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PhD Defence: Agustín Borgna

Towards a formal compilation stack-frame in quantum computing
by Agustín Borgna
Friday 13 January 2023 at 3pm
Loria, Nancy and online

Agustin Borgna

Abstract: The advent of quantum computers capable of solving problems that are intractable on classical computers has motivated the development of new programming languages and tools for quantum computing. However, the current state of the art in quantum programming is still in its infancy.

In this thesis, we present a series of novel approaches to different aspects of the quantum compilation process based on the ZX calculus. Read more...

PhD Defence: Kostia Chardonnet

Towards a Curry-Howard Correspondence for Quantum Computation
by Kostia Chardonnet
Monday 9 January 2023 at 2pm
Salle des thèses, PCRI and online

Abstract: In this thesis, we are interested in the development of a Curry-Howard correspondence for quantum computing, allowing to represent quantum types and quantum control-flow. In the standard model of Quantum Computation, a classical computer is linked to a quantum coprocessor. The classical computer can then send instructions to allocate, update, or read quantum registers. The programs executed by the coprocessor are represented by a quantum circuit: a sequence of instructions that applies unitary operations to the input quantum bits. Read more...

PhD Defence: Glen Mével

Cosmo: a concurrent separation logic for the weak memory of Multicore OCaml
by Glen Mével
Wednesday 14 December 2022 at 2pm
Inria Paris,. 2 rue Simone Iff, Paris, Salle Lions 1, and online

Abstract: Multicore OCaml extends OCaml with support for shared-memory concurrency. It is equipped with a weak memory model, for which an operational semantics has been published. This begs the question: what reasoning rules can one rely upon while writing or verifying Multicore OCaml code?

To answer it, we instantiate Iris, a modern descendant of Concurrent Separation Logic, for Multicore OCaml. This yields a low-level program logic whose reasoning rules expose the details of the memory model. On top of it, we build a higher-level logic, Cosmo, which trades off some expressive power in return for a simple set of reasoning rules that allow accessing non-atomic locations in a data-race-free manner, exploiting the sequentially-consistent behavior of atomic locations, and exploiting the release/acquire behavior of atomic locations. Cosmo allows both low-level reasoning, where the details of the Multicore OCaml memory model are apparent, and high-level reasoning, which is independent of this memory model.

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PhD Defence: Amrita Suresh

Formal Verification of Communicating Automata
by Amrita Suresh
Monday 12 December 2022 at 2pm
Room 1Z18, ENS Paris-Saclay and online

Amrita Suresh

Abstract: Distributed systems involve processes that run independently and communicate asynchronously. While they capture a wide range of use cases and are hence, ubiquitous in our world, it is also particularly difficult to ensure their correctness.

In this thesis, we model such systems using mathematical and logical formulation, and try to verify them algorithmically. In particular, we focus on FIFO (First-In First-Out) machines, with one or more finite-state machines communicating via unbounded reliable FIFO buffers. Read more...

PhD Defence: Mathieu Hilaire

Parity games and reachability in infinite-state systems with parameters
by Mathieu Hilaire
Thursday 13 December 2022 at 9am
Room 1Z71, ENS Paris-Saclay and online

Abstract: The most standard model checking approaches are limited to verifying concrete specifications, such as “can we reach a configuration with more than 10 time units elapsing ?”. Nevertheless, for certain computer programs, like embedded systems, the constraints depend on the environment. Thus arises the need for parametric specifications, such as “can we reach a configuration with more than p time units elapsing ?” where p is a parameter which takes values in the non-negative integers.

In this thesis, we study parametric pushdown, counter and timed automata and extensions thereof. In addition to expressing concrete constraints (on the stack, on the counter or on clocks), these can employ parametric constraints. The reachability problem for a parametric automaton asks for the existence of an assignment of the parameters such that there exists an accepting run in the underlying concrete automaton. In addition to the reachability problem, we consider parametric parity games, two player games where players alternate choosing assignments for each parameters, then alternate moving a token along the configurations of the concrete automaton resulting from their choice of parameter assignment. We consider the problem of deciding which player has a winning strategy.

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Best Process-Mining Dissertation Award for Mathilde Boltenhagen

Mathilde Boltenhagen

Mathilde Boltenhagen received the Best Process Mining PhD Dissertation Award 2022 during the Fourth International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM 2022) for her thesis entitled "Process Instance Clustering based on Conformance Checking Artefacts".

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Portraits de chercheurs : Evelyne Contejean

Evelyne Contejean

Un article sur Evelyne Contejean vient de paraitre dans la rubrique Portraits de chercheurs des Actualités de l'Université Paris-Saclay.

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Portraits de chercheurs : Thomas Nowak

Thomas Nowak

Un article sur Thomas Nowak vient de paraitre sur le site de l'ENS Paris-Saclay.

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PhD Defence: Gabriel Hondet

Expressing Predicate Subtyping in Computational Logical Frameworks
by Gabriel Hondet
Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 5pm
ENS Paris-Saclay, Room 1Z14

Abstract: Safe programming as well as most proof systems rely on typing. The more a type system is expressive, the more these types can be used to encode invariants which are therefore verified mechanically through type checking procedures. Predicate subtyping extends simple type theory by allowing terms to be defined by predicates. A predicate subtype { x : A | P(x) } is inhabited by terms t of type A for which P(t) holds. This extension provides a rich and intuitive but undecidable type system.

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Prix Doctorants STIC du plateau de Saclay pour Pierre Vandenhove

Pierre Vandenhove est lauréat d'un accessit au Prix « Doctorants » du plateau de Saclay dans la domaine STIC - Sciences et Technologies de l'Information et la Communication.

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Nouveau livre : Informatique MPI

Fin août 2022, vient de sortir un nouveau livre par Thibaut Balabonski, Sylvain Conchon, Jean-Christophe Filliâtre, Kim Nguyễn, Laurent Sartre.

Il s'intitule "Informatique - MPI2/MPI - CPGE 1re et 2e années: Cours et exercices corrigés" et vise les enseignants d'informatique et les élèves des nouvelles classes préparatoires MP2I et MPI. En voici la table des matières.

En plus de son poids, il faut souligner le site lié qui fournit tous les codes et données du livre.