IOTA has been one of the quietest ecosystems in the market over 2019. In fact, IOTA was last in the news after it announced its collaboration with Hackster for a user-driven contest four weeks ago. It is in the news again after the IOTA Foundation announced that Jon Crowcroft would be joining the IOTA Research Council.
— IOTA (@iotatoken) September 9, 2019
A Fellow of the Royal Society and one of the most internationally renowned researchers in the field of distributed computing, Crowcroft is also on several advisory boards, including the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.
The announcement blog post reads,
“Jon’s work on open distributed systems is perfectly aligned with the IOTA Foundation’s efforts to develop IOTA as the backbone of the IoT. His research interests include scalable multicast routing, practical approaches to traffic management, and the design of deployable end-to-end protocols — all topics which make him an ideal advisor for IOTA. He also deeply believes in preserving privacy in digital spaces.”
On joining the IOTA Research Council, Crowcroft had this to say,
“I’ve worked on decentralized systems since 1981, and have no intention of stopping now. IOTA holds great potential to fulfill a key role in the emerging IoT space. We are witnessing the confluence of several areas of distributed systems research into the emerging real-world applications that are precisely the focus of the IOTA Foundation. It is my pleasure to serve in an advisory position for the organization.”
Crowcroft is also the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Chair of the Programme Committee at the Alan Turing Institute. A more streamlined look at Jon Crowcroft and his accomplishments can be found on his Wikipedia page and his cyber-home.