Steffen Smolka
PhD
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
Adviser: Nate Foster
Office: 442 Gates Hall
Email: [lastname]@cs.cornell.edu
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Research Overview
I enjoy working on problems at the intersection of theory and practice. My interests include language design, (probabilisitc) semantics, compilers, automata theory, formal verification, and algorithms.
I am passionately working on making networks more programmable.
Before coming to Cornell, I received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Technische Universität München, where I worked with Jasmin Blanchette on the interactive theorem prover Isabelle.
Recent News & Talks
Sep '19  Our paper on Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests has been accepted to POPL 2020! 
Sep '19  Our paper Proof Carrying Network Code has been accepted to CCS 2019! 
Sep '19  I will attend the Bellairs workshop on Probabilistic Programming in Barbados in March 2020. 
Aug '19  I passed my PhD defense! 
Aug '19  A recording of my PLDI talk on Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks is now online. 
Jul '19  Check out our latest preprint on Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests! 
Jun '19  The slides from my PLDI talk on Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks are now online. 
Jun '19  I gave a talk on Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks at the Workshop on Foundations of Routing in Ithaca, NY. 
Jun '19  Check out the video abstract (plus bonus) for our upcoming PLDI paper. 
Apr '19  Cameraready of "Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks" (PLDI'19) shipped. 
Feb '19  Our paper Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks was (conditionally) accepted at PLDI 19! 
Feb '19  I will attend the Bellairs workshop on Learning and Verification in Barbados in March! 
April '18  I'm excited to spend the summer in the Bay Area to work on Google Cloud! 
Mar '18  I gave a talk on Probabilistic Network Verification at the Data Communication & Cloud Network Forum in Santa Clara, CA. 
Feb '18  I gave a talk on Probabilistic Network Verification at the Shonan meeting Theory and Practice of Data Plane Programming in Japan. 
Jan '18  We presented a poster about our work on program equivalence for ProbNetKAT at PPS 2018. Also see this short blog entry. 
Jun '17  I'm excited to work with Alexandra Silva at UCL in London over the summer! 
Apr '17  I will give a NetKAT tutorial on Tuesday (April 18, 2017). It will be live streamed on YouTube. 
Mar '17  I'm excited to attend the Bellairs workshop on Probabilistic Programming Languages in Barbados. 
Jan '17  The slides for our POPL'17 paper Cantor Meets Scott are now online. 
Oct '16  Cantor meets Scott at POPL 2017 in Paris. See you there! 
Oct '16  Our paper A Fast Compiler for NetKAT was recognized as a SIGPLAN Research Highlight! 
Sep '16  I am visiting Stanford until February. I am also working part time at Barefoot Networks. 
Jul '16  I gave a 5minute talk on A DomainTheoretic Foundation for Probabilistic NetKAT at Lake Placid. 
Jun '16  I serve on the Artifact Evaluation Committee for POPL 2017. 
Jun '16  I gave a talk on efficent language abstractions for SDN at the Network Programming Retreat in NYC. 
May '16  I discussed current work on probabilistic NetKAT at NEPLS. 
July '16  Attending IFIP Working Group 2.8 meeting at Lake Placid 
Mar '16  I'm attending the Bellairs Workshop on Formal Methods for SoftwareDefined Networks in Barbados. 
Nov '15  I'm attending the 2nd P4 Workshop at Stanford. 
Sep '15  I presented our work on A Fast Compiler for NetKAT at ICFP 2015 in Vancouver (see a video here). 
Aug '15  I'm attending SIGCOMM 2015 in London. 
Jun '15  We just shipped the cameraready version of A Fast Compiler for NetKAT, to appear at ICFP'15. 
Jun '15  I am excited to work with with Dimitrios Vytiniotis at Microsoft Research in Cambridge over the summer. 
Feb '15  I serve on the Artifact Evaluation Committee for PLDI 2015. 
Jan '15  I'm attending POPL 2015 in Mumbai. 
Projects (current & past)
Publications
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests:
Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
[ preprint ]

POPL 20 
Proof Carrying Network Code

CCS 19 
Scalable Verification of Probabilistic Networks
[ conference paper  full paper  slides  video  skit  code ] 
PLDI 19 
Performance Annotations for Cloud Computing
[ paper ]

HotCloud 17 
Cantor Meets Scott: Semantic Foundations for Probabilistic Networks
[ conference version  full paper  technical notes  slides  code ] 
POPL 17 
A Fast Compiler for NetKAT
[ paper  slides  video  code  award ]

ICFP 15 
Semiintelligible Isar Proofs from MachineGenerated Proofs
[ paper ]

JAR 15 
Robust, SemiIntelligible Isabelle Proofs from ATP Proofs
[ paper  slides ]

PxTP 13 
Theses
A (Co)algebraic Approach to Programming and Verifying Computer Networks
[ thesis ]
Steffen Smolka. PhD Thesis in Computer Science. Cornell University. December 2019. 
Robust, SemiIntelligible Isabelle Proofs from ATP Proofs
[ thesis  slides ]
Steffen Smolka. Bachelor Thesis in Computer Science. Technische Universität München. August 2013. 
Teaching
Guest lecturer, CS 6114: Network Programming Languages, , Cornell University, Fall 2018. 
Guest lecturer, CS 6861: Introduction to Kleene Algebra, , Cornell University, Spring 2018. 
Guest lecturer, CS 3110: Data Structures and Functional Programming, , Cornell University, Spring 2018. 
Teaching assistant, CS 6110: Advanced Programming Languages, , Cornell University, Spring 2018. 
Guest lecturer, CS 6114: Network Programming Languages, , Cornell University, Fall 2017. 
Teaching assistant, CS 4120/5120: Compilers, , Cornell University, Spring 2016. 
Teaching assistant, Introduction to Computer Science 2, , TU München, Fall 2011. 
Industry Experience
Google, Engineering Intern, Sunnyvale CA, June  September 2018. 
Barefoot Networks, Intern, Palo Alto CA, September 2016  February 2017. 
Microsoft Research, Research Intern, Cambridge UK, May  August 2015. 
Service
Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI), External Review Committee, 2020. 
Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementatio (NSDI), Reviewer, 2018. 
Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS), Reviewer, 2018. 
Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming, Reviewer, 2017. 
Principles of Programming Languages (POPL), Artifact Evaluation Committee, 2016. 
Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI), Artifact Evaluation Committee, 2015. 