Programming Languages, Formal Methods, and Software Engineering

word cloud with programming-related wordsThe growing complexity and scale of software poses formidable challenges for reliability, security, performance, and productivity. Our faculty tackle these problems by developing innovative techniques in programming language design and semantics; techniques and tools for formal verification, software testing, and automated debugging; and models and verification techniques for embedded systems that interact with physical entities.

We are known for theoretical advances such as the Actor model of concurrencyrewriting logic and related semantic frameworks; concolic testing for automated test generation; automated logic reasoning; automated inference of specifications and invariants; and control-theoretic techniques for analyzing cyberphysical systems. We have also produced widely-used tools and techniques like the Maude rewriting engine; the LLVM compiler infrastructure; the Chisel optimization system for approximate computing; the first complete formalizations of C, Java, and Javascript; regression test suite reduction techniques; and educational tools based on automated test generation (CodeHunt;Pex4Fun) that have attracted over a million users.

CS Faculty and Their Research Interests

Vikram Adve software security, programming models for heterogeneous platforms 
Gul Agha models for concurrent computation; parallel and distributed algorithms 
Elsa Gunter software engineering, programming languages, formal methods 
Darko Marinov software engineering, reliability & testing, theorem proving, model checking, rich specification languages 
Jose Meseguer formal executable specification and verification, software architecture 
Sasa Misailovic program optimization systems, approximate computing techniques
David Padua program analysis, transformation, and optimization 
Madhusudan Parthasarathy formal methods, software verification, model checking, decidable logics 
Grigore Rosu software, design, semantics and implementation of programming specification languages 
Mahesh Viswanathan algorithmic verification of cyberphysical systems 
Tao Xie software engineering, software testing, program analysis, software analytics 

Affiliate Faculty

Andrew Miller, Electrical & Computer Engineering design of secure decentralized systems and cryptocurrencies
Sayan Mitra,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
formal methods, automated reasoning 

Adjunct Faculty

Danny Dig, EECS Department, Oregon State University software engineering, general and interactive program transformations 

Programming Languages, Formal Methods, and Software Engineering Research Efforts and Groups

Seminars

Brett Daniel Software Engineering Seminar (cs591se), named in memory of Brett Daniel
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Programming Languages, Formal Methods, and Software Engineering Research News

Professor Nancy Amato

Illinois Innovators Podcast: Nancy Amato on Robotics, Security, and More

June 26, 2019   Amato discusses her research in robotics, how computer science has become even more interdisciplinary, the success of CS + X, and the upcoming Rising Stars Workshop.
Assistant Professor Sasa Misailovic

Misailovic Wins NSF CAREER Award to Develop Tools to Improve Applications That Rely on Noisy Data

May 13, 2019   Misailovic plans to investigate whether the foundation for handling noisy data can be built on static program analysis, and to develop related coursework.
Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich

The Brave Browser Launches Ads that Reward Users for Viewing

April 24, 2019  

TechCrunch -- With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking web browser startup led by Brendan Eich (MS CS '86), creator of the JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He’s long maintained that the vision is “bigger than an ad blocker.”

CS Professor Grigore Rosu

Bootstrapping in Chicago

April 23, 2019  

ChicagoInno -- "Runtime Verification, founded in 2011 and based in Urbana, is building technology that identifies problems in a company’s software. Since launching, Runtime has grown only on revenue made from its business contracts. It now employs a team of 30."

College of Engineering Awards

Illinois CS Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Research and Teaching by College of Engineering

April 15, 2019   Nahrstedt wins Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, Fleck the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, and Smaragdis and Kumar the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.