People

Emin Gün Sirer

Emin Gün Sirer

Formal First Name
Emin
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Emin Gün Sirer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ava Labs. He works on self-organizing systems, which span operating systems, networking, and distributed systems. Most of his research emphasizes building systems based on principled reasons for their correct functioning. His current projects involve a novel secure operating system and system infrastructure for high-performance cloud computing applications. He likes building things, especially systems that have some principled reason for why they should work.

Professional Experience


Academic History

CAREER

  • Sirer is an outspoken member of the hacker community, running a technology blog called Hacking Distributed that questions current practices.
  • He is well-known for having implemented the first currency that used proof-of-work to mint coins, for his research on selfish mining, characterizing the scale and centralization of existing cryptocurrencies, and for proposing the leading protocols for on-chain and off-chain scaling.


CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Co-Director for Cornell’s Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts


RESEARCH ON FULL BLOCKCHAIN STACK
  • scalable and lightweight consensus protocols
  • high-performance networking 
  • security of smart contracts and blockchains
  • high-performance Layer 2 solutions 
  • scalability and decentralization of extant blockchains