Most of his works start with observing people and deriving meaningful interactions in the physical environment. The end product could be design, art, research paper, or anything in between. Previously worked in various fields such as industrial design, interactive art, and human-computer interaction(HCI) research with clients such as NAVER LABS, Hyundai Robotics, Nissan, and BMW.
 After studying industrial design and HCI at Seoul National University and University of Arts London, he presented his works in ACM CHI, UIST, DIS, and IEEE/ACM HRI, Core77 design award and Yanko design. Some of his interactive artworks have been exhibited in London, Teheran, and Seoul. Recently he is working as a speculative designer at ZER01NE(Hyundai Motor Group).

김근욱은 관찰을 통해 물성을 가진 새로운 인터랙션을 발굴해내어 일상생활 또는 전시 공간에 풀어놓는 작업을 하는 사람이다.
  지금까지 산업/인터랙션 디자인, 인터랙티브 아트, 인간-컴퓨터-상호작용 연구(HCI) 등 다양한 분야에서 활동해 왔다.  네이버 랩스, 현대로보틱스, 닛산, BMW등의 기업과 DDP, 아트센터 나비등의 전시기관과 관련된 프로젝트를 진행했다. 서울대학교에서 디자인과 HCI를 공부하였고 University of Arts London에서 수학했다.
  그의 작업은 ACM CHI, UIST, DIS, IEEE/ACM HRI등의 학회와 Core77디자인 어워드, Yanko design에서 소개되었으며 런던, 테헤란, 서울에서 인터랙티브 아트 작업으로 전시에 참여하 였다. 현재 현대자동차 그룹 제로원에서 디자이너/작가로 활동 중이다.


   Harvard University
   MDE, Design Engineering
   2022 - (2024)

Seoul National University
BFA, Industrial Design / HCI
2015 - 2021

University of Arts London
BA, Interaction Design Arts
2019 - 2020

Automotive Design intern
Product Design intern


Post-plant: A Series of Non-humanoid Robots with Embedded Physical Non-verbal Interaction: The Development of Non-Verbal Human-Robot Interaction Framework and Input/Output Integrated Motor Interface co-authored with Jaeyeon Park, Taeyun Li
CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (May.2021)

Honk? Talk!: Designing Driver-to-Driver Communication Methods for Social Driving / co-authored with Eun Jee Sung, Hyesun Chung, Jooseung You
DIS '19 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (June.2019)

AVEC: power assist vehicle enriching communication using intuitive interfaceA contextual inquiry of AVEC: power assist wheelchair enhancing communication / co-authored with Jaehoon Kim, Minkyung Kim, Hotae Lee, Jungwook Moon
HRI '19: Proceedings of the 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (March.2019)

Power-Assisted Wheelchair Platform based on Load Cell Interface for the Elderly,co-authored with Jaehoon Kim, Minkyung Kim, Hotae Lee, Jungwook Moon The 14th Korea Robotics Society Annual Conference (Jan.2019)

Registered patents: Korean patent number 1020190140919, 1020200003897, design patent 3020190010604(M001)

ZER01NE DAY(Hyundai Motor Group exhibition)
DDP seoul design fair
London Science Museum Lates
Seoul National Uni. – Teheran Uni. Exchange exhibition
Art Space@SNU
2016 - 2018

Awards and Honors
ZER01NE commissioned artist sponsorship ($42000)
DDP young designer sopnsorship ($2000)
ArtCenter Nabi creative research sponsorship ($7000)
Arts Vision / Excellence Scholarship ($23000)
2015 - 2020
Undergraduate Research Program Funding($6500)
Fung Scholarship (£22500)
Student Design Competition winner at 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
BMW-Seoul National University Research Competition winner ($2700)
Creative Design Fair winner
Super Challenge Hackathon winner
KADA Asia Design Grand Prix winner

Rhino&Grasshopper, Fusion360, Keyshot, Maya, V-ray, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere, and more ...
C, Arduino, Processing, HTML, JavaScript, Python
Model making, Unity, Unreal Engine, Illustrator, Protopie,
Kinect, Leapmotion
Woodworking, Metalworking, Laser Cutting, 3D printing, Solering, Vacuum Forming