Pramod Viswanath


Coordinated Sciences Laboratory
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Room 118, Coordinated Sciences Lab
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61822

Phone: 217 244 8999


My research interests are in a first principle understanding and design of blockchains.

Current: Full Stack Design of Blockchain Technologies

  • Research Manifesto: Distributed Payment Systems: Principles and Design. [PDF]
  • Prism: a consensus algorithm that meets information theoretic limits on throughput, latency, reliability -- a roughly 3 order improvement over Bitcoin, while maintaining same security guarantees. [Paper] [Short Video]
  • Polyshard: a coded sharding architecture for scalable storage in blockchains; brings up the role of coding theory for distributed computations in blockchains.
  • Spider: an off-chain networking stack bringing best practices of data networking (routing with cycles!) to blockchains.
  • Dandelion: redesigning Bitcoin networking for anonymity. Network-level anonymity properties in Bitcoin. [Short Video]
  • Incentives: equitable designs for proof of stake blockchains.

  • Past: Wireless Communication

    I have worked actively in wireless communications for well over a decade, with research involving building models to designing algorithms to system solutions to entrepreneurial and industrial implementations. I am partial to the theoretical and conceptual aspects of the problems I work on. I was one of the early designers of Flash-OFDM, the first OFDM based cellular system (at Flarion Technologies) and coauthored a popular book on wireless communication.