Dr. Roger Wattenhofer joins Ambrosus as solutions architect

Ambrosus, the blockchain-based ecosystem for the food and pharmaceutical supply chain, today announced Dr. Roger Wattenhofer will join the company as a solutions architect.

The head of ETH Zurich’s Distributed Computing Group, where he is also a professor, Dr. Wattenhofer will be responsible for the company’s blockchain architecture design, including token functionality, protocol scalability, smart contracts, sensor data ‘trust,’ and user authentication and privacy.

Angel Versetti

“Ambrosus can only be successful in its mission to radically improve global supply chains by establishing a team with unmatched experience and a proven track record of execution,” co-founder and CEO Angel Versetti said. “Leading the Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zurich, one of the world’s top engineering schools, Roger has a unique combination of academic expertise, applied technical skills, and industry connections key to helping drive Ambrosus’ success.”

Founded by Mr. Versetti and Dr. Stefan Meyer, Ambrosus combines IoT sensors, blockchain technology, and smart contracts to ensure a more secure and autonomous supply chain for food and pharmaceutical products, with improved transparency processes allowing consumers to easily see where their products come from and what is really in them. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and officially endorsed by EIT Food, Ambrosus is the first blockchain project to become an official partner of the United Nations 10YFP which is responsible for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

With a strong academic and research focus on fundamental problems in computer science and information technology that have a global impact, in particular, wireless networking, wide area networking, mobile systems, social networks, and physical algorithms, Dr. Wattenhofer’s distributed computing expertise spans more than two decades. Having earned a doctorate in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 1998, he began his career at Brown University before working at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, and ultimately returning to the eighth best university in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings, as a professor.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Ambrosus team, particularly at this crucial stage in its growth,” Dr. Wattenhofer said. “This is an extraordinarily talented group of individuals building an infrastructure that was previously unthinkable. My interest has always been in solving problems with real-world impacts, and I’m excited to be helping Ambrosus do just that, particularly at this crucial stage in its growth.”

Having authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications in different areas, including Distributed Computing (e.g. PODC, SPAA, DISC), Systems & Networking (e.g. SIGCOMM, OSDI, MobiCom, MobiHoc, SenSys, IPSN, HotNets, IPTPS), and Theory of Computer Science (e.g. STOC, FOCS, SODA, ICALP), Wattenhofer was the recipient of the 2012 Winning Prize for Innovations in Distributed Computing, for “extensive contributions to the study of distributed approximation.”

Dr. Wattenhofer’s projects have also spawned startup companies, including Wuala, StreamForge, and BitSplitters. He recently published the book, “Distributed Ledger Technology: The Science of the Blockchain.”

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