired PSS Design (GPF). Funded by the National Research Foundation. Role: Advisor
2015: Design against sexual crime. TinkrBel, a wearable device to protect children from sexual violence. Internally funded. Role: PI
2014.10-2015.2: Design-engineering special graduate school. Funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy. Role: Co-PI
2014.9-12: Improving the maintenance experience of air-care products. Funded by Samsung Electronics. Role: PI
2014.3-7: Development of guidelines and new scenarios for natural user interface (NUI). Funded by Samsung Electronics. Role: PI
2014: Evaluating social values of community business in Ulsan. Funded by Ulsan Buk-ku Municipality. Role: PI
2014: Connecting 3D printing with traditional crafts for artisans in Ulsan Culture Street. Internally funded. Role: Co-PI (Developed into a master thesis research titled ‘Combining 3D printing with Traditional Crafts’)
2013: Community business (CB) design workshop. Funded by Ulsan Buk-ku Municipality. Role: PI
2013: Community business (CB) design for sustainable food consumption and production. Funded by Ulsan Buk-ku Municipality. Role: PI
2012: Public service design roadmap R&D for Kyunggi Province. Funded by Kyunggi Province. Role: Co-PI
2012: UX evaluation and design for improving mobile accessibility. Funded by Samsung Mobile. Role: PI
2012.6-2014.5: PSS development for an intelligent LED lighting & energy saving control management system. Funded by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy. Role: PI in the work package of PSS development and consulting
2011.10-2012.3: Developing a smart refrigerator for local food production and consumption. Funded by LG Electronics. Role: Co-PI, PSS & scenario design
Joon Sang Baek (coordinator)
Sojung Kim (operational manager)
Baek, J. S.*, Pahk, Y., Kim, S. , Manzini, E. (2017). A sociotechnical framework for the design of collaborative services. Design Studies Special Issue on Design Processes in Service Innovation.
Kang, R., Ahn, Y., Meijer, M., Muhammad, T., Park, Y., Baek, J. S., Kim, C. (2016). Characterizing Natural User Interface with Wearable Smart Watches. Archive of Design 29(3), 45-61.
Self, J. A.*, Baek, J. S. (2016). Interdisciplinarity in Design Education: Understanding the undergraduate student experience. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-22.
Baek, J. S.*, Meroni, A., Manzini, E. (2015). A socio-technical approach to design for community resilience: A framework for analysis and design goal forming. Design Studies, 40 (September), 60-84.
Kim, J., Baek, J. S. * (2015). Stakeholder-centred approach to PSS development: A case study of servicisation of an intelligent LED system. Archive of Design 28(2), 153-166.
Manzini, E., Zhong, F., & Baek, J. S.* (2010). Design for social innovation and sustainability: Hypothesis on a viable leapfrog strategy in China. Asia Design Journal, 5 (March), 104-135.
Baek, J. S., & Lee, K. P.* (2008). A participatory design approach to information architecture design for children. Codesign, 4(3), 173-191.
Kim, S., & Baek, J. S.* (2016). Nature-Inspired Organizational Design Approach for Social Innovation Platform Development. Poster presented at the ACM GROUP 2016, Florida, USA.
Baek, J. S.*, Pahk, Y., Kim, S. (2016) A sociotechnical framework for the design of collaborative services: diagnosis and goal forming. DRS 2016, Brighton, UK
Pahk, Y., Baek, J. S.*, & Self, J. A. (2016) A Value-Based Approach to Co-Designing Symbiotic Product-Service Systems. ServDes 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Pahk, Y., Baek, J. S., & Self, J. A.* (2015). Knowledge of use and acceptability of typological innovation: A comparative study. Paper presented at the IASDR 2015, Brisbane, Australia.
Pahk, Y., & Baek, J. S.* (2015). Stakeholder-centred approach to sustainable design: A case study of co-designing community enterprises for local food production and consumption. Paper presented at the ICED 2015, Milan, Italy. Kim, S., & Baek, J. S.* (2015). Potential of Nature-inspired Approach for Organisation Design in Product-Service System. Paper presented at the ICED 2015, Milan, Italy. (Reviewers’ favourite)
Baek, J. S. (2015). Socio-technical design for resilience: A case study of analysing and designing for a resilient producers’ network. Paper presented at the ICED 2015, Milan, Italy.
Kim, S., & Baek, J. S.* (2014). Diagnosis of current smart home appliance development process for application of PSS design methodology. Paper presented at the International Design Conference: Design 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Baek, J. S. (2014). A real-world experience of product-service system development for intelligent LED system. Paper presented at the International Design Conference: Design 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Kim, J & .Baek, J. S.* (2014) A PSS model based on ESCO (Energy Saving Companies) to promote LED luminaries in South Korea. Poster presented at the Korea Society of Design Science (KSDS) Conference, Ulsan
Kim, J & .Baek, J. S* (2014) Understanding the accessibility of smart devices to the blind. Poster presented at the KSDS Conference, Incheon
Shin, K & Baek, J. S.* (2013) A stakeholders’ needs analysis for product-service system design of intelligent LED lighting. Paper presented at the KSDS Conference, Seoul
Baek, J. S. (2013). Revisiting ESCO as a sustainable product-service system: Strategic system analysis. Paper presented at the EcoDesign Conference 2013, Jeju Island, South Korea.
Baek, J. S., & Cho, E. J. (2012). Enrichment of Social Relations in Collaborative Service: Social Networks and Sociability. Paper presented at the Cumulus 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
Baek, J. S. (2012). A Socio-Technical Framework for Collaborative Services. Paper presented at the Design Research Society 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.