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
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 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
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, and a member of the Advisory Board for
the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC).