I am a
Scholar and Professor
and Computer Engineering
Engineering and Electronics
Computer Science at the
Toronto. My research interests include
game-theoretical incentives for crypto-economics, mechanism/system
design of distributed ledger
formal methods for
Central Bank Digital Currencies, IoT/blockchain systems,
economic questions for distributed ledger technology, and data analytics
I have also worked extensively in the area of CAD for VLSI
verification, debug, synthesis and test.
I obtained a PhD degree from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Department of Computer Science, an MSc from the
University of Southern
California, Los Angeles , Department of Computer Science and an undergraduate Diploma from the
University of Patras,
Department of Computer Engineering and
Informatics. I was a visiting faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998-99. I joined UofT in August 1999. In the past, I also held faculty
positions at the
Athens University of Economics and Business and at the
University of Tokyo .
In 2020-21 I was commissioned by the Bank of Canada to co-author a report on Canada's digital currency.
This report for a
Digital Loonie can be found here .
As I worked in the entertainment industry for many years,
I was part of a small team that
conducted the first webcast (video and audio)
ever over the internet (37th Annual Grammy Awards, March 1, 1995), an event
that was later acknowledged by the American Congress.
In 2013 I was nominated for the Bower Award and Price in Science
by Turing Award recipient Prof. Stephen Cook for contributions in the area of verification.
At ASP-DAC 2014 I received
a "Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper" award while my research group has received many
other best paper awards. I am currently an
Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans.
on Network and Service Management.
I am member of AAAS, ACM, AMS,
IEEE, Technical Chamber of Greece, TTTC, Professional
Engineers of Ontario and the Planetary Society. I am also an alumnus of the Japanese Society
for the Promotion of Science.