HYOWON LEE  B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.

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Dr Hyowon Lee
Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Ireland


Senior Research Fellow at DCU (2020 - )
Interaction/Visualisation Designer-Researcher
Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University
(see some examples of my design)

Assistant Professor at SUTD (2011 - 2019)
Pillar of Information Systems Technology and Design
Singapore University of Technology and Design

Visiting Scholar at MIT (2012 - 2013)
User Interface Design Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interaction Designer and Researcher (2001 - 2011)
Human-Computer Interaction for Novel Applications incorporating Multimedia and other Media Technologies


Ph.D. in Computer Science at Dublin City University, Ireland

M.Sc. in Information & Library Studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, U.K.

B.Eng. in Computer Science at Soong Sil University, Seoul, Korea


136 Peer-reviewed publications

Total citations: 1,712

h-index: 24 (according to the Google Scholar Citations)


I have 4 patents (2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011) that embody some of my interaction design efforts applied to Multimedia and Interactive TV . See the list of patents from European Patent Office.

app design    

I designed over 60 interactive applications that demonstrate novel interactivity and usage scenarios. Almost half of my research output is in the form of design artefacts/prototypes/applicaitons. That is, a large portion of my efforts is spent in the act of designing applications that pertain specific knowledge in themselves, typically accompanied by design rationale (typically shared by academic papers or seminar presentations). See a selection of the designs.

activities     EDITORIAL BOARD

International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (2008 - )


Programme Committee Co-chair, MMM 2014
20th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling, Dublin, Ireland, 8-10 January, 2014.

Proceedings Chair, ECIR 2011
33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, Dublin, Ireland, 18-21 April, 2011.

General Co-chair, iHCI 2010
4th Irish Human Comupter Interaction Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2-3 September, 2010.

Submission Chair, MMM 2009
15th International Multimedia Modeling Conference, Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France, 7-9 January, 2009.

Publicity Chair, ESSIR 2005
European Summer School in Information Retrieval, held in Dublin City University, Ireland, 5-9 September, 2005.

Publicity, CIVR 2004
International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval, held in Dublin City University, Ireland, 21-23 July, 2004.

Local Organisation, DELOS-NSF Workshop 2001
DELOS-NSF Workshop on Personalisation and Recommender Systems in Digital Libraries, Dublin City University, Ireland, 18-20 June, 2001.


OzCHI (2013 - 2018), BCS HCI (2018, 2014, 2013), ACM Multimedia (2018, 2017, 2015, 2013), ACM MMM (Multimedia Modeling) (2019, 2018, 2017, 2014), ICME (2018, 2017, 2016), SIGMAP 2018, TPDL (2016 - 2018), CEA (2015 - 2018), TEI 2016, ICMR (2017, 2014), ACM SIGIR 2013, ECIR (2012 - 2014), ICMR (2014 - 2017), IVIC 2013, ACM CHI 2012, Information Visualization journal (2012), Multimedia Tools and Applications journal (2010, 2007), International Journal on Mobile HCI (2012, 2011, 2010), The Computer Journal (2011), IEEE DSMSA 2010 and 2009, ACM ITS 2010, Irish HCI 2010 and 2009, Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval and Services (2009), ECIR 2010, ACM IUI 2010, Information Processing and Management journal (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005), Machine Vision and Applications journal (2008), ACM MMM 2009, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2008), ACM CHI 2008, ACM Multimedia 2007, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (2007), ACM SAC 2007, Handbook of Research on User Interface Design and Evaluation for Mobile Technology (2006), ICME 2006, ACM Multimedia 2005, ACM SIGIR 2005 and 2003, ACM UIST 2002.

work experience    

Visiting Scholar at MIT (2012 - 2013)
User Interface Design Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor (2011 - 2019)
Singapore University of Technology and Design

Instructor/co-instructor for active-learning courses (math, Introduction to Design, User-Interface Design, Python programming, and 8-month final-year team projects)

Interaction Design for Novel Multimedia Applications   (1998- )
Interaction design (starting with conceptual design all the way to detailed widget-level design) and subsequent usability studies for novel demonstrators and deployed systems since 1999. See some examples of my designs. My experience in interaction design include:

  • Web-based multimedia applications
    • Communal Online VCR with recording and keyframe-based content browsing features (1999-2005)
    • Daily news story archive for searching, browsing, playing, recommendation of news videos (2002-7)
    • Video searching/browsing system based on simple semantic features (indoor/outdoor, speech, monologue, music, landscape/cityscape, text overlay) and ASR text (2001- )
    • Video searching/browsing system using relevance feedback based on keyframes and semantic features (2001- )
    • A series of object-based searching/browsing systems that allow the user to interact with automatically detected objects within video content (2003-6)
    • Photo-visualisation for LifeLogging data - leveraging automatic determination of novelty and events captured by SenseCam wearable camera (2004- )
    • Museum artefact browsing interfaces that uses novel object-matching technique (2006- )
    • Video blogging interface design - Web interface design for blogging/photoware systems that incorporate automatic and semi-automatic indexing techniques (2007)
    • Visualisation of Sentiment Analysis in financial sector (2009)
    • Search application for Dublin Port security with Number Plate Recognition technique (2009- )
  • Mobile multimedia applications
    • Smartphone/tablet UIs (2005- )
    • PDA interface for news video access, reducing intensive user-interaction by automatic recommendation of news stories (2000-4)
    • Mobile access to personal photo management (2004-7)
    • Multi-touch camcorder UI for recording and annotation (2009- )
    • Novel mobile UI for theme park information communication (2009- )
  • Tabletop interfaces - identifying various issues (workspace awareness, division of work among multiple users and coordination), design space construction followed by the design of novel TableTop interfaces that supports these issues (2005-7)
  • Interactive TV interface design for multimedia
    • Incorporating various content-based multimedia techniques to interactive TV (2008- )
    • Design solutions for balancing between technology complexity and interface simplicity (2008- )
  • Multitouch Wall
    • Large public display with multi-touch capability (2009 - )

Research Fellow   Dublin City University, Ireland    (July 2001 - November 2011)
As a member of the Centre for Digital Video Processing and CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, Dublin City University

Part-time Lecturer   Dublin City University, Ireland    (July 2001 - November 2011)
Module co-ordinator & lecturer: Web Design (CA553) for Masters in e-Commerce. See student feedback result after autumn lecture 2001

Part-Time Lecturer: GUI Programming and HCI (CA567) for M.Sc. in Computer Applications for Education. 2001/2002.

Assistant Information Officer   Information Centre, Brown & Root Energy Services, Aberdeen, U.K.   (April - May 1996)


Research Fellowship 2008-2010, by Dublin City University, Ireland.
The University recently awarded me with the 2-year fellowship this year recognising my research potential and to support the expansion of expertise in the field of HCI for new technology.

Albert College Fellowship 2002, by Dublin City University, Ireland.
The University awarded me with the Jonior Fellowship early in my post-doc period, to help me start my research career for coming 2 years.

Postgraduate Scholarship 1998-2001, Enterprise Ireland (via School of Computing, Dublin City University) Ireland.
I have been the recipient of the research student full scholarship during my PhD course.

Postgraduate Prize runner-up 1997, by Library & Information Research Group (LIRG), U.K.
My M.Sc dissertation (at School of Information & Media, Robert Gordon University, U.K.) was one of the runners-up at LIRG Postgraduate Prize 97, and was highly commended by the Group (see IIS newsletter Inform no.199, November 1997).

College Four-year Full Scholarship 1990-1995, Soong Sil University, Seoul, Korea.
I was the (only one) recipient of 4-year full scholarship during the undergraduate course, an award for receiving highest exam results on the entrance of the university among all applicants. I was invited to Blue House by the President of Korea for this achievement (see the old photograph).

invited talks /    

Seminar at: Camera Culture Group, MIT (21 February 2013)

Invited talk at the Workshop: Interactive Information Access - Untangling Tasks and Technologies (workshop homepage), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (7 December 2010)
"Issues in Designing Novel Applications for Multimedia Technologies"

Invited keynote presentation at: SEMPS - 1st International Workshop on Semantic-enhanced Multimedia Presentation Systems, Athens, Greece (6 December 2006)
"Enhancing the presentation of multimedia using extracted semantics"

Invited speech at: Experts' Workshop: Perspectives on Networked Knowledge Spaces, MARS - Exploratory Lab, Fraunhofer Institute Media Communications, Sankt Augustin, Germany (October 2002)
"Físchlár Digital Video Library: an online video analysis, browsing, searching and playback system"


University of Oldenburg, Germany (2010) - CSIRO ICT Centre Sydney (2010) - Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA), Sydney (2010) - Design Group at Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K. (2010) - Edinburgh Napier University (2010) - Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2010) - School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2010) - Image Computing Group at the City University of Hong Kong (2010) - CWI, Amsterdam (2009) - Ubiquitous Interaction Group, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland (2009) - Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (2009) - Interaction Design Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009) - StreamSage, Washington D.C. (2009) - Centre for HCI Design, City University London, U.K. (2009) - Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K. (2009) - Interactive Technologies Research Group, University of Brighton, U.K. (2008) - GIST Glasgow Interactive Systems Group and Information Retrieval Research Group, University of Glasgow, U.K. (2008) - Centre for Interaction Design, Napier University, U.K. (2007) - Minds, Computing Society at National University of Ireland Maynooth (2005) - The Open Video Project, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC (2002) - Information Retrieval Research Group, University of Glasgow, U.K. (2001) - Information Retrieval Research Group, University of Glasgow, U.K. (2000)

Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University

Design by Hyowon Lee 2020