A second IBM Fellowship awarded to Lefteris Kokoris-Kogias

© 2018 EPFL

© 2018 EPFL

Lefteris Kokoris-Kogias, a Ph.D. student from the Laboratory of Decentralized and Distributed Systems led by Prof. Bryan Ford, has received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for the second time in a row.

Lefteris’s research focus is on scaling decentralized systems. His latest work, OmniLedger, will be presented at the IEEE Security and Privacy conference next month. OmniLedger redesigns the way blockchains are conceived, creating a decentralized payment system able to compete with the likes of VISA, and provides an option to Bitcoin, which is 1000 times slower on average. OmniLedger has already been adopted by multiple startups, such as Emotiq and IOVO, as the backbone of their blockchain solution.

Currently, Lefteris is focusing on creating transparent access control systems for blockchains.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving important problems that are fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.