June-Koo Kevin Rhee, Ph.D

Chair, Quantum Forum, Korea

Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST



rhee.jk at kaist.ac.kr, rhee.jk at ieee.org




University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ph.D. in EE, 1995

Seoul National University, M.Sc. in EE, 1990

Seoul National University, B.E. in EE with minor in Physics, 1988



Quantum Forum, Chair, 2015-2017

KAIST, Korea, Professor, 2013 - Present

KAIST, Korea, Associate Professor, 2009 - 2013

ICU (KAIST), Korea, Associate Professor, 2005 - 2009

Samsung Adv. Inst. of Tech., Korea, TL/PM/Principal Engr., 2003-2005

Corning Incorporated, New Jersey, PM/Sr. Research Scientist, 1998-2002 

NEC Research Institute, New Jersey, Scientist, 1996-1998

Princeton University, New Jersey, Post-Doc, 1995-1996


Professional Activities

Actus Networks Inc., CSO, 2008-present

International IT Standardization Expert, TTA, 2008-2010


Short Biography

June-Koo Kevin RHEE (rhee.jk@kaist.edu) is a professor at KAIST, Korea and a graduate of Seoul National University, with a B.E. (1988) and M.Sc. (1990), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Ph.D. (1995), all in electrical engineering. Prior to his current position, he has been with Princeton University (1995-1996), NEC Research Institute (1996-1998), Corning Incorporated (1998-2002), and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (2003-2005).

Early in his career, he made contributions in the areas of quantum electro dynamics, quantum optics and  laser science, including the first demonstration of vacuum Rabi oscillations in a semiconductor cavity, and the first observation of a  4 photon state generation. His career then continued in the area of optical communications including the first system demonstration of the ROADM concept, the first introduction of DPSK optical data transmission in WDM systems, and the first demonstration of a WDM optical protection switching network. Recently, his research interest advanced with wireless networking and quantum information systems. His publications have been widely cited in various major technical articles. He has been an active contributor at the ITU-T SG13 and SG15 working parties, particularly on G.8032 ERP technology. His current research interests include quantum key distribution, quantum computing as well as  ICT areas of  wireless mesh networking, in-network CDN, and 5G optical networking.