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Programming Principles and Tools
Programming Principles and Tools

The Programming Principles and Tools group devises formal techniques and models for understanding programs, programming abstractions and languages, and develops related implementation technology.

Programming Principles and Tools is part of Microsoft Research Cambridge.  Our work can be grouped into four themes:

  Programming principles
We develop new ways to write, structure and reason about programs running in various environments. This includes advanced type and module systems, logics and semantic models, and probabilistic programming for machine learning.
We contribute to the Haskell and F# programming languages. We have a strong interest in the Coq theorem prover. We build world-class verification tools as well as tools for modelling various biological systems.
  Constructive security
We work on various security and privacy issues surrounding programming, applications and systems. [more]
  Systems biology
We focus on the design and analysis of executable programs describing biological phenomena, DNA computing, and molecular programming. 


Recent news
  • The deadline for post-doc applications is January 5, 2015.  Please allow a few days for your referees to upload their letters.
  • On 19 November 2014, Tony Hoare was awarded an Honorary Prize Fellowship of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.  He gave a well attended lecture, addressing the question 'Can Computers Understand their Own Programs?'.  His positive answer was supported by a survey of ideas derived from Aristotle, Euclid, and Alan Turing.
  • Welcome to our latest PPT interns:
  • Andrey Rybalchenko and Nuno Lopes have been awarded the HVC'14 Award for a PLDI'12 paper "Synthesizing Software Verifiers from Proof Rules [more]
  • Ben Hall has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship [more]
  • Together with external collaborators Christoph Wintersteiger received the IJCAR 2014 Best Paper Award together [more]
  • Ben Hall's work on modelling safety valves in neurons has just appeared in Nature Communications [more]
  • T2 Temporal Prover now open source[download] [more]
  • Matthew Parkinson is the recipient of the 2013 Dahl-Nygaard prize [more]
  • Georges Gonthier recently completed an historic computer-assisted proof of the Feit-Thompson Theorem [more]
  • Jasmin Fisher's work on modelling cancer cells was featured in Nature [more]

You're welcome to play with some of our work in your browser!

  • The Programming Principles and Tools group is always looking for Interns and Post-docs. We are also interested to hear from outstanding researchers and especially recent PhDs. For further information please contact Andy Gordon or any member of the team.
Contact Us
  • Programming Principles
    and Tools Research Group
    Microsoft Research
    21 Station Road
    Cambridge CB1 2FB, UK
    +44 1223 479700