[-- Attachment #1: Type: text/plain, Size: 3323 bytes --] Dear all, We have an opening for a 3-year PhD position at University of Lille, France. The successful applicant will be funded -- including salary and (international) conference travel -- through a new French-German ANR-funded project. There will also be an opportunity to collaborate with a research team in Japan. Lille is at the heart of Europe: 45 minutes from Bruxelles, 1 hour from Paris, 1 hour and half from London. This is an important university hub that hosts the annual International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC). The start date is September 1st, but might possibly be postponed to October 1st. The PhD position is about the formal proof in Coq for shallow-embedded imperative programs and their compilation into C (more details below). Interested students should meet the following requirements: - Be interested by the topic of the PhD :-) - Have or be about to complete a Master in Computer Science or a related field (Logic, Mathematics, etc.). If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please begin by contacting us {gilles.grimaud,samuel.hym,david.nowak}@univ-lille.fr as soon as possible with the following information: - CV/Resume - A brief introduction of yourself, your scientific interests, and if you are familiar with any of the following topics: * formal proof / formal verification, * functional programming * monads * semantics ——————————————————————————————————— Summary: The topic of this PhD offer is the formal proof in Coq for shallow-embedded imperative programs and their compilation into C. More precisely, the objective is to conceive and develop formal tools to simplify code writing and proof of system software for low-end devices. Context: The Coq proof assistant [1] allows to prove properties of programs. Its language, called Gallina, is purely functional. In the Pip project [2], we have considered a monadic subset of C-like Gallina enough to formally write an OS kernel. Objectives: A first objective of this PhD is to extend the monadic subset in order to include further imperative features (such as loops, references or exceptions) that will simplify code writing and proof of system software for low-end devices. For security properties the monadic Hoare logic used for Pip will have to be extended to deal with the new imperative features. For functional properties, there are two possible directions: either use the monadic Hoare logic or monadic equational reasoning as developed in Monae [3]. The relation with FreeSpec [4] should also be investigated. A second objective is to automatically translate programs written in this monadic subset into an AST of the CompCert C verified compiler [5] and to prove formally that this translation is correct, in the sense that properties proved on the monadic subset are also true of the generated C code. [1] https://coq.inria.fr [2] http://pip.univ-lille1.fr [3] https://github.com/affeldt-aist/monae [4] https://github.com/lthms/FreeSpec [5] https://compcert.org ——————————————————————————————————— All the best, -- Gilles Grimaud, Samuel Hym, David Nowak [-- Attachment #2: Type: text/html, Size: 6666 bytes --]