[TYPES/announce] DeepSpec Summer School, July 13-28, 2017

Benjamin C. Pierce bcpierce at cis.upenn.edu
Tue Dec 27 10:09:17 EST 2016

The first DeepSpec Summer School on Verified Systems will be held in Philadelphia from July 17 to 28, 2017, preceded by an introductory Coq Intensive from July 13 to 15.

Can critical systems be built with no bugs whatsoever in hardware, operating systems, compilers, crypto, or other key components? It may seem a pipe dream, but in fact the past decade has seen explosive advances in the technology required to realize it.

This summer school aims to give participants a wide-ranging overview of several ambitious projects currently underway in this space. 

Participants will complete the summer school with a thorough understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of these projects plus considerable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools for building verified systems.

The summer school will open with a three-day intensive course on Coq fundamentals, for participants who are new to Coq. The main lectures take place during the weeks of July 17 and 24. 

July 13-15 (Thu-Sat) 	Coq intensive 
July 17-21 	Week 1
July 24-28 	Week 2
Lecturers and Topics
Andrew Appel 	Verified functional algorithms 
Adam Chlipala 	Program-specific proof automation
Frans Kaashoek & Nickolai Zeldovich 	Certifying software with crashes 
Xavier Leroy 	The structure of a verified compiler
Benjamin Pierce 	Property-based random testing with QuickChick 
Zhong Shao 	CertiKOS: Certified kit operating systems
Stephanie Weirich 	Language specification and variable binding
Steve Zdancewic 	Vellvm: Verifying the LLVM 
The DeepSpec summer school is aimed at a wide range of participants, including graduate students, academics, and industrial engineers and researchers. 

The Coq proof assistant will serve as a lingua franca for all the lectures. Participants who are not already familiar with Coq at the level of Software Foundations <https://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/sf/current/index.html> should plan on attending the Coq Intensive before the summer school.

Costs and Financial Aid
The total cost (for lectures, meals, and dormitory lodging) is expected to be roughly $2000 per participant.
Substantial subsidies are available, courtesy of the NSF (thank you!), for students requiring financial assistance to attend. More details will be announced when applications open.

Applications will be accepted beginning on Jan 15; please subscribe to the DeepSpec mailing list <https://lists.cs.princeton.edu/mailman/listinfo/deepspec> to receive an announcement when applications open. Applications received by Feb 15 will be given equal consideration; applications received after Feb 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.
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