Uğur Genç

Industrial Designer | Design Researcher | PhD Student

Address: Zekeriyaköy, Sarıyer / İstanbul
Mail: hgenc17@ku.edu.tr    Phone: +90 534 760 9039
Portfolio: ugenc.com

Birth date: 07/10/1994      Driving Licence: B     Military Status: Differed

Education

2017 – Ongoing

Koç University

Istanbul / Turkey

Design, Technology & Society

PhD Student

2013-2017

Middle East Technical University

Ankara / Turkey

Industrial Design

Bachelors Degree

Honors Student

2016 Spring

Politecnico di Torino

Turin / Italy

Industrial Design

Erasmus Student Exchange

2008-2012

Yusuf Kalkavan
Anatolian High School

Mersin / Turkey

Science (MF)


Teaching Experience

Design Thinking Course

Exploring the innovation and creative processes through interdisciplinary work and research structures. Understanding design problems independent from their disciplinary boundaries. Gaining an integrative understanding of innovation based on human-centered design.

DT Certification Program For Companies (such as Arçelik) and Individuals
TECH515 – Design Thinking for Disruptive Innovation for Executive MBA
ASIU118 – Design Thinking for Bachelors for Executive MBA


Instructor: Oğuzhan Özcan, Prof. Dr.

MAVA 419

User Experience Project

Exploring the innovation and creative processes through interdisciplinary work and research structures. Understanding design problems independent from their disciplinary boundaries. Gaining an integrative understanding of innovation based on human-centered design.


Instructor: Aykut Coşkun, Assist Prof. Dr.

MAVA 208

Advanced Topics in Basic Design

Foundations of two, three and four dimensional design. Interdisciplinary approach in visualising ideas. Interaction of text and image, color and sound, form and content, harmony and chaos, time and movement. Experiments on artistic research, conceptualizing, collaboration, presentation. Use of traditional and new materials.


Instructor: Aykut Coşkun, Assist Prof. Dr.

MAVA 104

Basic Design

Foundations of visual language. Introduction to the principles and elements of design. Control of line, shape, space, texture, color, composition and sequence to convey a message. Strategic exercises to channel design to an interdisciplinary level. Studio practice, theory, critique, exhibition.


Instructor: Aykut Coşkun, Assist Prof. Dr.


Projects

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UX/UI & FrontEnd

2019-2020

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A project of

Our research process focuses on extracting user expectations from a gesture control system in the kitchen, designing a conceptual prototype meeting these expectations and conducting WoZ experiments for in-depth user evaluations. In total, 234 participants contributed to our research, which is a bigger than the current gesture studies’ sample size.


Experience

2019
October – Ongoing

Bug Idea

İstanbul / Turkey

Co-founder

2016 September

ReoTek

Ankara / Turkey

Design Intern

2016 June-August

DesignGang Network

Turin / Italy

Design Intern

2015 August

Şişecam Trakya

Tarsus / Turkey

Production Intern

2015 June

Güral Porcelain

Kütahya / Turkey

Production Intern


Academic Publications

CHI 2020
Hawaii, USA

Designing for Social Interaction in the Age of Excessive Smartphone Use
In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘20). ACM. ACM, New York, NY, US.


Authors: Hüseyin Uğur Genç and Aykut Coşkun

CHI 2020
Hawaii, USA

Children in 2077: Designing Children’s Technologies in the Age of Transhumanism.
In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘20). ACM. ACM, New York, NY, US.


Authors: Oğuz ‘Oz’ Buruk, Oğuzhan Özcan, Gökçe Elif Baykal, Tilbe Göksun, Selçuk Acar, Güler Akduman, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Ceylan Beşevli, Joe Best, Aykut Coşkun, Hüseyin Uğur Genç, A. Baki Kocaballi, Samuli Laato, Cássia Mota, Konstantinos Papangelis, Marigo Raftopoulos, Richard Ramchurn, Juan Sádaba, Dr Mattia Thibault, Annika Wolff, Mert Yıldız

DIS 2019
San Diego, USA

Stop Wasting, Start Tasting! Design Speculations for Reducing Food Waste in The Hospitality Sector


Authors: Hüseyin Uğur Genç, Mert Yıldız, Hakan Yılmazer, and Aykut Coşkun

NordiCHI 2018
Oslo, Norway

Are we ‘really’ connected?: understanding smartphone use during social interaction in public.


Authors: Hüseyin Uğur Genç, Fatoş Gökşen, and Aykut Coşkun

CHI 2018
Montreal, Canada

GROW: A Smart Bottle that Uses its Surface as an Ambient Display to Motivate Daily Water İntake


Authors: Kaner,G., Genç, H., Dinçer,S., Erdoğan, D., Coşkun, A.


Certificates

C# & .NET Programming

Bahçeşehir University | Wissen Akademie

Languages

Turkish

Native

English

Advance

YÖKDİL: 90

Italian

Intermediate

Erasmus+ OLS: B2

Skills

3D Modelling
3D Rendering
Prototyping
Adobe CC
Arduino

C# & .NET
HTML & CSS
JavaScript
Swift