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Risk Monitor for SPOs

Problem

Cardano SPO block-creation is susceptible to byzantine (block-withholding) behaviors depriving delegates of funds expected from the protocol. SPOs have no decentralized capabilities to detect such.

Solution

A Risk Monitor tool suite empowers SPOs with decentralized means to detect whether network-wide block production aligns with expectations from protocol so that reward distribution remains honest.

Team

Kenric Nelson, Ph.D.: Project Manager/Research Lead, Improve design of Risk Metric and oversee execution of the project

James Aman, Ph.D.: Teaching Professor at Rice University, Protocol Security Engineer, design byzantine experiment attacks

Juana Attieh: SPO owner who will complete SPO Community feedback

Blake Anderton, Ph.D.: Software & Algorithm Developer, configure Risk Monitor for usability with Cardano SPO community

Amir Azem: SPO Specialist, Contribute to experiment design and usability tests

Megan Hess, Communications Lead, Reporting and Administration of Project

Biographies of the Project Team

Dr. Kenric Nelson is Founder and President of Photrek, LLC which is developing novel approaches to Complex Decision Systems, including dynamics of cryptocurrency protocols, sensor systems for machine intelligence, robust machine learning methods, and novel estimation methods. He served on the Cardano Catalyst Circle governance council and is contributing to designs of decentralized governance. Prior to launching Photrek, Nelson was a Research Professor with Boston University Electrical & Computer Engineering (2014-2019) and Sr. Principal Systems Engineer with Raytheon Company (2007-2019). He has pioneered novel approaches to measuring and fusing information. His nonlinear statistical coupling methods have been used to improve the accuracy and robustness of radar signal processing, sensor fusion, and machine learning algorithms. His education in electrical engineering includes a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University, a M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. degree from Boston University. His management education includes an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan and participation in NSF’s I-Corp program.

Juana Attieh, a graduate of Management Engineering from the University of Waterloo, is the co-founder of FLUUS, a solution unlocking Instant Settlements for Emerging Markets. Alongside her role at FLUUS, Juana established LALKUL, a Cardano Stake Pool with a mission to integrate blockchain technology in the MENA region. Furthermore, as a co-founder of the Cardano MENA community, Juana is committed to fostering decentralized governance and contributing towards optimal solutions for self-organizing systems. With her work, Juana seeks to reimagine societies, unlock untapped potential, and provide inclusive opportunities to those who need them most

Dr. Blake Anderton is Founder and President of Acuition Solutions, LLC which develops machine intelligence solutions tailored for customers in operations research, precision agriculture, and environmental science. Anderton specialises in applied remote sensing, autonomous platforms/UAVs, decision support systems, quantitative finance, and human-centric AI. Anderton has 21 years experience in software development across environments spanning embedded systems to cloud computing. He holds a Ph. D. in Optical Science (U. of Arizona), M.S. in Electrical Engineering (U. of Alabama-Huntsville), and B.S. in both Physics and Engineering Mechanics (Lipscomb U.).

Amir Azem holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in International Business. With 12 years of experience working in Canada, he later relocated to the Middle East to contribute to private companies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. While his expertise primarily lies in establishing entities and facilitating business trade, his passion for AI and technology sparked an interest in blockchain. Amir has self-taught himself on Cardano, which has significantly piqued his curiosity. He took his enthusiasm further by launching a Stake Pool called HAWAK, which has been operational on the testnet for over 18 months and on the Mainnet for nearly a year. Beyond his personal ventures, Amir is actively committed to fostering a thriving blockchain community in the Middle East. He aims to raise awareness about various blockchain technologies, support web3 initiatives, and collaborate with other passionate individuals in the region.

Dr. James Aman is a web3 practitioner, researcher, and educator. Since his introduction to blockchain in 2015, he has developed several decentralized applications across various blockchain networks and architected protocols such as Ouroboros Taktikos, a regularized Nakamoto proof-of-stake protocol. James currently serves as a faculty member at Rice University where he teaches an introductory blockchain course for undergraduate and graduate students that combines the technical and business impacts of decentralized ledger technologies. James also co-founded Topl, a novel layer-one protocol for building sustainable and inclusive communities. While at Topl, he led the teams responsible for the engineering and research efforts in implementing the Topl protocol including novel implementations of the key-evolving signature scheme and verifiable random functions required by the Ouroboros protocol.

Kenric@Photrek
Kenric@Photrek
Megan Hess
Megan Hess
Juana.attieh
Juana.attieh
James Aman
James Aman
blake.anderton
blake.anderton