In many areas of computing, techniques ranging from testing to formal modeling to full-blown verification have been successfully used to help programmers create reliable systems. For example, in processor development, automated theorem proving uncovers deep bugs in designs before they become costly errors in silicon; avionics developers use program analysis to verify critical safety properties of the embedded software running on airplanes; and operating system vendors have successfully used model checking to eliminate entire classes of bugs in device drivers. But, until recently, networks have largely resisted analysis using formal techniques.
The goal of this summer school is to bring together leading researchers, graduate students, and industrial practitioners to study recent research results on applying formal methods to networks. The curriculum will consist of a series of lectures on topics from theoretical frameworks for modeling network behavior to practical techniques and tools. The lectures will be designed to be accessible to a general computer science audience and will not assume advanced knowledge of formal methods or networks.
Satisfiability Modulo Theories Solving for Network Verification
University of Cambridge
Partial Automation in the Design and Implementation of Path-finding Algorithms
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Network Programming With Frenetic
Systematically Exploring the Behavior of Control Programs
Compositional Abstractions of Network Architectures
Prospective applicants should complete the application form and ask their academic advisor or supervisor to send a brief letter justifying their participation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter should also specify the amount of funding available from the advisor or university for students who have applied for a scholarship. We will process applications and scholarship requests on a rolling basis and send notifications by email. The final application deadline is May 10th, 2013.
The fee for participating in the summer school is $160 for students and $240 for all others. This includes all registration costs, materials, and meals, as well as an outing on Wednesday afternoon. Dorm housing from June 10th through June 14th is available for an additional $200 (double) or $280 (single). Alternatively, participants may arrange their own housing. The Visit Ithaca website maintains a list of accommodations in the Ithaca area.
Generous support for the summer school is provided by the National Science Foundation under grants CNS-1111698 and CNS-1111520. To encourage broad participation, we will offer scholarships to selected students.
Registration and lectures will be held at the Robert Purcell Community Center. Students will be housed in single and double rooms in Mews Hall. Both buildings are located on the north campus of Cornell University. The following maps show the locations of Purcell and Mews.
Students should plan to arrive during the day on Monday, June 10th and depart after lunch on Friday, June 14th or anytime on Saturday, June 15th. Note that due to Cornell reunions, dorm rooms will not be available the night of Sunday, June 9th.
Ithaca's Tompkins Regional Airport has direct flights to Detroit, Newark, and Philadelphia. To book, use the airport code ITH. Cornell also runs a motor coach with daily service to and from New York City. See here for additional information on transportation options to Ithaca.
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