Workshop on Software Correctness and Reliability

Oct 7-8, 2016
Alumni Pavillon, Rämlmistrasse 101, ETH Zürich

Workshop Information

Ensuring that our programs behave correctly and reliably is a fundamental challenge facing computing today. Recent years have seen an explosion of a diverse set of new techniques for ensuring program correctness ranging from verification and synthesis approaches to runtime systems to quantitative reasoning. The aim of the workshop is to provide insight into the latest research advances in the area. In a period of two days, the workshop will host a number of invited speakers who will present research talks related to software reliability and correctness.


Peter Müller (ETH Zürich) , Martin Vechev (ETH Zürich)
This is the fourth time the workshop is being held. Materials from the 2015, 2014 and 2013 workshops are also available.


October 7 (Friday)

TimeSpeakerInstitutionTalk Title & AbstractSlidesVideo
9:00 - 9:15 Organizers ETH Zürich
Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00 Emery Berger UMass Amherst
On the Correctness of Spreadsheets: An Excellent Problem for Programming Language Researchers
10:00 - 10:45 Gilles Barthe IMDEA Software
Relational Program Verification and Probabilistic Couplings
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Zhendong Su UC Davis
EMI Testing: Finding 1000+ Bugs in GCC and LLVM in 3 Years
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Anders Moeller Aarhus
Analyzing Test Completeness for Dynamic Languages
14:15 - 15:00 Arie Gurfinkel University of Waterloo
Algorithmic Logic-Based Verification with SeaHorn
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:15 Avik Chaudhuri Facebook
Flow: Fast and Precise Static Type Checking for JavaScript
16:15 - 16:45 Martin VechevETH Zürich
Machine Learning and Programming Languages: latest directions and research opportunities
16:45 - 17:15 Peter Müller
ETH Zürich
Automating Relaxed Separation Logic in Viper

October 8 (Saturday)

Time Speaker Institution Talk Title & Abstract Slides Video
9:00 - 9:15 Organizers ETH Zürich
Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00 Markus Püschel ETH Zürich
Computer Generation of Fast Linear Algebra Code
10:00 - 10:45 Rustan Leino Microsoft Research Redmond
Verification beyond programs
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Annabelle McIver Macquarie University
Quantitative Information Flow: when are partial breaches of confidentiality insignificant?
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Bor-Yuh Evan Chang University of Colorado
Analyzing, Abstracting, and Mining Event-Driven Systems
14:15 - 14:30 Organizers ETH Zürich Closing Remarks


Early Bird: by Sept 9th 2016 Regular fee: after Sept 9th 2016 (latest day: Sept 23, 2016)
Workshop Fee (Students) 70 CHF 90 CHF
Workshop Fee (Regular) 110 CHF 130 CHF
The registration fees include:
  • Attendance to all presentations
  • Lunches on both days
  • Coffee & Snacks

To register for the workshop, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Marlies Weissert:


ETH Zürich is located in the heart of the city and easy to reach.
From Zürich HB (main station): If you arrive by train to Zürich HB, take either:

  • Tram no. 6 (direction Zoo) from tram stop "Bahnhofstrasse/HB", exit at tram stop "ETH/Universitätsspital" (right next to the ETH main building). Journey time: about 8 minutes or
  • Tram no. 10 (direction Flughafen or Bahnhof Oerlikon) from tram stop "Bahnhofplatz/HB", exit at tram stop "ETH/Universitätsspital". Journey time: about 8 minutes

From Zürich airport: You can either take the tram to ETH or a train to the city center (Zürich HB):

  • Tram no. 10 (direction Bahnhofplatz/HB) to tram stop "ETH/Universittsspital". The tram operates daily from 6 a.m to 11 p.m. with trams departing every 7 to 15 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes
  • S-Bahn/Train: Follow the signs "Bahn/Railway" to the ticket counters and/or ticket machines. You will find instructions in English on the ticket machines. Get a ticket for "Zürich City" (make sure that the display shows "1 Std"). The machines accept coins as well as bills and gives change (the ticket costs 6.40 CHF). The ticket is valid for 1 hour for all trains to Zürich as well as for trams and buses in the city (streetcar, Strassenbahn). Take the escalator down to the platforms. Trains to the city center leave approx. every 10 minutes and it takes about 10 minutes to reach the main station.


You can check the availability and prices and make reservations for hotels at Zürich Tourism

The following is a list of hotels in walking distance from the workshop venue:

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