Emin Gün Sirer is Co-Director of IC3, Initiative on Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts, a professor at Cornell, and founder of Ava Labs and bloXroute. His research spans the full blockchain stack, including scalable and lightweight consensus protocols (e.g. Ava Coin using Avalanche, Bitcoin-NG), high-performance networking (e.g. Falcon relay network for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash), security of smart contracts and blockchains (e.g. DAO hack, Covenants, and Vaults), high-performance Layer 2 solutions (e.g. Teechan/Teechain), as well as characterizing the scalability and decentralization of extant blockchains.
In 2002, Sirer started Karma, an early cryptocurrency that was the first to utilize a proof-of-work concept.
Sirer is an advisor to a small set of efforts including WeTrust, which aims to provide decentralized financial services to create a more inclusive financial system, and Tezos, which is a smart contract platform with built-in governance.
He holds a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princeton.