James Won-Ki HONG

Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering Director, Center for Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Research Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea


James Won-Ki Hong is Director of Innovation Center for Education, Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering (, Director of Center for Crypto Blockchain Research (, and Director of Distributed Processing and Network Management Lab ( at POSTECH, Pohang, Korea. James worked as CTO and Senior Executive Vice President for KT from March 2012 to Feb. 2014, where he was responsible for leading the R&D effort of KT and its 50 subsidiary companies, and where he initiated R&D on SDN (Software-Defined Networking). He was Chairman of National Intelligence Communication Enterprise Association, and Chairman of Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) Standardization Board in Korea. He was a co-founder and Executive Director of SDN/NFV Forum from Oct. 2014 to May 2019 in Korea ( He is a co-founder and chief technical advisor of Kedutech, a Korean startup developing and providing video conferencing service called Vmeeting ( He was co-founder and CTO of Netstech, a Palo Alto, USA-based startup developing network integrated ultra-dense, blade servers from 2000 to 2002. His research interests include blockchain & cryptocurrency, network intelligence, SDN and NFV, and online education. Over the past 30 years, James has been an active volunteer in various committees in IEEE, ComSoc, and KICS. He has served as Steering Committee Chair of IEEE ICBC, NOMS, IM, NetSoft, APNOMS and CNSM as well as Chair of CNOM and KNOM. He has also been serving as Editor-in-Chief of Wiley’s International Journal of Network Management (IJNM, as well as an editorial board member of IEEE TNSM, JNSM and JCN. He was General Chair of IEEE NetSoft 2016 (, IEEE NOMS 2018 ( and 2018 IEEE Blockchain Summit Korea ( He was General Chair of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2019, James received his HBSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and the PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1991.