[Haskell-cafe] Open PhD and intern positions at IMDEA
nikivazou at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 18:33:41 UTC 2018
I recently joined IMDEA and looking for talented Ph.D. students and interns
to work with.
My current open projects focus on how to establish Liquid Haskell
<https://ucsd-progsys.github.io/liquidhaskell-blog/> as a practical and
useful theorem prover. Ideas I would like to explore include:
*Integration with Compiler & Compiler Optimizations:* The major goal of
verification is to prove that your code satisfies certain correctness
properties. But, once your correctness properties are proved, the compiler
could use them to optimize the running times. For example properties like
associativity, map fusion, and class laws could, and should, be used for
provably correct compiler optimizations. The goal of this project is how
the Haskell compiler can automatically take full advantage of Liquid
Haskell generated proofs.
*Error Reporting:* Error messages are terrible! This is the case in most
systems that include type inference, see ghc, and Liquid Haskell is not
an exception. Recently
<https://nikivazou.github.io/static/oopsla18main-p124-p.pdf>, the idea
of using gradual types for error explanation was explored. The goal of this
project is to further explore the interaction between gradual types and
error reporting, or use further concepts, such as testing to aid error
*Interactive Proving Environment:* For theorem proving to be usable,
proof generation should be interactively directed by the prover. Towards
this goal, this project aims to investigate how existing techniques such as
tactics and interactive environments from interactive theorem provers like
Coq and Isabelle/HOL can be adapted to aid proof generation in Liquid
Haskell. At the same time, proof generation can be aided by Haskell’s code
generation infrastructures such as the automatic code derivation mechanisms.
My passion is functional programing and practical program verification, so
I am happy to discuss new research ideas in any of these directions.
If you want to apply for a Ph.D. position you are required to have an
undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a closely related area and have
strong interest in functional programming.
The IMDEA Software Institute <https://software.imdea.org/index.html> is
ranked <http://csrankings.org/#/index?plan&europe> among the best european
institutes in the areas of Programming Languages and Computer Security.
Located in the Montegancedo Science and Technology Park
perfectly combines the sunny and vibrant city of Madrid with cutting edge
research and competitive salaries.
How to apply?
To apply send me an email at niki.vazou at imdea.org with your CV and submit
an online application at IMDEA’s open positions
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