Invited Speakers

You will find our list of invited speakers with their bios, talk titles and abstracts on this page.

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Prof. Işıl Dillig (UT Austin)

Işıl Dillig is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Austin where she leads the UToPiA research group. Her main research interests are program analysis and verification, program synthesis, and automated logical reasoning. She obtained all my degrees (BS, MS, PhD) at Stanford University. She is a 2015 Sloan Fellow and a recipient of an NSF CAREER award.

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Prof. Gagandeep Singh (UIUC)

Gagandeep Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds an Affiliated Researcher position with VMware Research. His current focus is on combining ideas from Formal Logic, Machine Learning, and Systems research to construct intelligent computer systems with formal guarantees about their behavior and safety. He obtained a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2020 working with Prof. Markus Püschel and Prof. Martin Vechev, and completed a Masters in Computer Science at ETH in 2014 receiving the ETH Master Medal and Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Patna in 2012 receiving the President of India Gold Medal. Gagandeep co-received the ACM SIGPLAN Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work on scalable and precise automated reasoning methods and tools for programs and deep neural networks.

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Prof. Aws Albarghouthi (UW-Madison)

Aws Albarghouthi is an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies the art and science of program verification and synthesis. He is a member of madPL,  which studies the problems of automated verification and synthesis. Over the past few years, the group has applied formal methods and programming-language techniques to problems in data privacy, fairness, machine-learning correctness, human-robot interaction, and beyond. 

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Prof. Armando Solar-Lezama (MIT)

Armando Solar-Lezama is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Director and COO of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT. He is best known for his work on program synthesis and the development of the Sketch program synthesis system. He is currently the lead PI of the NSF funded Expeditions project “Understanding the World through Code” and is also the founder of, an online platform for creating interactive presentations.

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Prof. George J. Pappas (UPenn)

George J. Pappas is the UPS Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is a member of the GRASP Lab and the PRECISE Center. He has previously served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research focuses on control theory and in particular, hybrid systems, embedded systems, hierarchical and distributed control systems, with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed robotics, green buildings, and biomolecular networks. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and has received various awards such as the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, the George S. Axelby Award, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the National Science Foundation PECASE, and the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Excellence Award.

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Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska (Oxford)

Marta Kwiatkowska is Professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford, and Associate Head of MPLS. She spearheaded the development of probabilistic and quantitative methods in verification on the international scene and is currently working on safety and robustness for machine learning and AI. She led the development of the PRISM model checker, the leading software tool in the area and widely used for research and teaching and winner of the HVC 2016 Award. Applications of probabilistic model checking have spanned communication and security protocols, nanotechnology designs, power management, game theory, planning and systems biology, with genuine flaws found and corrected in real-world protocols. Kwiatkowska gave the Milner Lecture in 2012 in recognition of "excellent and original theoretical work which has a perceived significance for practical computing". She is the first female winner of the 2018 Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture, see her lecture here, and won the BCS Lovelace Medal in 2019. Marta Kwiatkowska was invited to give keynotes at the LICS 2003, ESEC/FSE 2007 and 2019, ETAPS/FASE 2011, ATVA 2013, ICALP 2016, CAV 2017, CONCUR 2019 and UbiComp 2019 conferences. 

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Prof. Sam Coogan (GA Tech)

Sam Coogan is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015, he was a postdoctoral research engineer at Sensys Networks, Inc., and in 2012 he spent time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2017, he was an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering department at UCLA from 2015–2017. His awards and recognitions include the 2020 Donald P Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council recognizing "an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control", a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2019, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2018, and the Outstanding paper award for the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems in 2017.

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Prof. Chuchu Fan (MIT)

Chuchu Fan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) and Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. Before that, she was a postdoc researcher at Caltech and got her Ph.D. from ECE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, Department of Automation. Her research group Realm at MIT works on using rigorous mathematics, including formal methods, machine learning, and control theory, for the design, analysis, and verification of safe autonomous systems. Chuchu is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, an AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, and the 2020 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. 

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