Ýmir Vigfússon

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Ýmir Vigfússon
Ýmir Vigfússon

January 1984
Reykjavík, Iceland
ResidenceReykjavík, Iceland
Alma materUniversity of Iceland and Cornell University
OccupationAssistant Professor at Emory University, Director of the Emory SysLab, Chief Science Officer of Syndis.
EmployerEmory University, Syndis
Known forSyndis, Reykjavík University SysLab

Ýmir Vigfússon is an Icelandic hacker and a computer security expert. Currently, Ýmir is an assistant professor at Emory University, where he leads the Emory SysLab (System and Security Lab), and a member of ICE-TCS (Icelandic Center of Excellence in Theoretical Computer Science)[1] and of the ALNET Group (Research Group for Algorithms and Networks).[2]


In 2008, Ýmir interned at Yahoo! and worked on a novel approach for performing range queries in a scalable fashion on a massive distributed key-value data storage system (PNUTS).

In 2009, Ýmir earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.[3]

After defending his Ph.D., from 2009 to 2011, Ýmir worked together with Gregory Chockler and Eliezer Dekel at IBM Research in Haifa.

In 2011, Ýmir became an assistant professor at Reykjavík University,[4] where he was the principal investigator and director of the SysLab (System and Security Lab)[5] and the co-founder the Center of Research in Engineering Software System (CRESS).[6] Furthermore, he taught an elective, intensive Computer Security course in three weeks. The course is closed to only the best 20 students of Reykjavik University (according to their GPA and to an entrance test).

In 2014, Ýmir became an assistant professor at Emory University.

Ýmir gives technical and non-technical talks about computer security and computer science related topics at conferences and other universities around the world.[7]

In 2013, Ýmir co-founded the computer security company Syndis[8] in Reykjavík. The company performs research and development on offensive security technologies, consulting, penetration testing and security software development.

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