James started mining Bitcoin in 2013 and was captured by the prospect of a trustless, permissionless financial system. Since starting at the DCI two years ago, James has been working primarily on Cryptokernel; a distributed ledger development toolkit as well as Lightning Network related projects. James works on the Digital Fiat Currency project, aiming to use Cryptokernel to demonstrate a workable fiat currency design based on distributed ledger technology. James is also the lead developer of Vertcoin, which he has been lead developer of since late 2014.
Jeremy B. Ney | Graduate Researcher
Jeremy is a researcher focused on understanding the ways that digital fiat currencies can be represented in a new model of the economy. After working at the Federal Reserve, his specific aim is to understand the roles that governments and central banks can play in fundamentally reinventing the structure of the financial system via blockchain solutions. Jeremy is pursuing a dual-degree MBA/MPA from MIT Sloan and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Quanquan Liu | Graduate Researcher
Quanquan is currently a research intern at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative for Summer 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the MIT Theory of Computation group, advised by Erik D. Demaine. Her research interests include graph algorithms (both in the sequential and parallel/distributed sense), consensus for blockchains, proofs of space/work, and local models of computation. She seeks to apply local techniques to a variety of theoretical and practical problems.
Quanquan received her B. S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and her Master of Engineering in Computer Science also from MIT. To see her full list of publications, please see: http://web.mit.edu/quanquan/www/.
Cole Vick | Undergraduate Researcher
Cole is an undergrad at Northeastern University studying Computer Science and Philosophy and is joining the DCI in January as a 6 month Co-Op. At Northeastern, he has tutored both the introductory CS course and various Philosophy courses. He also mentored and prepared students through their first Co-Op application while serving as a Fellow of the College of Computer Science. Previously, Cole has built CI pipelines, REST APIs, and DevOps automation. He looks forward to learning about the crytposphere and continuing development on CryptoKernel with James. Aside from his technical interests, Cole is also eager to explore the economic and philosophical implications of large-scale market decentralization that many crypto users and developers talk about. Cole also enjoys running, cooking, and playing chess badly.
Dan Cline | Undergraduate Researcher
Dan is an undergraduate at UMass Amherst studying computer science and math. Last summer he interned at Charles River Analytics as a Software Engineer Intern. He is interested in learning more about scaling blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, and will be working on layer 2 and decentralized exchange tech. In his free time he likes to cook, play tennis, and bike.