Seonghee Lee

Information Science 
(Data Science +
Interactive Tech)
@ Cornell University

About me



Seunghee Lee

My research aims to design interaction with autonomous systems.
I am interested in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, telepresence and the development of novel sustainable technology

Currently, my work focuses on designing Telepresence robots with Abstract Movements with Professor Francois Guimbretiere at Cornell. Additionally, I am working on creating a interactive fridge with features to help reduce foodwaste. 
Recently I worked on project IEUM, a multipurpose robot envisioned in future transportation technology. I am an undergrad studying Information Science (B.S.) with a concentration in Data Science and Interactive Technology at Cornell University.

Design Sketches︎︎

autonomous vehicles, telepresence, and sustainable technology

About me

2021.08.25 ~ 2022. 02

CONNECTfridge: Interactive Fridge for reducing Food Waste

CHI 2022 Student Design Competition 

Seonghee Lee ,  Daniela Rodriguez Chavez 

Ann S. and Robert R. Morley Research Grant ($1000)

The Final Paper is available here

Food gives us energy and nourishment. However, the tremendous amounts of food waste we produce show how little consideration we put into thanking the environment for our food. As a way of showing gratitude to nature, we have designed an interactive fridge that helps people make conscious choices on reducing food waste. We use the eight-step persuasive design process to create an interactive fridge that reminds users of the connections of food waste to nature. Through this design we hope to contribute in showing gratitude to nature by reducing food waste.

Using 2011 metrics, the total monetary waste from consumers comes out to be around $124 billion, or a wasted $400 a year per person [1]. However it is not just an economic issue, there are wider implications; In the United States, avoidable food waste accounts for about 2% of the national emissions [1]. Interestingly enough, previous literature has found that shopping routines and financial concerns are main variables in determining food waste on the side of the consumer [2] [3]}. Because this problem has been analyzed in a variety of ways, we wanted to provide a unique perspective using gratitude as a lens. Because shopping routines and monetary spending that cause more food waste both stem from not knowing what is in your fridge, we focused our efforts on building a fridge interface that improved these habits in a minimally invasive way.

Using the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab’s 8-step persuasive Design Process, we designed a prototype of an Interactive Fridge. 

Final Version

Final Home Screen

Adding Items

Adding Items Incorrectly

Adding Items Incorrectly

Checking Expiry Dates

Final Drop Downs

Design Iterations 

Draft 1 

Draft 2 

Draft 3 

The study of this paper will continue with further user research and a creation of a prototype.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! 

︎Seunghee Lee