Discover the Lightcurve Team Part 1
This is the first of a series of articles that feature some members of the Lightcurve team. Each article will cover members of a specific sector of the project.
The first area we are dealing with is science, which includes the scientists Jan Hackfeld, Andreas Kendziorra and Iker Alustiza.
Before joining the Lightcurve Team, Jan attended a doctorate in Distributed Algorithms and Optimization. Then he started working as a Cryptographer at Lightcurve. He is now working to find ways to improve different aspects of the current Lisk protocol. Jan has achieved a Master of Science in Mathematics from RWTH Aachen and now is a graduate student at the TU of Berlin.
As we wrote few days ago in the article about the Lightcurve’s Proposal for a Byzantine Fault Tolerance Consensus Algorithm, he recently released a blog post where he described the main features and benefits of this proposal. By means of this new consensus algorithm, delegates could not only forge blocks, but also vote on the correct block at every height. This makes it so a block is never reverted, assuming a certain fraction of honest delegates.
Before joining the Lisk team, he worked in mathematics research and public key cryptography. His activities included traffic modeling, simulation, as well as surveillance and developing software in the automotive industry. He thinks that Lisk can be a valid tool for all those who want to easily create secure dApps.
As a researcher at this university he has collaborated on important publications such as “Invertible Matrices over Finite Additively Idempotent Semirings”, “Finite simple additively idempotent semirings” and “The application of a characterization of adjunctions”.
Iker grew up in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque region of Spain. Before joining the Lisk team, he worked for several years as a Software Engineer and Content Developer at MATLAB and Simulink-maker MathWorks. After discovering Bitcoin and its revolutionary idea of blockchain, he began taking part in various blockchain projects as a hobby. Iker holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Telecommunications Engineering, as well as a Doctorate of Engineering from TECNUN, University of Navarra in Spain. His PhD thesis, regarding low complexity/low delay coding schemes for communications, was awarded Cum Laude.
Recently Iker added the Dynamic Fees LIP to the mailing list; this proposal consists of setting up a minimum fee for every transaction, removing the fixed fee for all transaction types. Any transactions received with a fee below that minimum fee will be rejected. For each transaction, it will be up to the issuer to choose an appropriate transaction fee depending on the network load, which has to be at least the minimum transaction fee.