Kang-Won Lee

SVP, Software R&D, SK Telecom

Kang-Won  Lee

Speaker Bio

Senior Vice President of R&D at SK Telecom, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE Senior Member, Ph.D.

Dr. Kang-Won Lee is a SVP of R&D for Network and IT Convergence at SK Telecom. He is directing technology development in IT infrastructure including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Storage (SDS). In this role, he is actively collaborating with partners: HPE, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, ON Lab, OpenStack Foundation, OCP Foundation, etc.

Before joining SK Telecom, he worked at IBM Research (NY, USA) for 14 years. He has a record of successfully managing research projects (funding level up to multi-year $100s million dollars) and leading technology development in Network Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Wireless Networking. His team contributed to major IBM products, including IBM Tivoli SAN manager, Informix, and Tivoli Netcool.

Kang-Won published more than 100 technical papers and 30 patents. He gave a keynote at international events such as OpenStack Summit and Open Networking Summit. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS and a BS in Computer Engineering from Seoul National University. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Senior Member.


Senior Vice President of R&D at SK Telecom

April 2014 – Present (2 years 9 months)SKT Tower (Headquarter) in Seoul, Korea

In charge of Research & Development in Open HW and SW development including SDN (software-defined networks) and SDS (software-defined storage). Represents SK telecom at meetings with external parties. Established joint R&D relations and led collaborations with HP, Intel, Ericsson, Verizon, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, and ON Lab.

Research Manager, Mobile Network Analytics at IBM Watson Research Center

January 2008 – April 2014 (6 years 4 months)Yorktown Heights, NY

Managed a team of world-class researchers in the area of network analytics. Focused on mobile network analysis, spatiotemporal analysis, cloud computing, IoT information processing, and wireless networking.

Samples of my group's work can be found at IBM Wireless Networking Research Group page.

Research Staff Member at IBM Watson Research Center

August 2000 – April 2014 (13 years 9 months)Yorktown Heights, NY

Developed technologies to manage storage area networks and enterprise IT systems using policy technologies. Worked on advanced topics in wireless networks including delay-tolerant network, high speed multicast, pub-sub system, and coalition networks. Authored 100+ scholarly articles, 50+ patents, a book on policy-based system management, and contributed to standards and open source community.


100+ technical publications in IEEE, ACM, USENIX conferences and journals

40+ filed patents and 15 issued patents


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., Computer Science, 1996 – 2000

Seoul National University, M.S., Computer Engineering, 1992 – 1994

Seoul National University, B.S., Computer Engineering, 1988 – 1992