University of Toronto Computer Engineering Research Group (EECG)

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I am a Connaught Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Computer Engineering and Electronics groups) and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. My research interests include game-theoretical incentives for crypto-economics, mechanism/system design of distributed ledger (blockchain) systems, formal methods, Central Bank Digital Currencies, IoT/blockchain systems, techno-legal and economic questions for distributed ledger technology, and data analytics for fintech. I have also worked extensively in the area of CAD for VLSI verification, debug, synthesis and test.  

I obtained my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science, my MSc from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles , Department of Computer Science and my Diploma from the University of Patras, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics. I stayed as a visiting faculty at the University of Illinois in 1998-99 before 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 technical, legal and economic report on Canada's candidate digital currency. This report for a Central Bank Digital Loonie can be found here .  

In 2021 I was honored to be given the opportunity to comment on a classified report by the Hoover Institution, edited by Darrell Duffie & Elizabeth Economy, prefaced by Condoleezza Rice, and co-authored by an extensive list of prominent world-thinkers. This report, released March 1, 2022 and titled ``Digital Currencies: The US, China, And The World At A Crossroads'' can be found here . A week later, the White House announced that US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order following the recommendations of this report.

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. My research group has received many other best paper awards and myself the IBM Faculty Award . I am currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Network and Service Management, and a member of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Int'l Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, and IEEE Conference on Blockchain Research & Applications for Innovative Networks and Services.

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.

Links

  Conference, Journal and Book Publications
  Current and Former Research Projects
  Current and Former Students
  Research Sponsors and Partners

Courses

  ECE 345: Algorithms and Data Structures (undergraduate)
  ECE358: Foundations of Computing (undergraduate)
  APS 105: Computer Fundamentals
  CSC 467: Compilers and Interpreters
  ECE 242: Algorithms and Data Structures (undergraduate, not offered, replaced by ECE-345)
  ECE 1767: Design for Test and Testability
  ECE 1762: Algorithms and Data Structures (graduate)

Contact Information

Address:

Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

University of Toronto,
Sandford Fleming Bldg , Room 2001

10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G4

Phone: (416) 946-3062 
Fax: (416) 971-2326 
Email: veneris
Administrator: Mrs. Duba Burin, dubravka.burinutoronto.ca (416-946-8094) 

  University of Toronto Computer Engineering Research Group (EECG)