Student Profile
Student Profile: Kwan Hong Lee


Seoul, Korea

Degree Candidate

PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab

Previous Degrees

BS, MEng in Computer Science 1998, Cornell University
MS 2001, MIT Media Lab

Interest Area

My interests are in the intersection of mobile computing, social networks and behavioral science. More specifically, I am interested in how financial data reflects individual and group behavior and how mobile communications and always-on communications affect these behaviors. Through my research I hope to understand design and methods for utilizing mobile devices for better just-in-time decision making.

Thesis Topic

The social influences in mobile communications for financial decision making.

Career Ambition

My ambition is to take the learning from MIT and create a high tech company that may significantly improve communities and lives of people in the US and international.

Why MIT?

MIT has been a unique place where world experts are concentrated with continual influx of intellectual creativity. It has been the only place where I could explore the intersection of two different fields and take untraditional approaches to exploring problems. For example, it would have been the only place I would have been able to work on research projects with Bank of America and Intuit.


For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:14)