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QMUL professor wins computer science award

Professor Dino Distefano has been awarded the Computer-Aided Verification (CAV) Award for his work, as part of a team of other researchers, into Separation Logic.

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The CAV award is given for fundamental contributions to the field of Computer-Aided Verification, a sub-discipline of computer science that is concerned with ensuring that software and hardware systems operate correctly and reliably.

Professor Distefano, of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, along with Josh Berdine (Facebook), Cristiano Calcagno (Facebook), Samin Ishtiaq (Microsoft Research Cambridge), Peter O'Hearn (University College London, and Facebook), John Reynolds (Carnegie Mellon University), and Hongseok Yang (University of Oxford) were jointly awarded the prize for their pioneering work.

Professor Distefano said: “It's a great privilege and I feel very honoured to share the CAV 2016 Award with great scientists like Peter, Cristiano, Hongseok, Josh, Samin, and John Reynolds.”

Separation Logic is a mathematical logic that gives a rigorous way to reason about the behaviour of computer programs. In particular Separation Logic simplifies the reasoning involved in understanding the complex evolution of computer memory during execution of programs.

The award comes with a cash prize of US$10,000 shared equally among recipients.

The 2016 CAV Award was given on July 21, 2016, at the 28th annual CAV conference held in Toronto.

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