I am currently a PhD student at McGill University, under the supervision of Professor Brigitte Pientka. I did my Master of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Professor Ondřej Lhoták. Before that, I worked in the industry since 2014. My undergrad was at Fudan University.
These days, I am mainly working on programming languages and formal proofs using proof assistants based on Martin-Löf type theory, e.g. Coq and Agda. I am particularly interested in various type theories and the mathematics behind them. As a purist, I insist that if a proof can be done constructively, then it needs to be; if a mechanized proof can be established, there is no reason not to.
Before heading back to school, I worked as an engineer on a number of projects involving performance engineering, configurations, and others that you might expect to see in the industry. Back in my old days at Fudan University, I was more of a robotic guy.
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Investigation on (un)decidability and algorithmic properties of the family of DOT calculi
Dependent Object Types, or DOT, is a family of calculi developed to study the Scala programming language. These calculi have path dependent types as a feature, and potentially intersection types, union types and recursive types. So far, the study of DOT calculi mostly focuses on the soundness proof, which does not directly contribute to development of compilers. This thesis presents a detailed investigation of decidability and algorithmic properties of the family of DOT calculi.
In decidability analysis, the undecidability of subtyping of several calculi is formally established, including the D<: and D∧ calculi. Prior to this investigation, the undecidability of subtyping of all DOT calculi including D<: was open. Decidability analysis puts emphasis on a particular form of subtyping rules, called normal form. It turns out that a normal form definition is not only as expressive, but also more suggestive than the original definition. A conceptual device, called small-step analysis, is introduced to assist converting a usual definition of subtyping to its normal form definition. Moreover, decidability analysis gives direct contributions to the algorithmic analysis, by revealing two decidable fragments of D<: in declarative form, called the kernels. Decidability analysis also suggests a novel subtyping algorithm framework, stare-at subtyping. Stare-at subtyping and an existing algorithm are shown to be sound and complete w.r.t. their corresponding kernels.
In algorithmic analysis, stare-at subtyping is extended to other calculi, with more features than D<:, including D∧, μDART and jDOT. In μDART and jDOT, bi-directional type assignment algorithms are developed. The algorithms developed in this thesis are all shown to be sound with respect to their target calculi and terminating.
During the development of the algorithms, analysis shows a number of ways in which the Wadlerfest DOT calculus does not directly correspond to the Scala language, while substantially increases the difficulties of algorithmic design. jDOT, therefore, is developed as an alternative formalization of Scala.
COMP 360, Algorithm Design
CS 241, Foundation of Sequentual Programs
CS 343, Concurrent and Parallel Programming
I like superheroes, Marvel, DC and whatever you can name.
I used to play badminton during undergrad at Fudan with friends, but it turns out that it's hard to even find a reasonable court and shop for maintenance in Canada!
I have lots of video games in my Steam library, and I dream to have time to play!