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Research Group Leaders

June Andronick June Andronick Principal Researcher; Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW

June leads the Trustworthy Systems research group. Her main research interest is in formal verification and certification of software systems, more precisely in formal proof of correctness and security properties of programs using interactive theorem proving, as well as concurrency reasoning, targeting interruptible and multicore systems.

Research Leaders

Gabriele Keller Gabriele Keller Principal Researcher; Associate Professor, UNSW

Gabriele Keller is interested in Programming Languages. Type Systems, Domain specific languages, and Parallel Computing GPGPU

Gernot Heiser Gernot Heiser Chief Research Scientist; Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair, UNSW

Gernot's main research interests are in operating systems, especially microkernel-based systems, and their use in embedded/cyber-physical systems, OS security and robustness issues, general cyber-security, energy/power management, real-time systems, virtualization and architectural support for operating systems.

Gerwin Klein Gerwin Klein Chief Research Scientist; Conjoint Professor, UNSW

Gerwin's research interest is in Formal Methods, more specifically in interactive theorem proving, software verification, and semantics of programming languages. Generally, he wants software systems to be dependable, and thinks that formal specification and proof can make a very significant contribution towards that goal.

Kevin Elphinstone Kevin Elphinstone Principal Researcher; Associate Professor, UNSW

Small operating system kernels and the infrastructure required to support larger systems upon them. His current focus includes secure embedded operating systems suitable for formal verification, and for being the basis of secure systems for embedded devices. He also has interests in componentised operating systems, operating systems in general, security, real-time systems, computer architecture as it pertains to operating systems, and virtualisation.

Michael Norrish Michael Norrish Principal Researcher; Principal Research Scientist, ANU

Michael is interested in the use of mathematics and logic to help in the specification and development of computer hardware and software. He is interested both in working on specific applications projects in this area, and in the development of tools to make all such projects easier to work on.

Rob van Glabbeek Rob van Glabbeek Chief Research Scientist; Conjoint Professor, UNSW

Rob strives to create and study comprehensive models and theories of concurrent processes, thereby answering fundamental questions such as: which problems can be solved in a distributed way, using only asynchronous communication, and which cannot. These insights are applied to the modelling, verification and analysis of distributed systems, in particular to popular routing protocols in wireless mesh networks.

Tony Hosking Tony Hosking Contributed Researcher; Professor, ANU

runtime systems, memory management (garbage collection), transactional memory


Carroll Morgan Carroll Morgan Senior Principal Researcher; Professor, UNSW

Formal methods; semantics; security; program correctness; probability.

Christine Rizkallah Christine Rizkallah Researcher; Lecturer, UNSW

Higher-Order Logic - Interactive Theorem Proving - Formal Verification

Johannes Åman Pohjola Johannes Åman Pohjola Research Scientist; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW

Johannes is interested in beauty and truth. Specifically, he works on interactive theorem proving, program verification and concurrency theory.

Kai Engelhardt Kai Engelhardt Senior Researcher; Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Kai's research mostly attempts to refute the third sentence of the following proverb of unknown (?) origin. "The problem with engineers is that they cheat in order to get results. The problem with mathematicians is that they work on toy problems in order to get results. The problem with program verifiers is that they cheat on toy problems in order to get results."

Kai left Data61 in 2018 to join COG systems

Peter Hoefner Peter Hoefner Senior Research Scientist; Conjoint Senior Lecturer

Peter's research interests are Formal Methods, more specifically he is interested in methods for describing software systems, in particular distributed and concurrent systems such as routing protocols or hybrid systems. For analysing and verifying these techniques he uses algebraic techniques such as process algebra and semirings. Moreover he tries to use off-the-shelf verification tools (automated theorem provers, model checkers) to automate the developed approaches.

Sidney Amani Sidney Amani Research Scientist

Sidney's research focuses on finding practical approaches to formally verify software systems. His current interests include the verification of Ethereum smart contracts and multicore support for seL4.

In the past, Sidney worked on Cogent, a purely functional language designed to facilitate the verification of low-level code, which he used to verify a flash file system. He also has experience writing Linux device drivers and static analysis tools.

Toby Murray Toby Murray Senior Researcher; Lecturer, University of Melbourne

Toby's research interests broadly concern the application of formal methods to enable the cost-effective development of secure software and systems.

Yuval Yarom Researcher; Senior Lecturer, UofA

Yuval's main research interests are computer security and cryptography, with a current focus on microarchitectural attacks and defences.

Engineering Staff

Anna Lyons Anna Lyons Senior Research Engineer

Anna is a senior engineer on the seL4 team, taking the role after completing her PhD on the mixed-criticality API and design for seL4. Anna is dedicated to bringing seL4 to the world, by building a strong team of engineers who together build a great platform and community.

Corey Lewis Corey Lewis Research Engineer

Corey's research interests include formal methods, functional programming and program verification. He is also interested in mathematically analysing graph models of large real world networks.

Curtis Millar Curtis Millar OS Engineer; Casual Academic

Curtis is interested in improving systems level security through advancements in platform architecture, tooling, and education.

Ed Pierzchalski Ed Pierzchalski Proof Engineer

Ed is a proof engineer working on extending the seL4 proof to more architectures.

Ihor Kuz Ihor Kuz Principal Research Engineer; Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW

Ihor's research interests include operating systems and distributed systems. With regards to operating systems, he focuses on the design of flexible and modular operating systems, as well as security and safety properties of such systems. In distributed systems, he is interested in distributed system middleware, supporting services, and management of distributed resources.

Japheth Lim Japheth Lim Proof Engineer

Japheth is interested in automation for software verification. He aims to provide the proof engineering projects in Trustworthy Systems with fast and reliable proof algorithms.

Kent Mcleod Kent Mcleod Research Engineer

Kent is mostly concerned with low-level operating systems and drivers.

Kofi Doku Atuah Kofi Doku Atuah OS Engineer

Microkernels, Drivers, Scalability, Real-time. Kofi cares about coordinating the currently disjoint world of drivers, and unifying the Free and Open Source world and strengthening open-source Operating Systems' ability to work with hardware vendors to get the drivers they need.

Matthew Brecknell Matthew Brecknell Proof Engineer

Matthew is interested in formal verification of software, using mechanised theorem provers. His current challenge is figuring out how to rapidly, yet sustainably evolve large bodies of existing proofs to meet new requirements.

Michael Sproul Michael Sproul Proof Engineer

Michael is interested in formal verification, programming language semantics and distributed systems. He is working on CakeML and seL4 as part of the CASE project.

Miki Tanaka Miki Tanaka Senior Research Engineer

Miki is mainly interested in formal verification techniques and their application to software systems.

Mitchell Buckley Mitchell Buckley Proof Engineer

Mitchell has a formal education in mathematics and a research background in category theory, Hopf algebra and formalised mathematics. He now writes proofs that verify functional correctness of the seL4 micro-kernel.

Pang Luo Pang Luo Proof Engineer

Pang's interests include formal verification and software engineering.

Partha Susarla Ajay Partha Susarla Ajay OS Engineer

Partha's research interests include Operating Systems, File Systems, Multimedia codecs and Distributed computing.

Rafal Kolanski Rafal Kolanski Senior Research Engineer

Rafal is interested in the formal verification of high assurance, system-level software, both from the perspective of verification in practice, but also proof maintenance and increasing the proof coverage of already verified systems.

Seb Holzapfel Research Assistant

Sebastian is interested in low level & embedded systems, RTOS development & hardware design.

Siwei Zhuang Siwei Zhuang Research Engineer

Operating System internals, Device drivers and Embedded System Architecture.

Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson Proof Engineer

Vincent is interested in proof theory, type theory, and theorem proving.

Yanyan Shen Yanyan Shen Research Engineer

Yanyan is currently researching how to improve the trustworthiness of commodity hardware through software to enable the verified microkernel to be used in situations previously needing an air gap. Multi-core processors are used to provide redundancy and cross-core checking is employed to detect divergence caused by hardware faults. The aim is to increase the trustworthiness of a virtual air gap created by the microkernel, and thus systems running on COTS hardware.

Research Students

Amirreza Zarrabi Amirreza Zarrabi PhD Student
Supervised by Gernot Heiser

Amir is researching operating system architecture, and multiserver architectures for OS design

Callum Bannister Callum Bannister PhD Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Callum's research interests are in functional programming and formal verification. His current work is in separation logic.

Hira Syeda Hira Syeda PhD Student
Supervised by Gerwin Klein

Hira is a PhD student working on developing a Unified Memory Model for kernel verification. Her interests include interactive theorem proving, software verification and embedded systems. Hira is supervised by Prof. Gerwin Klein and Dr. Kevin Elphinstone.

Liam O'Connor-Davis Liam O'Connor-Davis PhD Student
Supervised by Gabriele Keller

Liam is interested in Programming Languages and Systems, Type Theory, Category Theory, Concurrent and Distributed Systems, Functional Programming and Formal Verification.

Qian Ge Qian Ge PhD Student
Supervised by Gernot Heiser

Qian is a fourth year PhD student who is working on eliminating timing side channels from seL4 with lightweight countermeasures. Qian is supervised by Prof. Gernot Heiser and Assoc. Prof. Kevin Elphinstone.

Robert Sison Robert Sison PhD Student
Supervised by Toby Murray

Robert is broadly interested in discovering how one may design and construct large systems with formally proved information-flow security properties. His current research focus is on the development and improvement of formal methods for the preservation of information-flow security properties across compilation.

Zilin Chen Zilin Chen PhD Student
Supervised by Gabriele Keller

Zilin's research is into functional programming, type theory, compilers, and Embedded DSLs.

Coursework Students

Kenny Lau
Supervised by Ihor Kuz


Magnus Myreen Magnus Myreen Visiting Researcher

Magnus is a Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His expertise is in formal methods, especially theorem proving and function extraction. He works with us on binary verification.


Birgit Brecknell Birgit Brecknell Coordinator

Birgit is a writer who works part time with the TS group to cut red tape and act as a single point of contact for administrative processes.

Luke Mondy Luke Mondy System Administrator/Computer Systems Support Officer

Luke is a systems administrator and research support tech for the Trustworthy Systems group.

He is also currently completing a PhD in computational geodynamics.

Peter Chubb Peter Chubb Principal Research Engineer; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Peter's research interests include operating system algorithms for scalability, especially storage, scheduling, memory management, and locking. He is also interested in systems performance measurement and optimisation. His main expertise is in Unix and Linux kernels, and low level system support built on these. He contributes to low-level open-source systems tools like QEMU and U-Boot as needed for TS projects.

Virginia Bonnici Virginia Bonnici Executive Project Manager

Virginia supports the delivery of collaboration projects with industry, government and the community to enable world wide adoption of Trustworthy Systems' technologies.

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