Mohsen Lesani
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of California, Riverside

      Winston Chung Hall 325

Mailing Address:
      900 University Avenue,
      Winston Chung Hall 351
      Riverside, CA 92521

      LastName AT cs.ucr.edu
Mohsen Lesani

Prospective students

 Bio Sketch
I am an assistant professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University of California, Riverside. I work with my aspiring students in the Safe and Smart Software (S3) lab that is a subgroup of RIPLE. I spent my postdoc at MIT and obtained my PhD from UCLA.

We have been recently working on the following projects:
- Automatic analysis and synthesis of distributed systems  POPL'19, CAV'20
- Verification of distributed systems  POPL'16, ICFP'20
- Blockchain transactions  ICBC'20
- Automatic fence insertion  OOPSLA'15, PODC'17, DISC'19
- Learning performance models  MAPL'20
- Domain-specific languages and type systems  OOPSLA'18

My research interests span the areas of verification and synthesis, and concurrent and distributed computing. I develop specification, verification and synthesis techniques and tools to build reliable, secure and efficient computing systems, in particular, subtle concurrent and distributed systems. I often reduce verification and synthesis to simple sufficient conditions to leverage the increasingly powerful automated and semi-automated reasoning techniques and tools.

I received the NSF CAREER award in 2020. My research has been recognized as SIGPLAN Research Highlight in 2019 and received the distinguished paper award at OOPSLA 2018.


TLC: Temporal Logic of Distributed Components
Jeremiah Griffin, Mohsen Lesani, Narges Shadab, Xizhe Yin
ICFP'20 (ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming)
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Hampa: Solver-aided Recency-Aware Replication
Xiao Li, Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
CAV'20 (International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification)
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UBITect: A Precise and Scalable Method to Detect Use-Before-Initialization bugs in Linux Kernel
Y. Zhai, Y. Hao, H. Zhang, D. Wang, C. Song, Z. Qian, M. Lesani, S. Krishnamurthy, P. Yu
ESEC/FSE'20 (The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering)

Cross-Chain Transactions
Narges Shadab, Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
ICBC'20 (IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency)
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Learning Quantitative Representation Synthesis
Mayur Patil, Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
MAPL'20 (ACM Machine Learning and Programming Languages Workshop)
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Hamsaz: Replication Coordination Analysis and Synthesis
Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
POPL'19 (ACM Principles of Programming Languages)
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Polynomial-time Fence Insertion For Structured Programs
Mohammad Taheri, Arash Pourdamghani, Mohsen Lesani
DISC'19 (The International Symposium on Distributed Computing)
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Transaction Protocol Verification with Labeled Synchronization Logic
Mohsen Lesani
NFM'19 (NASA Formal Methods Symposium)
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BioScript: Programming Safe Chemistry of Laboratories-on-a-Chip
Jason Ott, Chris Curtis, Tyson Loveless, Mohsen Lesani, Philip Brisk
OOPSLA'18 (ACM Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications)
Distinguished paper award
SIGPLAN Research Highlight 2019
Invited to Communications of ACM
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Brief Announcement: Fence Insertion for Straight-line Programs is in P
Mohsen Lesani
PODC'17 (ACM Principles of Distributed Computing)
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Chapar: Certified Causally Consistent Distributed Key-Value Stores
Mohsen Lesani, Christian J. Bell, Adam Chlipala
POPL'16 (ACM Principles of Programming Languages)
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Declarative Fence Insertion
John Bender, Mohsen Lesani, Jens Palsberg
OOPSLA'15 (ACM Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications)
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AtomChase: Directed Search towards Atomicity Violations
Mahdi Eslamimehr, Mohsen Lesani
ISSRE'15 (IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering)
Best paper award

Decomposing Opacity
Mohsen Lesani, Jens Palsberg
DISC'14 (International Symposium on DIStributed Computing), WTTM'13
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Automatic Atomicity Verification for Clients of Concurrent Data Structures
Mohsen Lesani, Todd Millstein, Jens Palsberg
CAV'14 (International Conference on Computer Aided Verification)
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On the Correctness of Transactional Memory Algorithms
Mohsen Lesani
PhD Dissertation
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MrCrypt: Static Analysis for Secure Cloud Computations
Sai Deep Tetali, Mohsen Lesani, Rupak Majumdar, Todd Millstein
OOPSLA'13 (ACM Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications)
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Proving Non-opacity
Mohsen Lesani, Jens Palsberg
DISC'13 (International Symposium on DIStributed Computing), Transact'13
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A Framework for Formally Verifying Software Transactional Memory Algorithms
Mohsen Lesani, Victor Luchangco, Mark Moir
CONCUR'12  (International Conference on Concurrency Theory)
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Communicating Memory Transactions
Mohsen Lesani, Jens Palsberg
PPoPP'11 (ACM Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming)

Semantics-preserving Sharing Actors
AGERE'13 (ACM Workshop on Programming based on Actors, Agents, and Decentralized Control)
Mohsen Lesani, Antonio Lain
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Specifying Transactional Memories with Nontransactional Operations
WTTM'13  (Workshop on the Theory of Transactional Memory)
Mohsen Lesani, Victor Luchangco, Mark Moir

Putting Opacity in its Place
Mohsen Lesani, Victor Luchangco, Mark Moir
WTTM'12  (Workshop on the Theory of Transactional Memory)

Fuzzy Trust Aggregation And Personalized Trust Inference In Virtual Social Networks
Mohsen Lesani, Niloufar Montazeri
Journal of Computational Intelligence 25/2, 2009

Aria Language, Towards Agent Orientation Paradigm
Mohsen Lesani, Niloufar Montazeri
ICSOFT'08 (International Joint conference on Software Technologies)

Successful Cooperation between Heterogeneous Fuzzy Q-Learning Agents
Ali Akhavan Bitaghsir, Amir Moghimi, Mohsen Lesani, Mohammad Mehdi Keramati, Majid Nili Ahmadabadi, Babak Nadjar Arabi
SMC'04 (IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics)

The rest of papers


OOPSLA'20, PC (ACM Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications,
Program Committee)

DisCoTec'20, PC (International Federated Conference on Distributed Computing Techniques, P
rogram Committee)

POPL'20, PC (ACM Principles of Programming Languages, Program Committee)

ECOOP'18, PC (European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Program Committee)

NSF Panel 2018

POPL'17, ERC (ACM Principles of Programming Languages 2017, External Review Committee)

CPP'17, PC (ACM Certified Programs and Proofs 2017, Program Committee)


NSF CAREER: Distributed System Synthesis on Certified Middleware. M. Lesani. 2020-2025

NSF FET: Stochastic Synthesis of Peptides and Small Molecules. M. Lesani, P. Brisk, W. Grover. 2019-2022.

NSF SaTC: Practical Whole Kernel Memory Safety Enforcement. C. Song, M. Lesani. 2017-2020

NSF SHF CRII: Certified Byzantine Fault-tolerant Systems. M. Lesani.


Eric Chan
Farzin Hooshmand
Xiao Li
Paranshu Singhal

Graduated students:
Jeremiah Griffin (undergraduate)
   Xiao Li (masters)

CS 247: Principles of Distributed Computing  
   Spring 2020

CS 246: Software Verification
   Spring 2018, Winter 2017

CS 260: Seminar in Program Synthesis
   Fall 2017

CS 260: Seminar in Distributed Computing
   Spring 2019

CS 160: Concurrent Programming and Parallel Systems
   Fall 2019

CS 179E: Project in Compilers
   Summer 2020, Winter 2020, Winter 2019, Spring 2017


I am from the beautiful city of Kerman where the Prince's Garden [1, 2] is located.
My PhD hooding at UCLA.
I tried acting and played John J. Astor in Titanic the musical
. Can you find me in the cast?
Niloofar and I won the best costume award in a Halloween party at MIT.