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Research Group Leaders

Gernot Heiser Gernot Heiser Senior Principal Researcher; Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair, UNSW

Gernot's main research interests are in operating systems, especially microkernel-based systems, and their use in embedded systems, OS security and robustness issues, energy/power management, real-time systems and virtualization. Other interests include computer architecture, especially architectural support for operating systems.

Len Bass Len Bass Senior Principal Researcher; Conjoint Professor, UNSW

My research interests center around software architecture and its applications. Over the years, this has ranged from architecture evaluation, design, and documentation to supporting usability through software architecture to requirements elicitation to help define the software architecture to global software development to defining architecture related security controls for the smart grid. Currently, I am interested in the problem of creating trusted connectors within an architecture.

Research Leaders

Alan Fekete Alan Fekete Senior Principal Researcher; Professor, USyd

Software engineering, enterprise systems, cloud computing

Gerwin Klein Gerwin Klein Senior Principal Researcher; Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW

Gerwin's research interest is in Formal Methods, more specifically in interactive theorem proving, software verification, and semantics of programming languages. Generally, he wants software systems to be dependable, and thinks that formal specification and proof can make a very significant contribution towards that goal.

Guido Governatori Guido Governatori Senior Principal Researcher; Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology

Guido's research interests include non-classical logics, non-monotonic reasoning, formal models of normative reasoning, and their applications to business process modelling. A basic guideline of my research is to investigate conceptually sound formal models and methods grounded on understood principles of the underlying (application) phenomena, and with the aim of providing logic-based computationally oriented solutions.

John Grundy John Grundy Senior Principal Researcher; Professor of Software Engineering and Dean, School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology

software methods and tools automated software engineering model-driven engineering software security engineering visual languages and tools user interfaces software engineering education

Kevin Elphinstone Kevin Elphinstone Principal Researcher; Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Small operating system kernels and the infrastructure required to support larger systems upon them. His current focus includes secure embedded operating systems suitable for formal verification, and for being the basis of secure systems for embedded devices. He also has interests in componentised operating systems, operating systems in general, security, real-time systems, computer architecture as it pertains to operating systems, and virtualisation.

Liming Zhu Liming Zhu Principal Researcher; Conjoint Academic, UNSW

Liming's research interests include software architecture, dependable systems and operations, DevOps, software ecosystems and service/cloud engineering.

Peter Baumgartner Peter Baumgartner Principal Researcher

Advancement of automated deduction, in particular first-order logic theorem proving; applications for software verification, knowledge representation, and business rules/process analysis; exploiting connections into related areas such as logic programming, description logics and nonmonotonic reasoning.

Researchers

Badiul Islam Badiul Islam Researcher

Artificial Intelligence, Defeasible Logic, Knowledge Representation, Business Process Compliance, Legal Representation, Privacy, Social Media and Web 2.0

Brian Lam Brian Lam Researcher

Brian's research interests include non-monotonic reasoning, formal models of normative reasoning, and their applications. A basic guideline of my research is to improve the computational complexity of defeasible reasoning (with different variants) and their applications in different domains, such as UAV navigation, business process compliance, etc.

Carroll Morgan Carroll Morgan Senior Principal Researcher; Professor, UNSW

Formal methods; semantics; security; program correctness; probability.

Daniel Sun Daniel Sun Researcher

Cloud Computing, System Reliability, Energy Efficiency, Resource Management in Large Scale Parallel and Distributed Systems, Networking, Modelling and Optimization, Operation Research

David Greenaway David Greenaway Researcher

David is currently researching how formal verification of low-level C code can be simplified, using automatic specification abstraction in Isabelle/HOL.

Franck Cassez Franck Cassez Principal Researcher; Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW

Franck's research interests include software verification techniques, static analysis, model-checking, SMT-solvers, as well as infinite state systems, verification and control of timed systems, timed logics or worst-case execution time.

Gabi Keller Gabi Keller Principal Researcher; Associate Professor, UNSW

Programming Languages Type Systems Domain specific languages Parallel Computing GPGPU

Ihor Kuz Ihor Kuz Senior Researcher; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Ihor's research interests include operating systems and distributed systems. With regards to operating systems, he focuses on the design of flexible and modular operating systems, as well as security and safety properties of such systems. In distributed systems, he is interested in distributed system middleware, supporting services, and management of distributed resources.

Ingo Weber Ingo Weber Senior Researcher; Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW

Cloud computing; Systems Operations; Business Process Management; Artificial Intelligence / AI Planning

June Andronick June Andronick Senior Researcher; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

June's main research interest is in formal verification and certification of software systems, and more precisely in formal proof of correctness and security properties of programs using interactive theorem proving.

Kai Engelhardt Kai Engelhardt Senior Researcher; Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Kai's research mostly attempts to refute the third sentence of the following proverb of unknown (?) origin. "The problem with engineers is that they cheat in order to get results. The problem with mathematicians is that they work on toy problems in order to get results. The problem with program verifiers is that they cheat on toy problems in order to get results."

Leonid Ryzhyk Leonid Ryzhyk Researcher

Leonid's research interests are centred around the use of formal techniques for building better operating systems.

Ma Chen Ma Chen Research Assistant

Operating systems, real-time computer graphics and shader design, algorithm design and analysis, computer vision. Researching into efficient, scalable and accurate methods for real-time subsurface diffusion.

Marcello La Rosa Marcello La Rosa Principal Researcher; Associate Professor

Marcello's research interests embrace different topics in the area of Business Process Management (BPM), such as process modelling, process mining and automation and risk-aware BPM. He has a major interest in the management of variability in process-aware information systems and recently in the management of large process model collections. Other interests include the analysis and design of Service Oriented Architectures.

Michael Norrish Michael Norrish Principal Researcher

Michael is interested in the use of mathematics and logic to help in the specification and development of computer hardware and software. He is interested both in working on specific applications projects in this area, and in the development of tools to make all such projects easier to work on.

Paul Bannerman Paul Bannerman Researcher

Paul's research interests include software and systems technology adoption and utilisation (such as cloud computing), risk management, project management, software engineering governance, organisational capabilities in software engineering and the alignment of software engineering practices with organisational needs and objectives. He supervise thesis students (Masters and PhD) in these and related research areas.

Peter Höfner Peter Höfner Senior Researcher

Peter's research interests are Formal Methods, more specifically he is interested in methods for describing software systems, in particular distributed and concurrent systems such as routing protocols or hybrid systems. For analysing and verifying these techniques he uses algebraic techniques such as process algebra and semirings. Moreover he tries to use off-the-shelf verification tools (automated theorem provers, model checkers) to automate the developed approaches.

Ralf Huuck Ralf Huuck Principal Researcher

Rami Mukhtar Rami Mukhtar Senior Researcher

Developing software systems that enable machine learning techniques to be applied to big data assets in order to solve problems for enterprise. Currently building on the Hadoop software stack to solve problems in financial services, including: propensity modelling, classification, recommendation and clustering.

Robert van Glabbeek Robert van Glabbeek Senior Principal Researcher; Conjoint Professor, UNSW

Rob strives to create and study comprehensive models and theories of concurrent processes, thereby answering fundamental questions such as: which problems can be solved in a distributed way, using only asynchronous communication, and which cannot. These insights are applied to the modelling, verification and analysis of distributed systems, in particular to popular routing protocols in wireless mesh networks.

Ross Jeffery Ross Jeffery Senior Principal Researcher; Emeritus Professor, UNSW

Ross' current research interests lie in software development process modelling and improvement, software cost modelling and estimation, software metrics and systems adaptation.

Sherry Xu Sherry Xu Researcher

Sherry (Xiwei Xu) is interested in software architecture, including architecture adaptation, evolution, quality attributes, and business process, including modeling, adaption, and management. Her current research topics include cloud computing, system operation, dependability etc.

Simon Kaplan Simon Kaplan QRL Lab Director

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Adaptive Enterprise Systems, Complex Systems, Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, (some) Algorithms and Data Structures relevant to the other stuff.

Toby Murray Toby Murray Senior Researcher; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW

Toby's research interests broadly concern the application of formal methods to enable the cost-effective development of reliable and secure software.

Vincent Gramoli Vincent Gramoli Researcher

Distributed Computing

Yao Shi Yao Shi Researcher; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW

Yao is interested in operating system analysis, compiler optimizations, concurrent program analysis and software reliability. He was a developer of Open64 compiler and has rich experience on the internals of mainstream compilers.

Technical Support Staff

Adnene Guabtni Adnene Guabtni Senior Research Engineer

Adnene's research interests include Service Oriented Computing, Business Process Management, Cloud Computing, Business Intelligence, Software Engineering and Web Information technologies.

Adrian Danis Adrian Danis Research Engineer

Adrian is interested in the development of operating systems, especially when it involves micro-kernels, Intel architecture and virtualization.

Alexander Kroh Alexander Kroh Research Engineer

Embedded systems; Computer architecture; Devices and device drivers.

Corey Lewis Corey Lewis Research Engineer

Corey's research interests include formal methods, functional programming and program verification. He is also interested in mathematically analysing graph models of large real world networks.

David Cock David Cock Research Engineer

My current research area is metrics and countermeasures for side-channel leaks in componentized secure systems. My previous research areas include: High-performance architectural simulation, Domain-specific languages, Theorem Prover performance and automation, Kernel development, Verified software

Dean Garden Dean Garden Research Assistant

Dean's current research interests include formal verification of operating systems, in particular the whole-system assurance of systems running on top of the seL4 microkernel.

Japheth Lim Japheth Lim Intern

Joel Beeren Joel Beeren Research Engineer

Joel's research interests include the application of formal mathematical principles (especially number theoretic concepts) to computing design, as well as the use of formal methods in operating systems.

John Judge John Judge Senior Research Engineer

Dr John Judge is a senior research engineer in SSRG and works with the Broadband and Digital Economy business group. His research interests include and home and zeroconf networking.

Peter Chubb Peter Chubb Principal Research Engineer; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Peter's research interests include operating system algorithms for scalability, including storage, scheduling, memory management, and locking. He is also interested in systems performance measurement and optimisation. Related hobbies include music, photography and fine wines, these also occasionally lead to research.

Rabia Chaudry Rabia Chaudry Research Assistant

Continuous availability, predictive analysis, machine learning, decision support systems.

Robert Sison Research Engineer

Siwei Zhuang Siwei Zhuang Research Assistant

Operating System internals, Device drivers and Embedded System Architecture.

Xin Gao Xin Gao Research Engineer

symbolic computation and fourier analysis.

Yutaka Nagashima Yutaka Nagashima Research Assistant

Yutaka's research interests include proof assistants, programming languages, concurrent and parallel programming.

Zilin Chen Zilin Chen Research Assistant

Functional programming, type theory, compilers, Embedded DSLs.

Research Students

Aaron Carroll Aaron Carroll PhD Student
Supervised by Gernot Heiser

Aaron works on smartphone energy management, and is primarily interested in how multi-core applications processors can be used to reduce energy consumption when combined with well-established techniques such as frequency/voltage scaling. He also works on understanding how energy is consumed within smartphones, using physical instrumentation and measurement on real-world devices. Recently, Aaron has been exploring techniques which exploit multi-core CPUs to improve sequential performance.

Adam Christopher Walker Adam Christopher Walker PhD Student
Supervised by Leonid Ryzhyk

Adam is interested in using formal techniques to synthesize device drivers from existing device specifications. This approach will dramatically reduce the number of operating system faults caused by drivers as well as driver development time.

Adel Alqahtani Adel Alqahtani PhD Student
Supervised by Len Bass

Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking.

Alexander Legg Alexander Legg PhD Student
Supervised by Leonid Ryzhyk

Alex is currently working on improving the performance of device driver synthesis by applying results from the satisfiability community. His interests lie in the area of applying formal methods to real world problems.

Andrew Boyton Andrew Boyton PhD Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Andrew is interested in proving computer programs to work the way that they should. Currently he is proving initialisation code that sets up the user level programs that run on seL4.

Anna Lyons Anna Lyons PhD Student
Supervised by Gernot Heiser

Anna is a PHD student working on converting seL4 to a real-time operating system for mixed-criticality systems. An example of a mixed-criticality system is a autonomous helicopter. To do this, seL4 requires a real-time scheduler with mixed-criticality support, a real-time API, primitives for trusted real-time locking, and capabilities for managing CPU time.

Daniel Matichuk Daniel Matichuk PhD Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Daniel is interested in interactive theorem provers and proof automation. His current work is in increasing the scalability and maintainability of formal machine-checked proofs through refactoring.

Dongyao Wu Dongyao Wu PhD Student
Supervised by Liming Zhu

Distributed Systems, Big Data Processing, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning

Eddie Li Eddie Li PhD Student
Supervised by Rainbow Cai

Zheng Li's main research interests include Empirical Software Engineering (Software Cost/Effort Estimation), Web Service Composition, and Cloud computing (Evaluation of Commercial Cloud Services).

Jan-Christoph Kuester Jan-Christoph Kuester PhD Student
Supervised by Peter Baumgartner

Jan's research interests include runtime verification, (first order) temporal logics, automata theory, formal methods, software and systems engineering for safety and security critical embedded systems, and especially android security.

Joshua Bax Joshua Bax PhD Student
Supervised by Peter Baumgartner

Josh's research area is Automated Reasoning, in particular with First-Order Logic applied to finite domains and data structures typically found in verification of software systems.

Liam O'Connor-Davis Liam O'Connor-Davis PhD Student
Supervised by Gabi Keller

Programming Languages and Systems, Type Theory, Category Theory, Concurrent and Distributed Systems, Functional Programming and Formal Verification.

Mahboobeh Moghaddam Mahboobeh Moghaddam PhD Student
Supervised by Anna Liu

Web Service Composition, Web Service Selection, Automated Negotiation, Combinatorial Auctions

Matthew Fernandez Matthew Fernandez PhD Student
Supervised by Ihor Kuz

Matthew's research interests are in the application of formal methods to large software systems, and in componentised systems and proofs.

Matthew Sladescu Matthew Sladescu PhD Student
Supervised by Anna Liu

Adaptive and Self Managing Systems; Cloud Computing; Software Architecture, and User Interface Design

Min Fu Min Fu PhD Student
Supervised by Liming Zhu

Cloud Computing, Software Architecture, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis, Object-Oriented Programming

Mohammad Abdulaziz Mohammad Abdulaziz PhD Student
Supervised by Michael Norrish

I am interested in Interactive theorem proving. My PhD project is about mechanizing optimality properties in SAT based planning algorithms.

Mostafa Farshchi Mostafa Farshchi PhD Student
Supervised by Unknown

Cloud Dependability, Cloud Process Operations, Process Mining.

Mustafa Hashmi Mustafa Hashmi PhD Student
Supervised by Guido Governatori

I am interested in Automation and Analysis of Business Process, Business Rules Compliance Management, Defeasible Logic, Non-monotonic Reasoning and their applications to solve complex problems in Large Scale Enterprises.

Nazrina Khurshid PhD Student
Supervised by Paul Bannerman

Software development process improvement, sustainment model, systems adoption and development of organisational capabilities

Paul Rimba Paul Rimba PhD Student
Supervised by Liming Zhu

Paul's research interests include security, software architecture, security patterns, capability-based systems and application design.

Qian Ge Qian Ge PhD Student
Supervised by Gernot Heiser

Qian is a second year PhD student who is working on eliminating timing side channels from seL4 with lightweight countermeasures. Qian is supervised by Prof. Gernot Heiser and Dr. Kevin Elphinstone.

Sidney Amani Sidney Amani PhD Student
Supervised by Toby Murray

Sidney's research focuses on finding a practical approach to make file systems amenable to a functional correctness proof formalised in an interactive theorem prover. His previous research includes developing a framework to automatically verify device drivers interactions with the rest of the operating system.

Simone Scannapieco PhD Student
Supervised by Guido Governatori

My research interests include non-monotonic reasoning applied to legal reasoning and business process compliance. In particular, the aim of my actual research is finding conditions and methodologies to automatically revise a non-compliant business process in case of breaches of norms or not fulfillment of some internal goals, in order to obtain both norm and goal compliance at the end of the revision process.

Thomas Sewell Thomas Sewell PhD Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Thomas is interested in program verification, programming languages and operating systems. His PhD thesis is to prove that compilation preserves the properties proved of the source code in projects such as L4.verified.

Yanyan Shen Yanyan Shen PhD Student
Supervised by Kevin Elphinstone

Yanyan is currently researching how to improve the trustworthiness of commodity hardware through software to enable the verified microkernel to be used in situations previously needing an air gap. Multi-core processors are used to provide redundancy and cross-core checking is employed to detect divergence caused by hardware faults. The aim is to increase the trustworthiness of a virtual air gap created by the microkernel, and thus systems running on COTS hardware.

Coursework Students

Ahmed Alqahtani Ahmed Alqahtani Honours Thesis Student; B.E. Software Hon. Student
Supervised by Liming Zhu

Big data analytics, dependable cloud, data visualisation, positive computing

Donna Xu Donna Xu Honours Thesis Student
Supervised by Liming Zhu

Dependable cloud, machine learning

Felix Kam Felix Kam Honours Thesis Student
Supervised by Thomas Sewell

Felix's research interests include operating system design, embedded systems in general and formal methods, particularly interactive theorem proving.

Matthew Moss Matthew Moss Honours Thesis Student
Supervised by Ihor Kuz

Working on distributing a vehicle-routing-problem solver for use in food-aid distribution.

Mina Samy Mina Samy Honours Thesis Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Formal methods, software verification, high assurance C code

Student Interns and Visitors

John Wang John Wang Local Visiting Student
Supervised by Peter Chubb

Nithilan Karunakaran Nithilan Karunakaran Overseas Visiting Intern
Supervised by Ihor Kuz

Real-time Systems, Fault-tolerant Systems, AUTOSAR, Verification.

Visitors

Anna Liu Anna Liu Visiting Researcher

Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, Performance Engineering, Middleware and Cloud Architectures

Antony Hosking Antony Hosking Visiting Researcher; Associate Professor, Purdue

runtime systems, memory management, transactional memory

Hiroshi Wada Hiroshi Wada Visiting Senior Researcher; Conjoint Senior lecturer, UNSW

Hiroshi's research interests include distributed computing, performance engineering, biologically-inspired computing and model-driven software engineering.

Magnus Myreen Magnus Myreen Visiting Researcher

Magnus is a Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His expertise is in formal methods, especially theorem proving and function extraction. He works with us on binary verification.

Peter Gammie Peter Gammie Visiting Researcher

Formal verification

Qinghua Lu Qinghua Lu Visiting Researcher

Qinghua's interest includes cloud computing, business-driven IT management, autonomic computing, IT system and service management, and service-oriented computing.

Sherif Sakr Sherif Sakr Visiting Researcher

Big Data Storage and Processing Technologies. Deployment Architecture of Software Applications in Cloud Computing Platforms. Business Process Modelling and Management. XML/Graph Data Management and Querying Techniques.

Timothy Bourke Timothy Bourke Visiting Researcher

Timothy is interested in the formal modelling and verification of embedded systems; particularly issues of programming language design and semantics for reactive and timing behaviours.

William Billingsley William Billingsley Visitor

Software engineering education, computer-supported collaborative work, HCI, smart useful systems

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