UW CSE’s Programming
Languages and Software Engineering group advances fundamental
research and practical applications
( GitHub) in programming
environments, program analysis, language design, synthesis,
compilers, testing, verification, and security. We have strong
ties to the Sampa
group, Cray, Microsoft Research, NVIDIA, AT&T, and others.
Congrats to 2018 Ali,
Ras and their
collaborators for their paper on the TPS
project accepted in the Cell Reports journal!
for their papers at
Congrats to 2018 Sarah,
Ras and their
collaborators for their paper on scraping distributed web data at
2018 Zach taught
distributed system verification at the
DeepSpec Summer School
2018 Emina and
Mike gave two
ISSTA in Amsterdam!
Zach and their
collaborators presented their paper on Tools for Floating-Point
Computations at FM in Oxford, UK!
2018 Zach gave the
The Coq Workshop in Oxford, UK!
UW PLSE students had several great talks and papers at PLDI!
2018 Pavel on VizAssert,
Alex on Herbgrind, and
on modular verification of distributed Systems!
Congrats to 2018 Shumo,
and their collaborators for their paper on SQL semantics in
Congrats to the 2018 Herbie team
for releasing Herbie 1.2!
2018 Zach and
Dan just received an
NSF grant to continue their
work on PL foundations for 3D printing.
for graduating with PhDs! 🎓
June 1 Congrats
to 2018 Calvin,
for Distinguished Paper at ICSE’18
Zach's paper on
Functional Programming for Compiling and Decompiling CAD has been accepted to ICFP 2018!
Congrats to 2018 Sam and
his collaborators for their
SecDev 2018 paper on Checked C!
Congrats to 2018 Martin and
Mike for their
ISSTA 2018 papers!
2018 Jared's ASPLOS 2017
UCSB collaborators was selected as an
IEEE Micro Top Pick!
Congrats to 2018 John and
Dan for their
ECOOP 2018 paper!
Congrats to 2018 Jared,
Steven, Josh, Logan,
for their MAPL 2018 paper!
Congrats to 2018 Eric,
and their collaborators for their CAV, ITP and FM 2018 papers!
2018 Joe won a
Congrats to 2018 Max for receiving an
NSF Honorable mention!
Congrats to 2018 Andy Ko for being recognized with the ICSE 2018 10-year most influential paper award!
Make sure to submit to 2018 PNW PLSE 2018!
2018 James Wilcox's
article in CACM on
Highlights in Systems Verification!
2018 James Wilcox
presenting VerifiedFT at
Congrats to 2018 Michael Ernst
for earning the
ISSTA 2018 Impact Paper Award!
Congrats to 2018 Pavel,
and their coauthors on PLDI’18 acceptances.
Come see the talks in Philly!
2018 Joe is giving a
TED talk on
2018 Œuf is now open source. Check it out on GitHub!
2018 Zach won an NSF CAREER award!
2018 James Bornholt receives a 2018 Facebook Fellowship.
2018 James Wilcox
will have a paper at
VerifiedFT: A Verified, High-Performance Dynamic Race Detector
Dec 11 Congrats to 2017 Amanda and Andy for their acceptance of their paper "Rewire: Interface Design Assistance from Examples" to CHI '18.
UW PLSE will be out in force at 2017 POPL 2018!
We have three papers at POPL:
We also have two papers at CPP:
And one at OBT!
See you in Los Angeles!
2017 Mangpo will
be giving a talk on her work High-Coverage Hint Generation for Racket Programming Assignments
with Berkeley colleagues at
2017 Rashmi Mudduluru will
be giving a talk on her work Lasso Detection Using Partial State Caching
with MSR colleagues at
Sept 7 2017 Andy just received a grant to investigate different programming strategies together with Thomas LaToza. Congrats, Andy and Thomas, and we're excited to see the results of the work.
Aug 11 Congrats on 2017 OOPSLA'17 acceptances for Talia (for Iorek), Sarah and Ras (for Ringer), and Dan and UW PLSE alumnus Ben Wood (on dynamic race detection). Jul 31 Congrats to 2017 Julie for her Onward! 2017 paper on Internet of Things automation.
Jul 22 2017 Joe's YOLO9000 just won Best Paper Honorable Mention at CVPR’2017!
Jul 19 2017 Cosette, by UW PLSE members Shumo, Konstantin, Chenglong, and Alvin, has just been released! Check out this automatic way to check whether SQL queries are equivalent.
Jul 11 At this year's 2017 ICSE, Mike won the Most Influential Paper Award, along with coauthors Carlos Pacheco, Shuvendu K. Lahiri, and Thomas Ball, for Feedback-Directed Random Test Generation, published ten years ago. Congratulations, Mike!
Jun 26 2017 Martin and Calvin were grand finalists in the ACM's 2017 Student Research Competition—Martin took 3rd in the undergrad category and Calvin 3rd in the graduate category. Congrats to both of them, and to Mike, who advises both of them.
Jun 9 Congratulations to 2017 Max and Vincent for winning a 2017 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their project on domain-specific reconfigurable accelerators! This is Vincent's second QIF win.
Jun 2 Congratulations 2017 Alex, who just defended his Ph.D! Alex will graduate at the end of the quarter and begin working on combining program synthesis with deep learning to improve programming productivity and AI capabilities.
May 1UW PLSE has two papers in 2017 ICFP 2017! Congratulations to Jared and his collaborators for their paper on Lean, and to Konstantin, Steven, Emina, Mike, Zach, and their collaborator Stefan for their paper on SpaceSearch!
May 1 2017 Herbie 1.1 has been released. Good work, Pavel, Jason, Alex, and Zach!
Apr 27 2017 Mike is giving an invited talk at ETAPS 2017, discussing his work on using natural langauge processessing to understand non-semantic portions of code. Do not miss it!
Apr 25 You cannot miss 2017 Joe’s talk, at TED 2017. Tech.co called Joe one of the five most notable TED speakers this year, next to Elon Musk and Serena Williams.
Apr 24 Congratulations to 2017 Chandrakana, Dan, and their coauthors for their paper, “Debugging Probabilistic Programs”, at MAPL 2017.
Apr 18 Congratulations to 2017 Alvin and Emina on receiving CAREER awards from the NSF.
Apr 15 Remy (Yisu) Wang, Zhen Zhang, and Rashmi Mudduluru will be joining UW PLSE next year. Welcome! 2017
Apr 15 Congrats to 2017 Ryan and Luke, who have chosen graduate schools where they will pursue their PhDs. Ryan's going to Cornell, while Luke is staying here at UW!
Apr 12 Congratulations to 2017 Sarah and Mangpo for their paper, “Data-Driven Synthesis of Full Probabilistic Programs”, at CAV 2017.
Mar 7 Congratulations to 2017 Konstantin on passing his Ph.D. Defense! Konstantin will graduate at the end of the quarter and move on to applying his research on verifying network configuration at the Google networking team.
Mar 3 2017 Joe’s YOLO9000 has been accepted to CVPR’17: better, faster, strong object detection with a single net.
Feb 24 Congratulations 2017 John, Dan, James, Zach, Ras, Mangpo, Nate, Chandrakana, and Mike, their coauthors, and the several UW PLSE alumni on their accepted papers to SNAPL’17!
Feb 13 2017 James and Emina's paper on memory model synthesis;
Shumo, Konstantin, and Alvin's paper on HoTTSQL; Chenglong, Alvin, and Ras's paper on SQL query synthesis; and Grigory, Maaz, and Ras's work on static parallelization have all been accepted to PLDI 17! Congratulations!
Feb 3 2017 Zach gave a talk at the University of Utah on floating point at the University of Washington: Herbie, Herbgrind, and FPBench.
Jan 16 Congratulations 2017 Mike on winning the ICSE 2017 Most Influential Paper award for his work on feedback-directed random test generation.
Jan 16 2017 Jared helped give a tutorial on his work adding native compilation to the LEAN theorem prover. Check it out!
Jan 1 2017 Sam's boat Bravo Zulu was named a Top 10 sailboat for 2016 by 48° North magazine. Congratulations! Did you know Seattle's one of the few places in the US where you can sail year-round?
Dec 14 2016 Evaluating & improving fault localization techniques was accepted to ICSE 2017. It's by Spencer Pearson, ex-postdoc René Just (now at UMass), Michael Ernst, Deric Pang, Benjamin Keller, and their colleagues at Sheffield and Porto.
Dec 9 2016 Melissa Galloway was featured in UW CSE's Undergrad Spotlight.
Dec 9 Congratulations to 2016 Chris Mackie and Nate Yazdani, honorable mentions for 2017 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers!
Nov 17 2016 Calvin Loncaric and Spencer Pearson were 1st- and 3rd-place graduate students, and Martin Kellogg and Chris Mackie were 1st- and 3rd-place undergraduate students, in the FSE student research competition
Nov 4 Congratulations to Helgi Sigurbjarnarson, 2016 James Bornholt, Emina Torlak, and Xi Wang for winning best paper "Push-Button Verification of File Systems via Crash Refinement" at OSDI 2016!
Nov 1 2016 Andy Ko gave a keynote A human view of programming languages at SPLASH 2016
Oct 5 2016 Luke will present a poster on his and Jared's work on bootstrapping a secure eBPF compiler in Coq at OSDI 2016!
Sep 18 2016 Emina Torlak gave the keynote at RacketCon2016
Aug 30 2016 Chandrakana and Mike's work on program analyses for smart home security has been accepted to PLAS 2016!
Aug 19 UW had eight (!) papers accepted to the 2016 FSE 2016 Student Research Competition. Congratulations to Waylon Huang, Wing Lam, Calvin Loncaric, Martin Kellogg, Chris Mackie, Chandrakana Nandi, Spencer Pearson, Joe Santino. Their advisor is Michael Ernst.
Aug 3 Congratulations to everyone accepted to 2016 OOPLSA 2016! Cassius, Bagpipe, Ringer, and Calvin’s work with Samsung Research America
Jul 27 2016 Ivan a UW alum, Yuriy a UW postdoc alum, Patty, and Mike's paper, Debugging Distributed Systems appeared in CACM August 2016 issue!
Jul 25 2016 Talia, Franzi, and Dan's paper, "AUDACIOUS: User-Driven Access Control with Unmodified Operating Systems" to appear in ACM CCS 2016!
Jul 20 2016 Staccato won both the Distinguished Artifact and Distinguished Poster awards at ECOOP 2016. Congrats, John and Dan!
Jul 5 PLSE swept the best student paper awards at 2016 SYNT 2016! Maaz and Alvin won for their work on verified lifting for data processing; Julie came in second for her work on synthesis for robot motion planning.
Jun 21 2016 Ras wins an Influential Paper Award from ISCA for his 2001 paper Focusing Processor Policies via Critical-Path Prediction.
May 9 2016 Konne will be presenting Bagpipe's BGP formalization in Brazil at NetPL 16.
May 7 Recent PLSE alum and soon-to-be Cornell professor 2016 Adrian Sampson won UW CSE's William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award!
May 4 2016 Alvin won the DoE Early Career Award!
Apr 25 2016 Alvin and his collaborators from MIT, Stanford, and Barefoot Networks' work on programmable switches was accepted to SIGCOMM 2016.
Apr 18 2016 Ivan, Patty, Yuriy, and Mike's paper on Debugging distributed systems is the cover story in the March/April 2016 issue of ACM Queue.
Apr 17 2016 Mike, Alberto, Alessandra, and Mauro's paper on Automatic generation of oracles for exceptional behaviors was accepted to ISSTA 2016.
Apr 16 2016 Mike, Damiano, Massimo, and Fausto's paper on Semantics for locking specifications was accepted to NFM 2016.
Apr 15 2016 Neutrons was accepted to CAV'16. If you're there, come to the talk to learn about verifying a neutron therapy machine.
Mar 29 Congratulations to 2016 Talia Ringer and Amanda Swearngin for winning NSF graduate fellowships!
Mar 1 2016 John and Dan's paper on Staccato, a bug finder for dynamic configuration updates, and Chenglong's paper on API adaptation will appear at ECOOP 2016!
Feb 29 2016 YOLO has been accepted to CVPR'16. Congrats to Joe!
Feb 26 2016 Xi's work on undefined behavior detection appears in this month's Communications of the ACM.
Feb 23 2016 Emina Torlak won the AITO Dahl-Nygaard prize and the Sloan Fellowship!
Jan 20 We have three papers accepted to 2016 PLDI 2016: Calvin, Emina, and Mike’s data structure synthesis with Cozy; Eric, Daryl, Zach, and Dan’s verified peephole optimizations with Peek; and Alvin's verified lifting of stencils with STNG.
Jan 19 2016 Mike and Javier's paper on Locking discipline inference and checking was accepted to ICSE 2016.
Jan 11 2016 Konstantin Weitz was a finalist for the Facebook Fellowship Program!
Dec 21 2015 Pavel Panchekha won the Adobe Research Fellowship. Congrats!
Dec 17 2015 Daryl Zuniga won the prestigious UW Mary Gates Scholarship and an Honorable Mention for the CRA Undergraduate Research Award!
Dec 4 Our paper on 2015 verifying Raft in Verdi will appear at CPP 2016!
Nov 17 PLSE has 2015 four papers accepted to ASPLOS’16: approximate image and video storage, scalable superoptimization, DNA-based storage, and formal specifications for file system crash-consistency. See you in Atlanta!
Nov 17 2015 Alvin Cheung won MIT's George M. Sprowls Award for outstanding PhD theses in computer science!
Oct 5 2015 James, Emina, Dan, and Luis’s paper on optimizing program synthesis with metasketches has been accepted to POPL 2016.
Sep 17 2015 Sam just won the Lockheed Martin Award for Best Engineering Project at the Young Software Engineer Awards. Woohoo! Aug 3 PLSE sent four papers to 2015 OOPSLA this year: on object-oriented constraint solving, constraint programming, synthesis of layout engines, and a framework for synthesis.
Jul 20 The PLSE group has 2015 five papers accepted to ASE’15: evaluating test generation, handling reflection in static analysis, Crust, history granularity transformations, and dynamic race detection. Don’t miss it!
Jun 27 2015 Timelapse has been accepted to UIST’15. Come find out about diffing web interfaces.
Jun 16 The 2015 Herbie and Verdi projects killed it at PLDI’15. Didn't make the talks? Check out the project pages.
May 7 The 2015 Herbie paper won Distinguished Paper at PLDI. Make sure you go see the talk!
May 4 UW PLSE at 2015 SNAPL’15: a dependency case language for a neutron therapy machine, and hardware-software co-design!
Apr 7 2015 Ras Bodik is joining UW PLSE. We're so incredibly excited to work with him!
Mar 31 Congrats 2015 Doug Woos and Pavel Panchekha, two students in UW PLSE, who just became NSF fellows.
Jan 18 2015 Verso presenting first steps toward low-level optimizations in CompCert, at CoqPL’15.