The inherent complexity of large-scale software systems has always posed a significant challenge to software practitioners. On top of this, the ever increasing expansion of software into nearly every aspect of modern life is making its dependability more critical than ever. Automating the cumbersome and error-prone software engineering activities is paramount for achieving dependable software. On the strength of their automated, yet formally-precise analysis capabilities, lightweight formal methods have recently received a lot of attention in the software engineering community. In this talk, I will present the ongoing research in my research group, which explores the possibility of leveraging such formally rigorous techniques that rely on recent advancements in constraint solving technologies for automated and practical dependability analysis of widely-used software systems.
Hamid Bagheri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a faculty associate of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. Bagheri is a co-director of the ESQuaReD Laboratory at UNL. Prior to joining UNL, he was a project scientist in ISR at University of California, Irvine, and also a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from University of Virginia in 2013. His research interest lies in Software Engineering and Formal methods, with a focus on advancing software dependability by developing new methods and tools relying on concepts from fields like lightweight formal methods, software synthesis, model-driven development, and software architecture. His publications in several conferences have been recognized as best papers.