TEAM

The founding team consists of computer scientists with strong oversea educational backgrounds. Core members are all from top universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), University of California, Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Tsinghua University, etc. It also includes the veterans from top technology and financial companies in Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and prominent and well-recognized scientists and researchers in high-quality research organizations, who focus on distributed system, programming language, cyber security, cryptography and game theory, etc.

Founding Team & Team Scientists

Fan Long

Co-Founder

Fan Long, an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. He graduated from Tsinghua University Yao Class, and he holds Ph.D of Computer Science from MIT. His research interests include systems security, programming language, and blockchain. He is a recipient of ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Dissertation Award and MIT Best Dissertation Award. He has more than 20 publications on top computer science conferences with more than 1000 citations. He was also a competitive programmer. He won gold medals twice in International Olympiad of Informatics (2005, 2006), and ACM-ICPC Program Contest regional championship.

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao

Chief Scientist

Professor Yao is a world-renowned computer scientist. He is recipient of the Turing Award in 2000 for his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a Professor and Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University. Andrew is the Chief Scientist of the Conflux Chain Foundation and will lead the theoretical design of the Conflux protocol.

Wei Xu

Research Scientist

Wei Xu, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information Science(IIIS), Tsinghua University. He is also the Associate Dean of the Institute of Financial Technology of Tsinghua University and Director of the Blockchain Research Center. Professor Wei Xu’s research interests focus on cross-disciplinary research in distributed systems and machine learning. He obtained his Master and and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. He was advised by Professor David Patterson, winner of the 2017 Turing Award. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania (he also spent two years in the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University). He has won Faculty Research Awards from Google and IBM, Graduate Student Advising Award and Top-Performance Employee Award from Tsinghua University, and Beijing Teaching Pioneer Award. He has published more than 40 papers in top conferences in systems, networks, machine learning, and optical communications, etc. He won the DSN, APSys Best Paper Award. Prior to joining Tsinghua, he worked at Google headquarters and was responsible for R&D in infrastructure reliability.

Ming Wu

CTO

Ming Wu is the founding member of Conflux. Before joining the Conflux Team, Ming was a senior researcher at Systems Research Group in Microsoft Research Asia. He has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of distributed systems. He designed and implemented the large-scale and highly efficient distributed machine learning systems which were applied in Microsoft products. Dr. Ming Wu graduated from University of Science and Technology of China, and he obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science in 2007. Later in 2007, he joined Microsoft Research Asia. His main research interests and research directions involve distributed transaction processing systems, graph computing engines and artificial intelligence platforms. Dr. Ming Wu has published many papers in top conferences in computer system area, such as SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, ATC, EuroSys, SoCC, VLDB, etc. He has also served as Committee Member of OSDI, ASPLOS, HotDep, and MiddleWare, and he is the publication Chair of SOSP'17.

David Chow

Co-Founder

David Chow graduated from Tsinghua University Yao Class. His research interests include networking, systems, and blockchain. David was a system architect at an industry-leading automated trading firm, where he designed and optimized the infrastructures for large scale high-frequency trading. He was a competitive programmer who won gold medal in International Olympiad of Informatics, and regional championship in ACM-ICPC competition Program Contest.

Engineering Team

Zhe Yang

Core System & Infrastructure Engineer

Zhe Yang graduated from Tsinghua University (he once studied at Yao Class, and later graduated from Department of Mathematics), and he published a paper at top computer theory conference CRYPTO when he was still a senior student at Tsinghua. After graduating from Tsinghua, Zhe worked at Hulu, Face++, and Google, and has more than 7-years extensive experience in P2P streaming, AI, CDN, and Engineering Productivity. Zhe Yang was a competitive programmer who won the gold medal in the National Olympiad of Informatics and regional championship in ACM-ICPC competition Program Contest.

Yanpei Liu

Core System & Infrastructure Engineer

Yanpei Liu graduated from the ACM Hornor Class of Shanghai Jiaotong University. Before joining the Conflux team, he was an investment analyst at Sequoia Capital China, where he was responsible for the analysis and investment of hard tech startups. Besides that, Yanpei is a competitive hacker. He was the finalist of Google Code Jam, Facebook Hackercup and ACM-ICPC World Finals (Gold Medal, Second Place and Asia Champion).

Chenxing Li

Algorithm Engineer/Researcher

Chenxing Li graduated from Yao Class, Tsinghua University. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information at Tsinghua University, advised by professor Andrew Yao. Chenxing's research interests include: applied cryptography and blockchain consensus algorithm. He has won the bronze medals of Yao Award and the gold medals of the Chinese Mathematical Olympiad.

Peilun Li

System Engineer/Researcher

Peilun Li graduated from Yao Class, Tsinghua University. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information at Tsinghua University. Peilun's research interests include distributed systems and blockchain consensus algorithms. He has won first class award in the regional physics competition.

Operation Team

YuanJie Zhang

COO

YuanJie Zhang holds a BA from Fudan University, and MA from Brandeis University. Before joining the Conflux Team, Yuanjie worked at Huatai private fund of Funds, UNC endowment management company and Novus( fintech startup) in Wall Street. He has expertise in investments, capital markets and business operations. He helped the fundraising of Conflux, and he is in charge of daily operation.

Maggie

HR Manager

Many years HR experience in Internet and Blockchain.
Before joining Conflux,She worked at Huobi.

Quan Sun

Finance Manager

A well-qualified and diligent finance manager with experience and proven accomplishments building financial reporting system and controlling cash flow for star-up Company. Built outstanding teamwork and leadership strengths within a finance management team of a leading North American investment bank.

Fan Long Co-Founder
Fan Long, an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. He graduated from Tsinghua University Yao Class, and he holds Ph.D of Computer Science from MIT. His research interests include systems security, programming language, and blockchain. He is a recipient of ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Dissertation Award and MIT Best Dissertation Award. He has more than 20 publications on top computer science conferences with more than 1000 citations. He was also a competitive programmer. He won gold medals twice in International Olympiad of Informatics (2005, 2006), and ACM-ICPC Program Contest regional championship.
Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Chief Scientist
Professor Yao is a world-renowned computer scientist. He is recipient of the Turing Award in 2000 for his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a Professor and Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University. Andrew is the Chief Scientist of the Conflux Chain Foundation and will lead the theoretical design of the Conflux protocol.
Wei Xu Research Scientist
Wei Xu, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information Science(IIIS), Tsinghua University. He is also the Associate Dean of the Institute of Financial Technology of Tsinghua University and Director of the Blockchain Research Center. Professor Wei Xu’s research interests focus on cross-disciplinary research in distributed systems and machine learning. He obtained his Master and and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. He was advised by Professor David Patterson, winner of the 2017 Turing Award. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania (he also spent two years in the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University). He has won Faculty Research Awards from Google and IBM, Graduate Student Advising Award and Top-Performance Employee Award from Tsinghua University, and Beijing Teaching Pioneer Award. He has published more than 40 papers in top conferences in systems, networks, machine learning, and optical communications, etc. He won the DSN, APSys Best Paper Award. Prior to joining Tsinghua, he worked at Google headquarters and was responsible for R&D in infrastructure reliability.
Ming Wu CTO
Ming Wu is the founding member of Conflux. Before joining the Conflux Team, Ming was a senior researcher at Systems Research Group in Microsoft Research Asia. He has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of distributed systems. He designed and implemented the large-scale and highly efficient distributed machine learning systems which were applied in Microsoft products. Dr. Ming Wu graduated from University of Science and Technology of China, and he obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science in 2007. Later in 2007, he joined Microsoft Research Asia. His main research interests and research directions involve distributed transaction processing systems, graph computing engines and artificial intelligence platforms. Dr. Ming Wu has published many papers in top conferences in computer system area, such as SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, ATC, EuroSys, SoCC, VLDB, etc. He has also served as Committee Member of OSDI, ASPLOS, HotDep, and MiddleWare, and he is the publication Chair of SOSP'17.
David Chow Co-Founder
David Chow graduated from Tsinghua University Yao Class. His research interests include networking, systems, and blockchain. David was a system architect at an industry-leading automated trading firm, where he designed and optimized the infrastructures for large scale high-frequency trading. He was a competitive programmer who won gold medal in International Olympiad of Informatics, and regional championship in ACM-ICPC competition Program Contest.
Zhe Yang Core System & Infrastructure Engineer
Zhe Yang graduated from Tsinghua University (he once studied at Yao Class, and later graduated from Department of Mathematics), and he published a paper at top computer theory conference CRYPTO when he was still a senior student at Tsinghua. After graduating from Tsinghua, Zhe worked at Hulu, Face++, and Google, and has more than 7-years extensive experience in P2P streaming, AI, CDN, and Engineering Productivity. Zhe Yang was a competitive programmer who won the gold medal in the National Olympiad of Informatics and regional championship in ACM-ICPC competition Program Contest.
Yanpei Liu Core System & Infrastructure Engineer
Yanpei Liu graduated from the ACM Hornor Class of Shanghai Jiaotong University. Before joining the Conflux team, he was an investment analyst at Sequoia Capital China, where he was responsible for the analysis and investment of hard tech startups. Besides that, Yanpei is a competitive hacker. He was the finalist of Google Code Jam, Facebook Hackercup and ACM-ICPC World Finals (Gold Medal, Second Place and Asia Champion).
Chenxing Li Algorithm Engineer/Researcher
Chenxing Li graduated from Yao Class, Tsinghua University. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information at Tsinghua University, advised by professor Andrew Yao. Chenxing's research interests include: applied cryptography and blockchain consensus algorithm. He has won the bronze medals of Yao Award and the gold medals of the Chinese Mathematical Olympiad.
Peilun Li System Engineer/Researcher
Peilun Li graduated from Yao Class, Tsinghua University. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information at Tsinghua University. Peilun's research interests include distributed systems and blockchain consensus algorithms. He has won first class award in the regional physics competition.
YuanJie Zhang COO
YuanJie Zhang holds a BA from Fudan University, and MA from Brandeis University. Before joining the Conflux Team, Yuanjie worked at Huatai private fund of Funds, UNC endowment management company and Novus( fintech startup) in Wall Street. He has expertise in investments, capital markets and business operations. He helped the fundraising of Conflux, and he is in charge of daily operation.
Maggie HR Manager
Many years HR experience in Internet and Blockchain.
Before joining Conflux,She worked at Huobi.
Quan Sun Finance Manager
A well-qualified and diligent finance manager with experience and proven accomplishments building financial reporting system and controlling cash flow for star-up Company. Built outstanding teamwork and leadership strengths within a finance management team of a leading North American investment bank.