Johns Hopkins University
Research Professor, Department of Computer Science
Yair Amir is a Research Professor of Computer Science, and director of the Distributed Systems and Networks lab (www.dsn.jhu.edu) at Johns Hopkins University. His goal is to invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way. He is a creator of several open-source technologies, including the Spire intrusion-tolerant SCADA for the power grid (www.dsn.jhu.edu/spire), the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises. Spire for the Substation went through an extensive red-team exercise by Sandia National Laboratories at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2022 and was transitioned to GE and Siemens toward making their high-voltage protective relays resilient to intrusions. Dr. Amir served as department chair of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins (2015-2018), as program co-chair (2015) and general co-chair (2022) of the IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) conference, and as a Vice Chair of the IFIP 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing (2016-2018). Dr. Amir is a co-founder of LTN Global Communications (www.ltnglobal.com). LTN offers global transport services that are used by major broadcasters including Disney, YouTube TV, Fox, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, ESPN, NBC, PBS, and Turner. Dr. Amir holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.