Prof. Bryan Ford
EPFL, Head DEDIS Lab
Dr. Jean-Luc Beuchat
Professor at University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Valais
Prof. Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized/Distributed Systems (DEDIS) research group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
Ford focuses broadly on building secure decentralized systems, touching on topics including private and anonymous communication, scalable decentralized systems, blockchain technology, Internet architecture, and operating systems.
Ford earned his B.S. at the University of Utah and his Ph.D. at MIT, then joined the faculty of Yale University where his work received the Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award and grants from NSF, DARPA, and ONR, including the NSF CAREER award. His continuing work receives support from EPFL, the AXA Research Fund, and numerous industry partners. He has served as a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) study group, and is an advisory board member of the Swiss FinTech Innovations association.
Stéphane Rey is the Chief Technology Officer of Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) and the co-Chief Digital Officer of the Lombard Odier Group.
Stéphane is a driver of technology innovation at Lombard Odier and pushed the first blockchain-based transaction of the Group. Stéphane chairs the cybersecurity committee of LOIM and he has been recognized as Top CIO 2017 in Switzerland during the 6th Confare Swiss CIO & IT Manager Summit in Zurich. Stéphane is a board member of the Swiss Fintech Innovations association.Prior to Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Stéphane was a Partner at McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, where he focused on serving financial institutions and telecommunication companies.
Stéphane has a bachelor degree in Business Administration (1998) and a Master in Information Technology (1999) from HEC Lausanne. During his bachelor education, Stéphane spent one year at Michigan University, where he studied business administration, computer science, and cryptography.
Dr. Jean-Luc Beuchat is a professor at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Valais, Switzerland. His expertise is in applied cryptography, computer arithmetic, and computer architecture.
Jean-Luc spent his career in both industry and academia (cyber security expert at ELCA, Switzerland, associate professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and postdoctoral fellow at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France). His work has been recognized with two best paper awards at CHES, the world's foremost conference in cryptographic hardware. He has served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and program committee member for several top-tier conferences.
He received his MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL).