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General Information

Full Name Aviv Yaish
Research Interests Blockchains, Economics, Incentives, Security, Decentralized Finance, Mechanism Design
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Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2022
    • The Authority for Research Students' travel grant
  • 2021
    • Award for excellence in the Hebrew University's teaching evaluation survey
    • Ethereum bug bounty prize
  • 2020
    • Ranked 9th out of 111 teaching staff in the Hebrew University's CS department
  • 2019
    • The Ze’ev Jabotinsky Fellowship for Applied and Engineering Science for Doctoral Students, a 4 year merit-based fellowship for direct-to-PhD students
    • The Zcon1 travel grant
  • 2018
    • Rector's award and one-year grant for MSc students, for ranking first among fellow class-mates
    • Dean's award and prize for outstanding academic achievements
  • 2016
    • First place at The Hebrew University's annual machine learning hackathon
  • 2013
    • Received the merit-based "Amirim science" excellence scholarship for undergraduates
  • 2011
    • Israeli Defense Forces excellence award, for the development of a new mission-critical system
  • 2010
    • Israeli Defense Forces excellence award, for the advancement of my department
  • 2007
    • Ranked in the 99th percentile in Israel's SAT equivalent (the psychometric exam)

Papers

  • 2022
    Uncle Maker: (Time)Stamping Out The Competition In Ethereum
    Aviv Yaish, Gilad Stern, Aviv Zohar
    • Accepted to The Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC22).
    • Presented at The Federmann Cyber Security Center's Cyber Retreat.
  • 2022
    Blockchain Stretching & Squeezing: Manipulating Time for Your Best Interest
    Aviv Yaish, Saar Tochner, Aviv Zohar
    • Published in Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC22).
    • Presented at The 23rd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation.
    • Presented at Chaincode Labs' Research Seminar.
  • 2020
    Correct Cryptocurrency ASIC Pricing: Are Miners Overpaying?
    Aviv Yaish, Aviv Zohar

Invited Talks

  • 2022
    The Federmann Cyber Security Center's Cyber Retreat
    Uncle Maker: (Time)Stamping Out The Competition In Ethereum
  • 2022
    Chaincode Labs' Research Seminar
    Blockchain Stretching & Squeezing: Manipulating Time For Your Best Interest
  • 2022
    The 23rd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation
    Blockchain Stretching & Squeezing: Manipulating Time For Your Best Interest
  • 2021
    First Israeli Blockchain Research Day
    Correct Cryptocurrency ASIC Pricing: Are Miners Overpaying?
  • 2019
    The Hebrew University's Cryptocurrencies Seminar
    Correct Cryptocurrency ASIC Pricing: Are Miners Overpaying?

Teaching

  • 2021
    Recipient of the award for excellence in the teaching evaluation survey
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2020
    Ranked 9th out of 111 teaching staff in the CS department
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2020
    Introduction to Cryptocurrencies (67513), co-creator and TA
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • A graduate course which covers the theory and practice of cryptocurrencies, averaging around 50 students per semester.
    • Provided ideas and hands-on guidance for ~20 final projects.
  • 2018 -
    System Introduction (67100), creator and lecturer
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • An undergraduate first year computer science MOOC covering basic to advanced usage of the command-line shell, taken by around 850 students a year.
  • 2017 -
    From NAND to Tetris (67925/6), lecturer
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • An undergraduate second year computer science course covering the construction of a fully-functioning computer, averaging around 600 students and 9 TAs per semester.

Education

  • 2019 -
    PhD candidate
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Researching the economics and security of cryptocurrencies in Aviv Zohar's lab
    • On the direct-to-PhD track
    • Recipient of the merit-based 4-year Ze’ev Jabotinsky Fellowship
  • 2016 - 2018
    Master of Science (M.Sc.), Computer Science
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Researching the economics and security of cryptocurrencies in Aviv Zohar's lab
    • Magna cum laude (97.55 out of 100)
    • Recipient of the rector prize for ranking first in class
    • Recipient of the dean's prize for outstanding academic achievements
  • 2013 - 2016
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Computer Science
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Recipient of the merit-based "Amirim science" excellence scholarship for undergraduates
    • Won first place at The Hebrew University's annual machine learning undergraduate hackathon

Supervision

  • 2022 -
    Nimrod Rak
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Title: Simulating cryptocurrency networks using real clients
  • 2022
    Eytan Tsytkin
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Title: Application of Big Data methods to cryptocurrencies
  • 2021 -
    Imri Paran
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Title: An exploration of Bitcoin's attack surface

Service

  • 2022
    Reviewer
    ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA)
  • 2020
    Reviewer
    ACM Conference on Advances in Financial Technologies (AFT)

Other

  • 2020-2022
    Volunteer
    Melabev
    • Volunteered with elderly people with dementia. I accompanied a group of people suffering from early-onset dementia to the Israeli Museum on a weekly basis, and have participated in the “Kesher” telephone program by calling a group of elderly people throughout the week. In addition, I translated documents from Hebrew to English.