in the concurrency group
Applied Process Calculi
project, where we develop families of small formal modelling languages, called psi calculi, for parallel, distributed and communicating systems. The core research issue is to provide expressive modelling languages that still satisfy certain essential meta-theoretical properties: a natural equivalence on systems must be a congruence and entail certain algebraic laws (e.g. commutativity of variable binders and commutative monoid laws for parallel composition). For absolute certainty, the proofs are machine-checked using an interactive theorem prover.
Recently, we have extended the psi calculi framework to wireless broadcast communication, and modelled a wireless routing protocol. We have also identified an orthogonal extension to the syntax and semantics of psi calculi that lets us model higher-order communication. My ongoing work treats refinements of the framework to better handle local computation and heterogenous models with different sorts of data, and development of a modelling tool for psi calculus instances.
During my postdoc at Microsoft Research in Cambridge I worked on three modern programming language features: probabilistic observations for Bayesian modelling, transactional memory for safe parallel imperative programming, and dependent types for verification of stateful programs.
I did my PhD with Uwe Nestmann at EPFL, on process calculi for cryptographic protocols. My main contribution was the definition of novel program equivalences (environment-sensitive notions of bisimulation) that soundly approximate observational process equivalence, and proofs of correspondences and differences between them, solving several open problems.
During my time as a PhD student, I also applied the techniques and formalisms of process calculi to other domains, namely modelling and verification of peer-to-peer distributed hash tables, models for modal security logics and visualization of message exchanges.