Shutterstock DLS Welcomes Professor Yair Amir from Johns Hopkins University

The lecture season kicked-off with a roar in the Department of Computer Science as faculty and students welcomed Professor Yair Amir from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Amir presented Dependable Systems and Networks for a Complex World as the first talk of the 2018-2019 Shutterstock Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS).

On September 28, 2018 Amir started his day at Stony Brook by meeting with faculty, sharing research ideas, and discussing educational challenges. He is currently professor of computer science and director of the Distributed Systems and Networks (DSN) lab at Johns Hopkins University and he previously served as chair of the department. Amir’s goal is to “invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way.” Professor Amir holds BSc (1985) and MSc (1990) from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a PhD (1995) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

As the recipient of the Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014, the highest teaching award in the Whiting School of Engineering at JHU. He was a finalist for the Excellence in Mentoring and advising award in 2014 and for an Excellence in Teaching award in 2013. He was nominated for the DARPA agency-wide "Performer with Significant Technical Achievement" award and was the recipient of the DARPA Dynamic Coalitions program Bytes-for-Buck trophy. His work received the Best Paper award in the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) in 2017.

Amir is a creator of the Spread toolkit (, the first scalable group communication system with strong semantics. He led Secure Spread, developing the first robust key agreement protocols, as well as the Spines overlay network platform (, the SMesh wireless mesh network (, the first seamless 802.11 mesh with fast lossless handoff, the Prime Byzantine replication engine, the first to provide performance guarantees while under attack, and the Spire intrusion-tolerant SCADA for the power grid (, the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises.

Some of these technologies are deployed in mission critical systems, support data center applications, are included in commercial products, and are used for research and teaching in universities and research labs around the world. Until 2016, Amir led the development of the LTN cloud ( He continues to provide technical leadership at LTN. LTN offers a global transport service for broadcast-quality live TV that is used by major broadcasters including CNN, Fox, Disney, ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC, ESPN, NBC, PBS, and Turner.

Thank you to Professor Amir for coming to Stony Brook University!