CS Special Seminar: Priyanka Golia "Fusing AI and Formal Methods for Automated Synthesis"

This talk is arranged at the Department of Computer Science.

Fusing AI and Formal Methods for Automated Synthesis

Priyanka Golia
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur & National University of Singapore

Abstract: We entrust large parts of our daily lives to computer systems, which are becoming increasingly more complex. Developing scalable yet trustworthy techniques for designing and verifying such systems is an important problem. In this talk, our focus will be on automated synthesis,  a technique that uses formal specifications to automatically generate systems (such as functions, programs, or circuits) that provably satisfy the requirements of the specification.  I will introduce a state-of-the-art functional synthesis algorithm that leverages artificial intelligence to provide an initial guess for the system and then uses formal methods to repair and verify the guess to synthesize a system that is correct by construction. I will conclude by exploring the potential for combining AI and formal methods to address real-world scenarios.

Bio: Priyanka Golia is a final year Ph.D. candidate at NUS, Singapore and IIT Kanpur.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of formal methods and artificial intelligence. In particular, her dissertation work has focused on designing scalable automated synthesis and testing techniques.

Her work has been awarded Best Paper Nomination at ICCAD-21 and Best Paper Candidate at DATE-23.  She was named one of the EECS Rising Stars in 2022. She has co-presented a tutorial on Automated Synthesis: Towards the Holy Grail of AI at AAAI-22 and IJCAI-22, and she is co-authoring an upcoming book (on invitation from NOW publishers) on functional synthesis.

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