[Haskell-cafe] Open PhD and intern positions at IMDEA

Niki Vazou nikivazou at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 18:33:41 UTC 2018

Hi Haskellers,

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
<https://software.imdea.org/contact_and_directions/building.html> it
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

Niki Vazou
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