Dr Timothy Bourke

Researcher at Inria in the team PARKAS
en: [tImɒθiː bɜːʳk] or fr: [timɔte buʀk] (Tim, [tIm] or [tiːm]); tim@tbrk.org; c/o ENS, Paris...


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My Research

My research focuses on rigorous approaches to modelling, programming, and verifying embedded control systems. My motivation is not formal techniques as an end in themselves, but rather as a means to clarify the principles behind and to better engineer embedded systems. I always try to work with practical examples, like the control system of a robotic wheelchair (a long time ago), an infrared sensor, a microkernel operating system (as part of a large group), a microprinter component, or a wireless routing protocol. Focusing on practice means working with programming languages that can be compiled and executed. Rigour mandates languages based on precise and tractable models (like synchronous languages). Finally, modelling and analyzing realistic programming languages, their compilers, and the applications created with them requires computer assistance; ideally interactive theorem provers.

Academic Service


Presentation in the Inria Gallium team.
Sundials/ML v2.6.2p0 released.
Paper accepted for the Journal of Automated Reasoning.
Presentation at the University of IOWA while visiting Cesare Tinelli's group.
Presentation at the SYNCHRON workshop.
Demo of Zélus at 10ème Colloque sur la Modélisation des Systèmes Réactifs (MSR 2015) at Nancy.
Presentation at the Journées Nationales GEOCAL-LAC-LTP 2015.