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James Larus is Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Prior to joining IC in October 2013, Larus was a researcher, manager, and director in Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an assistant and associate professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Since March 2020, James has co-led the DP3T decentralized privacy-preserving contract tracing project, which proposed the protocol adopted by Google and Apple for their Exposure Notification system, one the basis for most COVID-19 contract tracing apps throughout the world. DP3T also built the Swiss app, SwissCovid.