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

Office:
      Winston Chung Hall 325

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

Email:
      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, Secure and Smart Software (S3) lab. S3 is a subgroup of RIPLE. I spent my postdoc at MIT and obtained my PhD from UCLA.

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'18.

 
 Publications


Cross-Chain Transactions
Narges Shadab, Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
ICBC'20 (IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency)

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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Hamsaz: Replication Coordination Analysis and Synthesis
Farzin Houshmand, Mohsen Lesani
POPL'19 (ACM Principles of Programming Languages)
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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
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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)
[Paper]

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
[Paper]

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

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

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

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)
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The rest of papers



 Service


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)


 Grants


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.
2017-2019


 Students


Farzin Hooshmand
Xiao Li
Paranshu Singhal

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


 Teaching
 
CS 247: Principles of Distributed Computing   Spring 2020

CS 246: Verification Techniques   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   Winter 2020, Winter 2019, Spring 2017

 
 Other


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.