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Icelandic hacker and a computer security expert
Ymir Vigfusson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University since 2014, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University in Iceland since 2011. He is a co-PI of the Symbiosis lab at Emory University.
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Ymir Vigfusson's 2023 biography
Ymir Vigfusson’s background
Ymir Vigfusson grew up as a hacker, and has ever since sought to make amends. He is an Associate Professor at Emory University, PI of the Emory SimBioSys lab, a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and co-founder of the cybersecurity companies Adversary (acquired in 2020), Syndis (acquired in 2021), and KeyStrike. At Emory, his research spans cybersecurity, distributed systems, network science, and computational epidemiology. Ymir holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and BSc in Mathematics from the University of Iceland
His research spans distributed systems and data science, and is motivated by three beliefs:
- That networked systems should just scale effortlessly
- That the best practical way to improve security is for people to really understand how things break,
- That clever use of technology can improve disease outbreak surveillance (think epidemics)
Ymir Vigfusson’s research is supported by an NSF CAREER award, contracts from the CDC, RANNIS grants and other funding from industry.
He is also a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Syndis, a growing multinational company focused on research and services in offensive information security.
He have had the fortune of learning from some remarkable people, and enjoy passing on what he know to his students.
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