My research helps programmers write trustworthy programs. My primary area of interest is language-based information security: using programming language techniques to provide information security assurance.
- Expressive Authorization Policies using Computation Principals, ACM SACMAT 2023 .
- Quantitative Robustness Analysis of Sensor Attacks on Cyber-Physical Systems, HSCC 2023 .
- From SMT to ASP: Solver-Based Approaches to Solving Datalog Synthesis-as-Rule-Selection Problems, POPL 2023 .
- Towards Porting Operating Systems with Program Synthesis, ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, 2022 .
- Formulog: Datalog + SMT + FP, Datalog 2.0 2022 .
- Expressing Information Flow Properties, Foundations and Trends in Privacy and Security 3(1), 2022 .
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Information about the Harvard SEAS undergraduate program in Computer Science is available at https://csadvising.seas.harvard.edu/. This website answers a lot of common questions, and has links to forms.
See below for my office hours. You are also welcome to attend the office hours of anyone in the CS DUS Team.
My office hours for the next two weeks are listed here. Please note that these office hours are intended for current Harvard community members. If you are not currently a member of the Harvard community and would like to contact me, please email me.
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My office hours are typically individual meetings. Some of my office hours are drop-in (no appointment needed), others can be self-scheduled by following the instructions on this page about self-scheduling appointments with me. Currently, the self-scheduled appointments can be either in person (in SEC 4.414) or on Zoom; all drop-in appointments are on Zoom.
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If you are unable to attend my office hours, or have an urgent matter, you are welcome to email me to arrange an appointment. For matters related to undergraduate studies in Computer Science, you can attend the office hours of anyone in the CS DUS Team.
In Fall 2023 I am teaching CS 153 (Compilers).
- CS 51: Spring 2022 (co-taught with Brian Yu).
- CS 61: Systems Programming and Computer Organization Fall 2010, Fall 2011.
- CS 152: Programming Languages Spring 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019. Spring 2023.
- CS 153: Compilers Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2023.
- CS 252r: Advanced Topics in Programming Languages Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
Information for (undergraduate and graduate) students that are interested in joining my research group can be found here. Please read this page before contacting me. General information for Harvard undergraduates interested in research in Computer Science is available here.
- Formulog: Extends Datalog with mechanisms to construct and reason about SMT formulas.
- Previous projects
- PRINCESS: Autonomous adaptation of software to changes in its environment.
- Computing Over Distributed Sensitive Data: Achieve many benefits of data sharing without data owners having to share the data.
- Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data: Enhance technologies and policies to protect personal data used in research studies.
- Shill: a secure shell scripting language.
- Accrue: Providing language-based security guarantees proportional to programmer effort.
- CHILI: Enabling the execution of code of unknown origin while guaranteeing that the code is not vulnerable to various classes of security attacks.
- Aaron Bembenek
- Fredrik Heiding (Visiting PhD Student, Fall 22-Spring 23)
- Chelse Swoopes
- Jian Xiang (post doc)
- Eric Zhang (undergrad)
- Kevin Zhang
- PLDI 2023 PC
- CSF 2023 PC
- Past activities:
- PLMW @ PLDI 2021 Co-chair
- SecDev 2019 Program Committee Co-chair (with Nikhil Swamy).
- SecDev 2018 PC Co-chair (with Daphne Yao).
- CSF 2018 Co-chair (with Stéphanie Delaune).
- CSF 2017 Co-chair (with Boris Köpf).
- POPL 2017 Artifact Evaluation Committee co-chair (with Jean Yang).
- Co-chair of the NSF Workshop on Formal Methods for Security (with Joshua Guttman).
- POPL 2016 Artifact Evaluation Committee co-chair (with Arjun Guha).
- General chair CSF 2012 and CSF 2013.
- Co-chair of APLWACA 2010 (with Ben Livshits).
- Co-chair of PLAS 2009 (with David Naumann).
- Program committees: PLMW @ PLDI 2020, PriSC 2020, PLAS 2019, PLDI 2019 (ERC), HILT 2018, IEEE Security & Privacy 2018, POST 2018, APLAS 2017, SecDev 2017, PLMW @ PLDI 2017, POST 2017, ASPLOS 2017 (ERC), PLAS 2016, AAAI Fall Symposium on Privacy and Language Technologies, HILT 2016, SecDev 2016, OOPSLA 2016, SPLASH 2016 Workshops, FCS 2016, ECOOP 2016, EuroS&P 2016, POPL 2016 (ERC), PLAS 2015, POST 2015, POPL 2015 (ERC), OOPSLA 2014, TGC 2014, HILT 2014, PSP 2014, CSF 2014, FMS 2014, PLDI 2014 (ERC), ASPLOS 2014 (ERC), SEC@SAC14, HILT 2013, FOOL 2013, CCS 2013, SEC@SAC13, PLAS 2012, PPCloud 2011, FAST 2011, CCS 2010, CSF 2010, FCS-PrivMod 2010, WebApps ’10, Bytecode 2010, ASIAN 2009, HotSec ’09, FCS09, CSF 2008, PLAS 2007.
Funding and Conflicts
My research has been supported by IARPA, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, DARPA (BRASS,CHESS, and CSL programs), AFOSR, NSF Awards 1054172, 1551249, 1237235, 1421770, 1524052, 1565387), and a Google Faculty Research Award. I also engage in paid and pro bono consulting on software security and programming language technologies.
I completed a Ph.D. at Cornell University in August 2008, under the guidance of Andrew Myers. Prior to graduate school, I spent several years working as a consultant and contractor. I received a B.Sc.(Hons) and B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand. My wife, Kiran Gajwani, is a Faculty Dean at Winthrop House and a Lecturer/Advisor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising in the Economics Department at Harvard.