Programming Languages Research at University of Maryland

The Lab for Programming Languages at the University of Maryland (PLUM) is engaged in exciting research that aims to improve software quality through new languages and software tools. Our work involves formalism and proof (e.g., to show that a particular analysis establishes a certain property of the programs it considers) as well as implementation and evaluation (e.g., to show that our ideas work on real software at reasonable cost). Current interests focus on formal verification, type systems, gradual typing and contracts, quantum programming languages, property-based testing, functional programming, program synthesis, static analysis, information flow control, privacy-preserving computation, and high-availability systems.


Oct 17, 2020

Two papers co-authored by PLUM members will appear at OOPSLA 2020: Verifying Replicated Data Types with Typeclass Refinements in Liquid Haskell by Yiyun Liu, James Parker, Patrick Redmond (UCSC), Lindsey Kuper (UCSC), Michael Hicks, and Niki Vazou; and An Empirical Study of Ownership, Typestate, and Assets in the Obsidian Smart Contract Language by Michael Coblenz, Joshua Sunshine, Jonathan Aldrich, and Brad A. Myers.

Sept 24, 2020

Michael Hicks gave a keynote talk at HotSOS about his award-winning work on Evaluating Fuzz Testing.

Sept 10, 2020

The SIGPLAN PL Perspectives blog featured an article by David Van Horn giving some advice for graduate students on the faculty job market during the COVID pandemic: Letter to a young scientist: Searching for faculty jobs in turbulent times.

Sept 03, 2020

Kesha Hietala successfully proposed her PhD thesis, entitled A Verified Software Toolchain for Quantum Programming. Some of her preliminary work can be found here.

Sept 03, 2020
Sept 01, 2020

Michael Coblenz, who earned his PhD at CMU advised by Jonathan Aldrich, has joined UMD as a Basili post-doc. He will be co-advised by Michael Hicks and Adam Porter.

Aug 13, 2020

The paper Understanding security mistakes developers make: Qualitative analysis from Build It, Break It, Fix It by Dan Votipka, Kelsey Fulton, James Parker, Matthew Hou, Michelle Mazurek, and Mike Hicks has been named a Distinguished Paper of the USENIX Security 2020 conference.

July 29, 2020

Michael Hicks wrote a post for the SIGPLAN blog, PL Perspectives, on Increasing the Impact of PL Research

July 17, 2020

James Parker successfully defended his PhD. His dissertation is entitled, Advanced Language-based Techniques for Correct, Secure Networked Systems

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