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Alias calculus, change calculus and frame inference

16 settembre 2013
Ex Boccherini - Piazza S. Ponziano 6 (Conference Room )
Alias analysis, which determines whether two expressions in a program may reference to the same object, has many potential applications in program construction and verification. We have developed a theory for alias analysis, the “alias calculus”, implemented its application to an object-oriented language, and integrated the result into a modern IDE. The calculus has a higher level of precision than many existing alias analysis techniques. One of the principal applications is to allow automatic change analysis, which leads to inferring “modifies clauses”, providing a significant advance towards addressing the Frame Problem. Experiments were able to infer the “modifies” clauses of an existing formally specified library. Other applications, in particular to concurrent programming, also appear possible. The talk (based on joint work with Alexander Kogtenkov and Sergei Velder at ITMO) presents the calculus, the application to frame inference including experimental results, and other projected applications.
Meyer, Bertrand - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich - Zurig