Emin Gün Sirer is co-founder and CEO at Ava Labs and a prominent professor of computer science at Cornell University, where his research focuses on operating systems, networking and distributed systems. He is well-known for having implemented the first currency that used proof-of-work (PoW) to mint coins, as well as his research on selfish mining, characterizing the scale and centralization of existing cryptocurrencies, and having proposed the leading protocols for on-chain and off-chain scaling.
He is also the co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3), which aims to move blockchain-based applications from whiteboards and proofs-of-concept to tomorrow’s fast and reliable financial systems. Sirer spent many years teaching at Cornell prior to founding Avalanche, the most downloaded dissertation at Cornell University - a Ph.D. dissertation On Scalability of Blockchain Technologies was penned by Adem Efe Gencer in 2017 under the direction of Sirer and Robbert van Renesse.
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