Ýmir Vigfússon

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Who I Am

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University since 2014.

In earlier lives, I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from University of Iceland in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2009. I was a post-doctoral scientist at IBM Research between 2009-2011, and Assistant Professor at School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University in Iceland from 2011-2014.

What I Do

My academic research is focused around distributed systems and cloud computing, and I am particularly interested in socially motivated real-world problems that embody deep trade-offs. My primary interests are on distributed data replication (caching, live streaming and multicast) and on security. Other research interests of mine include optimization, data mining, network science, wireless ad-hoc networks and epidemiology.

I am also a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Syndis, a growing multinational company focused on research and services in offensive information security. Here is a brief video by the Vocativ news network that shows us hacking.

I have had the fortune of learning from some remarkable people, and I enjoy passing on what I know to my students. Have a look at my TEDx talk about Why I teach people how to hack.

Further information

Here is my Curriculum Vitae.


Contact Information

Ymir Vigfusson
Dept. of Math & CS
Emory University
400 Dowman Drive, W415
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel: +1-404-727-7580