Sebastian Müller is joining the IOTA Research team as an independent researcher. In this role, he will study the impact of randomness in various parts of the IOTA protocol. At the moment he is a professor at the department of mathematics, Aix-Marseille Université, France. The main focus of his research lies in the field of stochastic processes and their applications.

Sebastian Müller obtained his PhD in mathematics with “summa cum laude” from the University of Münster in 2007 and obtained his Habilitation in Mathematics from the University Aix-Marseille in 2018. In his career, he worked and lived in five different countries, won over 10 prizes and grants, and published over 20 research articles.

On joining IOTA

Randomness is ubiquitous in most aspects of life. The right amount of randomness enables systems to adapt to environmental changes and stressors. IOTA technologies already use the power of randomness at various parts, notably in the construction of the Tangle. At the present moment, validations of transactions in the IOTA Tangle still depend on a centralized and non-random coordinator. The current Coordicide project aims to eventually remove the Coordinator and replace it with a decentralized validation protocol. I’m really excited to join the IOTA Research Team and to contribute to finding the optimal amount of randomness in a coordinator-free IOTA leading to a secure, scalable, and decentralized DLT.

We are very happy officially announcing Sebastian Müller joining the project, his experience in various aspects of probability theory and statistics are a great asset to the IOTA foundation. The intersection between theoretical research and applied science is one key to bring IOTA towards a production-ready standardized protocol. Give him a warm welcome!


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