Biography: Nate Foster is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and a Principal Research Engineer at Barefoot Networks. The goal of his research is to develop languages and tools that make it easy for programmers to build secure and reliable systems. His current work focuses on the design and implementation of languages for programming software-defined networks. In the past he has also worked on bidirectional languages (also known as “lenses”), database query languages, data provenance, type systems, mechanized proof, and formal semantics. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, and a BA in Computer Science from Williams College. His awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Most Influential POPL Paper Award, a Tien ’72 Teaching Award, a Google Research Award, a Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement Award, a Cornell Engineering Resarch Excellence Award, and the Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff Award.
Biography: Annabelle McIver is a professor of Computer Science at Macquarie University in Sydney. Annabelle trained as a mathematician at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Her research uses mathematics to prove quantitative properties of programs, and more recently to provide foundations for quantitative information flow for analysing security properties. She is co-author of the book “Abstraction, Refinement and Proof for Probabilisic Systems”, and of the forthcoming title “The Science of Quantitative Information Flow”.
Biography: Philipp Rümmer is an Associate Professor at the IT Department of Uppsala University, Sweden. He received his PhD from Gothenburg University in 2008, and is generally interested in any kind of technology that is useful for program verification. Over the years, he has contributed to deductive verification methods (including the tools KeY and Boogie), developed software model checkers (including Eldarica and JayHorn), worked on theorem provers and SMT solvers (leading to a zoo of solvers, among others inhabited by Princess, Norn, Sloth, Ostrich, Trau, UppSAT), and investigated the application of verification methods in domains like Embedded Systems and Security. In 2013 he received the Oscar Award, Uppsala University’s most prestigious award for young researchers, and in 2014 the Best-paper Award of IJCAR.