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


Interventation au Séminaire des doctorantes et doctorants en informatique de la SIF.
Lélio presents our work together on adding a modular reset to Vélus at the SCOPES 2018 workshop.
Intervention dans le cours de Gérard Berry au Collège de France.
Talk at LSV (ENS Cachan) on symbolic simulation of Lustre and Timed Automata.
Papers accepted for EMSOFT, FDL, and FDL again.
Paper on the verified compilation of Lustre accepted for PLDI 2017.
Guillaume Baudart defends his PhD thesis.
Talk in the CS Theory Group at the University of Birmingham on verifying the compilation of Lustre.