Directors

Ari Juels
IC3 Co-Director

Ari Juels is a Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in NYC. He was previously Chief Scientist of RSA, The Security Division of EMC. (Photo by Patricia Kuharic)

Emin Gün Sirer
IC3 Co-Director (On leave 2019-21)

Emin Gün Sirer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests span distributed systems, cryptocurrencies, and software infrastructure for large scale services.

Ittay Eyal
IC3 Associate Director

Ittay Eyal is a senior lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Electrical Engineering at the Technion. His research focuses on distributed systems, particularly the security and scalability of cryptocurrency technologies.

Sarah Meiklejohn
IC3 Associate Director

Sarah Meiklejohn is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Cryptography and Security at University College London. She has broad research interests in computer security and cryptography, and works on topics such as anonymity and criminal abuses in cryptocurrencies and privacy-enhancing technologies.

Andrew Miller
IC3 Associate Director

Andrew Miller is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include all facets of cryptocurrency science, from measurement and simulation to theory and formal modelling. His lectures can be found in the first cryptocurrency textbook and MOOC.

Staff

Sarah Allen
IC3 Community Manager

Sarah Allen is the IC3 Community Manager, supporting interactions among faculty, students, and industry partners. She works to connect researchers, industry practitioners, and the blockchain community.

Jim Ballingall
IC3 Executive Director

Jim Ballingall is the IC3 Executive Director, responsible for community outreach, engagement, and support of the IC3 partners and ecosystem. Jim earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell, and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from U.C. Berkeley. Jim also directs the Industry-Academia Partnership, a consortium founded by Cornell with other top universities and leading companies pursuing next generation computing technologies. At a recent IC3 NYC Meetup, he stated, "The summer of 2016 saw $50M+ security breaches in both Ethereum and Bitcoin; these underscore the urgent need for fast and reliable blockchain solutions rooted in truly rigorous cryptography, game theory and computer science...IC3 is committed to collaborate with its partners to fulfill that need, with practical open source solutions that overcome the greatest challenges to widespread blockchain adoption."

Sylvain Bellemare
Research Engineer

Sylvain is a research engineer at IC3. His role at IC3 involves helping with implementing and testing software prototypes, meanwhile applying software engineering best practices. His interest is in distributed systems and cryptographic protocols.

Tyler Kell
Research Engineer

Tyler Kell is a research engineer at IC3. In a previous life, Tyler was a penetration tester, and enjoys an extensive history of breaking security assumptions.

Veronica VanCleave-Seeley
IC3 Administrative Coordinator

Veronica VanCleave-Seeley is the IC3 Administrative Coordinator, responsible for the support of IC3 members and coordinating IC3 events. Veronica has a B.A. in General Science from Alfred University and several years of administrative experience.

Chief Scientist

Elaine Shi
IC3 Chief Scientist

Elaine Shi is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. 99% of programmers in the real world are not cryptography experts, and it is dangerous for them to cook up their own cryptographic protocols. Elaine's research creates platforms and tools that aids non-expert programmers in creating systems that are "secure by design" and "secure by default".

Faculty / Scientists

Lorenzo Alvisi

Lorenzo Alvisi holds an Endowed Professorship in Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests are in the theory and practice of distributed computing, with a particular focus on dependability. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. He serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Computer Systems and Springer’s Distributed Computing, and on the council of CRA’s Computing Community Consortium.

Srdjan Capkun

Srdjan Capkun, is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich and Director of the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC). His research interests are in system and network security.

Giulia Fanti

Giulia Fanti is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests span the algorithmic foundations of blockchains, distributed systems, privacy-preserving technologies, and machine learning. She is a fellow for the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cybersecurity, and has received a best paper award at ACM Sigmetrics and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She obtained her Ph.D. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley and her B.S. in ECE from Olin College of Engineering.

Bryan Ford

Prof. Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized/Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Ford focuses broadly on building secure decentralized systems, touching on topics including private and anonymous communication technologies, Internet architecture, and secure operating systems.

James Grimmelmann

James Grimmelmann is a professor of law at Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School. He studies how laws regulating software affect freedom, wealth, and power. He helps lawyers and technologists understand each other, applying ideas from computer science to problems in law and vice versa. He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems and of over forty scholarly articles and essays on digital copyright, search engine regulation, privacy on social networks, online governance, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He teaches courses in property, intellectual property, and Internet law.

Roni Michaely

Roni Michaely is the Rudd Family professor of finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center. His research is in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets, and valuation. Currently, his research is focused on conflict of interest in capital markets, corporate payout policy, and securities' valuation. He was recently recognized as one of the most cited people in finance, and serves an associate editor for the Journal of Finance

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His research interests include computer security, programming languages, and distributed and persistent programming systems. His work has focused on practical, sound, expressive languages and systems for enforcing information security by construction. The Jif programming language makes it possible to write programs which the compiler ensures are secure, and the Fabric system extends this approach to distributed programming. Myers is an ACM Fellow and co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Computer Security.

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara is the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, and she also holds a Professorship at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor O'Hara's research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the classic book Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell: 1995). Recent research looks at the how ETFs affect market stability, liquidity issues in corporate bond markets, and corporate governance problems in banks.

Rafael Pass

Rafael Pass is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University (Cornell Tech). His research focuses on Cryptography and Game Theory and their interplay with Computational Complexity. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and the Google Faculty Award and was named a Alfred P Sloan Fellow, a Microsoft Faculty Fellow, and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

Robbert van Renesse

Robbert van Renesse is a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research is in the area of the theory and practice of scalable fault tolerant distributed systems. Van Renesse is Chair of ACM SIGOPS, an ACM Fellow, and Associate Editor of ACM Computing Surveys.

Dawn Song

Dawn Song is Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007. Her research interest lies in security and privacy issues in computer systems. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences. She is the founder of Ensighta Security Inc., which was acquired by FireEye Inc.

Postdocs

Iddo Bentov

Iddo Bentov is a postdoc at Cornell University, and author of a number of academic papers on cryptography and cryptocurrency. He has been involved in the Bitcoin space since mid-2011, and also works on succinct zero-knowledge proofs at SCIPR Lab.

Steven Goldfeder

Steven Goldfeder is an IC3 postdoc at Cornell Tech where he works at the intersection of crypto(graphy) and crypto(currencies). He holds a PhD from Princeton University and is a co-author of the leading textbook on cryptocurrencies.

Ni Trieu

Ni Trieu is a postdoc at UC Berkeley working with Prof. Dawn Song. She received her PhD from Oregon State University. Her research interests are in the areas of cryptography and security, with a specific focus on secure computation and its applications to online advertising, biocomputing, blockchain, and machine learning.

Students

Amit Agarwal

Amit is a PhD student under Professor Andrew Miller at UIUC currently doing research in theoretical and applied cryptography. His other research interests include consensus algorithms, quantum computation, and algorithm design.

Enis Ceyhun Alp

Ceyhun is a first year PhD student at EPFL. His research interests span distributed systems, networking and security.

Sarah Azouvi

Sarah is a PhD student at University College London in the Information Security group. Her research interest are in Applied Cryptography and Game Theory, in the context of cryptocurrencies.

Kushal Babel

Kushal Babel is a Computer Science graduate student at Cornell University. He aims to leverage his experience with programming languages, systems research and traditional finance to build better security protocols and exciting blockchain applications.

Bolton Bailey

Bolton is a PhD Student at UIUC. His research interests are in Formal Methods, SNARKs, and Cryptographic Protocols.

Surya Bakshi

Surya is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Illinois working with Andrew Miller in the Decentralized Systems Lab.

Soumya Basu

Soumya Basu is a graduate student in Cornell CS working with Emin Gün Sirer. He is primarily looking at how to provide strong security guarantees in blockchain technology without sacrificing performance. He also spends some time looking at the financial incentives involved in decentralized cryptocurrencies. For more up to date information, please visit his website.

Burcu Canakci

Burcu is a graduate student at Cornell University working with Robbert van Renesse.

Ethan Cecchetti

Ethan Cecchetti is a graduate student at Cornell University. He is interested in a wide range of research related to security and cryptography.

Philip Daian

Philip Daian is a Computer Science graduate student at Cornell University. He brings experience in the formal verification and automotive domains, and looks forward to building the next generation of efficient and open financial cryptosystems.

Yael Doweck

Yael Doweck is a graduate student at the Technion. She is interested in distributed systems, cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges.

Naomi Ephraim

Naomi Ephraim is a fifth year graduate student at Cornell University. Her research interests are in theoretical cryptography.

Cody Freitag

Cody Freitag is a graduate student at Cornell University. His research interests include theoretical cryptography and privacy and their applications to blockchain technologies and learning theory.

Nicolas Gailly

Nicolas was a software engineer before enrolling as a doctoral student at EPFL working in the decentralized systems group DEDIS. His research interests are decentralized systems & applied cryptography.

Joshua Gancher

Joshua Gancher is a graduate student at Cornell University. He is interested in cryptography and programming languages.

Friederike Groschupp

Friederike is a PhD student at ETH Zurich. Her research interests include system security and blockchain technology.

Yue Guo

Yue Guo is a first year PhD student at Cornell University Computer Science Department. She is interested in cryptography and system security.

Alexander Hicks

Alexander Hicks is a PhD student at University College London. His research interests broadly revolve around cryptography and machine learning in the context of privacy and security.

Charlie Hou

Charlie is a PhD student at CMU advised by Giulia Fanti. He is interested in robustness of data-driven systems.

Yan Ji

Yan Ji is a Computer Science graduate student at Cornell University. She is interested in blockchain technologies and other areas intersecting security, applied cryptography and distributed systems.

George Kappos

George is a Computer Science Ph.D student at University College London working with Sarah Meiklejohn. He is researching Privacy in cryptocurrencies.

Ariah Klages-Mundt

Ariah Klages-Mundt is an Applied Math PhD student at Cornell University. His research is at the intersection of computer science and economics on the design of decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols and economic networks. He brings prior experience working in the financial technology sector.

Yunqi Li

Yunqi Li is a PhD student at UIUC working with Andrew Miller. She is interested in system security, P2P network, and blockchain technology.

Jun-You Liu

Jun-You is a Computer Science Ph.D. student at Cornell University. He is interested in the research of cryptography, crypto security, and crypto economics; looking forward to leveraging the discovery from research to build a safer open financial system.

Sishan Long

Sishan Long is a graduate student at Cornell University. She is interested in blockchain technologies.

Harjasleen Malvai

Harjasleen Malvai is a PhD studet at Cornell University with research interests in theoretical and applied cryptography as well as their applications to blockchains, she also maintains an interest in run-on sentences.

Krishna Deepak Maram

Deepak is a first year PhD student at Cornell University working with Ari Juels.

Michael Mirkin

Michael Mirkin is a graduate student at the Technion. He's interested in distributed systems, cryptography, and P2P networks.

Kasra Edalat Nejad

Kasra Edalat Nejad is a Ph.D. student at EPFL. His research interests span the areas of privacy and security.

Kirill Nikitin

Kirill Nikitin is a Ph.D. candidate at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. His research interests revolve around the topics in system security, network security, and distributed systems. His current focus is on building secure and privacy-preserving decentralized systems.

Youer Pu

Youer is a graduate student in Cornell University working with Lorenzo Alvisi.

Gengmo Qi

Gengmo is a Computer Science Ph.D. student at Cornell University. His interest broadly include security and privacy, distributed systems, and cryptoeconomics.

Kevin Sekniqi

Kevin Sekniqi is a graduate student at Cornell University working with Robbert van Renesse.

Sandra Siby

Sandra is a first year graduate student at EPFL. She is interested in network security, distributed systems and privacy.

Itay Tsabary

Itay Tsabary is a graduate student at the Technion. He is interested in distributed systems, cryptocurrencies and game theory.

Karl Wüst

Karl is a PhD student in the System Security Group at ETH Zurich. His main research interest is blockchain technology with a focus on security and privacy.

Lun Wang

Lun Wang is a Ph.D. student in EECS at UC Berkeley working with Prof. Dawn Song. His research interest is in the intersection of machine learning and security, data privacy, programming language, blockchains and applied cryptography.

Matan Yechieli

Matan is a graduate student at the Technion. His research interests include blockchain systems, security, and cryptocurrencies.

Haaroon Yousaf

Haaroon is a first year Computer Science Ph.D student at University College London working with Sarah Meiklejohn and Jens Groth. He is researching Security, Cryptocurrencies and Underground Markets.

Tom Yurek

Tom Yurek is a PhD student at UIUC working with Andrew Miller. He is interested in Privacy and Applied Cryptography.

Jiaheng Zhang

Jiaheng is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Security Group of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He is broadly interested in Computer Security and Cryptography, especially Zero Knowledge Proof. His current advisor is Prof. Dawn Song. Before coming to Berkeley, he received his B.Eng. degree in Computer Science from ACM Honors Class at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also was an intern at Cornell, advised by Prof. Elaine Shi.

Roi Bar Zur

Roi Bar Zur is a graduate student at the Technion. He is interested in cryptocurrencies, game theory, and reinforcement learning.

Alumni

Mustafa Al-Bassam

Mustafa is a PhD student at the Information Security Research Group of the Department of Computer Science at University College London. His research interests include the intersections of peer-to-peer systems, distributed ledgers and information security.

Shehar Bano

Shehar Bano is a Research Scientist in Novi (Facebook) based in London. She is also a visiting researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge. Shehar's research interests centre on networked and distributed systems, particularly in the context of security and performance. Her key areas of research include blockchains, information control (censorship & discrimination), internet measurement, and malware and intrusion detection.

Lorenz Breidenbach

Lorenz is a security researcher at Chainlink Labs.

Raymond Cheng

Raymond Cheng is a research scientist, entrepreneur, open source software developer, and adjunct professor, who is passionate about building technology that improves the lives and freedoms of internet users. He has made contributions in a wide range of areas in distributed systems and security, including data privacy, secure computing, blockchains, and scalable network systems.

Ayush Dubey

Ayush Dubey is a Software Engineer with TensorFlow, focusing on distributed runtime and performance. He completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2017 at Cornell University.

Adem Efe Gencer

Adem Efe Gencer received his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. His research interests lie in the fields of Distributed Systems and Networking with a focus on improving the scalability of blockchain technologies.

Philipp Jovanovic

Philipp Jovanovic is an Associate Professor in Information Security at University College London. Philipp's interests broadly include applied cryptography, information security, and decentralized systems. His research mission is to develop, analyze, and deploy scalable, privacy-enhancing, decentralized trust technologies that serve the end users and help to promote anti-fragile ecosystems.

Lefteris Kokoris Kogias

Lefteris is Research Scientist at Novi working on Decentralized Systems, Applied Cryptography and Distributed Computing. He will be joining IST Austria as an Assistant Professor in September 2021.

Ahmed Kosba

Ahmed Kosba is an assistant professor at the Computer and Systems Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering at Alexandria University. His reseach interests are in the areas of applied cryptography and security, with a focus on verifiable computation, zero-knowledge proofs and blockchains.

Alex Manuskin

Alex is a researcher working on ZenGo-X. He is interested in distributed systems, scaling cryptocurrencies and security.

Kai Mast

Kai Mast is postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Hid research focuses on Byzantine fault-tolerant systems and databases.

Sinisa Matetic

Sinisa Matetic is research scientist at ETH Zurich. He was born in Split, Croatia. Prior to joining ETH Zurich, he worked as a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney in the SEE region. Sinisa's research interest are in system security focusing on distributed systems, trusted hardware, blockchain-based technology design and integrity protection.

Patrick McCorry

Patrick McCorry is the CEO of PISA Research. His research focuses on cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, applied cryptography, and decentralized systems.

Ian Miers

Ian Miers is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on solving real world security issues using cryptography. He is one of the cofounders of Zcash, a privacy preserving cryptocurrency based on his work on Zerocash. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired, and The Economist. It has also been denounced in at least two op-eds.

Amani Moin

Amani is PhD candidate in Economics with research in Corporate Finance and Financial Technology. She is also the Cheif Cryptoeconomist at AVA Labs. Her research interests are in empirical corporate finance, machine learning, and cryptocurrencies.

Oded Naor

Oded is a PhD candidate at the Technion. His research interests include blockchains, security, and distributed systems in general.

Sergi Delgado Segura

Sergi is the CEO of Talaia Labs. He is currently building The Eye of Satoshi. His research interest lies on Bitcoin, networks, and privacy.

Isaac Sheff

Isaac Sheff is a Computer Science Post-Doc at MPI-SWS. His research is primarily in distributed systems, with emphasis on security and heterogeneous trust.

Ekaterina Volkova

Ekaterina is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the University of Melbourne, Finance Department. Prior to joining the program in 2012, Ekaterina graduated from Moscow State University with MA in Mathematics and from New Economic School with MA in Economics.

Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang is an incoming Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Duke University starting Fall of 2021. He is currently a security researcher at Chainlink Labs. His research primarily focuses on security/privacy/scalability problems in decentralized systems, especially those enabled by blockchain protocols and trusted execution environments (TEEs).

Researchers

Linus Gasser

Linus is working with his team of engineers to interface between PhD-students from Bryan Ford’s lab and industry partners. He likes to work with semester students, too, and help them to understand the implication of decentralised, distributed systems, and how ECC fits into that picture. His long-term goal is to build software for scalable, self-organizing communities. The current effort is at Cothority

Dr. Kari Kostiainen

Kari Kostiainen is Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich and Coordinator of Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC). Before joining ETH, Kari was a researcher at Nokia. He has a PhD in computer science from Aalto. Kari's research focuses on system security. Recent topics include smartphone security, trusted computing, secure user interaction, and blockchain security.