News 2021

Mariya Toneva will join MPI-SWS tenure-track faculty

October 2021
Mariya Toneva will join the tenure-track faculty at our institute starting September 2022. Mariya’s research is at the intersection of machine learning, natural language processing, and neuroscience. Her group bridges language in machines with language in the brain, with a focus on building computational models of language processing in the brain that can also improve natural language processing systems.

Prior to joining MPI-SWS, Mariya is conducting research as a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. ...
Mariya Toneva will join the tenure-track faculty at our institute starting September 2022. Mariya’s research is at the intersection of machine learning, natural language processing, and neuroscience. Her group bridges language in machines with language in the brain, with a focus on building computational models of language processing in the brain that can also improve natural language processing systems.

Prior to joining MPI-SWS, Mariya is conducting research as a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. She received her Ph.D.
in a joint program between Machine Learning and Neural Computation from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.S. in Computer Science and
Cognitive Science from Yale University.
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Antoine Kauffman joins MPI-SWS tenure-track faculty

October 2021
Antoine Kaufmann has joined the tenure-track faculty at our institute, effective October 1, 2021.  He has been a member of our faculty as a research group leader
since joining MPI-SWS in August 2018.  Antoine's research centers on the interplay of software and hardware in modern systems.  He is interested in the nascent challenges in designing, implementing, and maintaining hardware-software systems for different application domains, starting with data center networking and machine learning.

Prior to joining MPI-SWS,  ...
Antoine Kaufmann has joined the tenure-track faculty at our institute, effective October 1, 2021.  He has been a member of our faculty as a research group leader
since joining MPI-SWS in August 2018.  Antoine's research centers on the interplay of software and hardware in modern systems.  He is interested in the nascent challenges in designing, implementing, and maintaining hardware-software systems for different application domains, starting with data center networking and machine learning.

Prior to joining MPI-SWS, Antoine received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from ETH Zurich.
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MPI-SWS students receive ACM SIGPLAN Dissertation Award two years in a row

Ralf Jung's thesis, entitled Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language, has been recognized with the 2021 ACM SIGPLAN John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award. (The award this year was shared with Gagandeep Singh, a doctoral student at ETH Zurich). Ralf was advised by MPI-SWS faculty member Derek Dreyer.

This is the second year in a row that the ACM SIGPLAN Dissertation Award was given to an MPI-SWS student. ...
Ralf Jung's thesis, entitled Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language, has been recognized with the 2021 ACM SIGPLAN John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award. (The award this year was shared with Gagandeep Singh, a doctoral student at ETH Zurich). Ralf was advised by MPI-SWS faculty member Derek Dreyer.

This is the second year in a row that the ACM SIGPLAN Dissertation Award was given to an MPI-SWS student. Last year it was awarded to Filip Niksic for his thesis on Combinatorial Constructions for Effective Testing, supervised by Rupak Majumdar.

The award, first given in 2001, recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations in the area of Programming Languages.
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Ralf Jung receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Ralf Jung's doctoral dissertation on "Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language" has received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention. The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award is considered to be one of the most prestigious international dissertation awards in the area of computer science, and there are only two Honorable Mentions given for the award each year. The Honorable Mention Award comes with a prize of $10,000 and an invitation to accept the award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco. ...
Ralf Jung's doctoral dissertation on "Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language" has received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention. The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award is considered to be one of the most prestigious international dissertation awards in the area of computer science, and there are only two Honorable Mentions given for the award each year. The Honorable Mention Award comes with a prize of $10,000 and an invitation to accept the award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco.

Ralf's work has previously received the ETAPS Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Otto Hahn Medal, as well as being featured in the April 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM in an article entitled "Safe Systems Programming in Rust". For more details see the Saarland Informatics Campus press release.
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Arpan Gujarati receives 2021 ACM SIGBED Paul Caspi Memorial Dissertation Award

Arpan Gujarati's thesis, entitled  Towards “Ultra-Reliable" CPS: Reliability Analysis of Distributed Real-Time Systems, has been recognized with the 2021 ACM SIGBED Paul Caspi Memorial Dissertation Award. The award, first given in 2013, recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations that significantly advance the state of the art in the science of embedded systems, in the spirit and legacy of Dr. Paul Caspi’s work. Arpan was advised by MPI-SWS faculty member Björn Brandenburg.

Otto Hahn Medal awarded to two MPI-SWS students

Ralf Jung and Bilal Zafar have each been awarded a 2021 Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievement. The Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal annually to young scientists in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Ralf was awarded the medal for his work on the first formal foundations for the cutting-edge systems programming language Rust, while Bilal was awarded the medal for his work on developing responsible and trustworthy AI systems that can help reduce discrimination and polarisation in society. ...
Ralf Jung and Bilal Zafar have each been awarded a 2021 Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievement. The Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal annually to young scientists in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Ralf was awarded the medal for his work on the first formal foundations for the cutting-edge systems programming language Rust, while Bilal was awarded the medal for his work on developing responsible and trustworthy AI systems that can help reduce discrimination and polarisation in society. Ralf obtained his PhD in August 2020, and was advised by Derek Dreyer. Ralf is now a postdoc at MPI-SWS and research affiliate at MIT. Bilal obtained his PhD in February 2019, and was advised by Krishna Gummadi and Manuel Gomez Rodriguez. Bilal is now an Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services.
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Girls' Day 2021

April 2021
MPI-SWS participated jointly with the MPI for Informatics in the annual Girls' Day event on April 22, 2021. Our interactive digital program
included  programming robots and integrating machine learning models into dialog systems, as well as answering questions about computer
science and the work as a computer scientist.

ETAPS dissertation award and CACM article for Ralf Jung and his work on Rust

Ralf Jung's doctoral dissertation on "Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language" has received the ETAPS Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2021. The award is given to the PhD student who has made the most original and influential contribution to the research areas in the scope of the ETAPS conferences, and has graduated in 2021 at a European academic institution. Ralf was advised by MPI-SWS faculty member Derek Dreyer.

A committee of international experts evaluated candidate dissertations with respect to originality, ...
Ralf Jung's doctoral dissertation on "Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language" has received the ETAPS Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2021. The award is given to the PhD student who has made the most original and influential contribution to the research areas in the scope of the ETAPS conferences, and has graduated in 2021 at a European academic institution. Ralf was advised by MPI-SWS faculty member Derek Dreyer.

A committee of international experts evaluated candidate dissertations with respect to originality, relevance, and impact to the field, as well as the quality of writing. The committee found that Dr. Ralf Jung's dissertation is very well-written and makes several highly original contributions in the area of programming language semantics and verification. The committee was also particularly impressed by the dissertation for its technical depth, the quality and quantity of the associated published work, as well as its relevance and impact both in academia and industry.

Ralf's work on Rust was also featured in a recent Communications of the ACM article: Safe Systems Programming in Rust by Ralf Jung, Jacques-Henri Jourdan, Robbert Krebbers, and Derek Dreyer. The article appeared in the April 2021 issue of CACM, together with a short video about this work produced by ACM.

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Max Planck researchers publish 8 papers at POPL 2021!

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and the new Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) have authored a total of 8 papers accepted to POPL 2021 (over 10% of all accepted papers).  This is the fourth year in a row that MPI-SWS researchers have published 5+ papers in POPL.  Furthermore, two Max Planck papers were awarded a Distinguished Paper Award. Congratulations to all our POPL authors! ...
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and the new Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) have authored a total of 8 papers accepted to POPL 2021 (over 10% of all accepted papers).  This is the fourth year in a row that MPI-SWS researchers have published 5+ papers in POPL.  Furthermore, two Max Planck papers were awarded a Distinguished Paper Award. Congratulations to all our POPL authors!

MPI-SWS papers:
MPI-SP papers:
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