Professor Wins Amazon Research Award

Qirun Zhang Headshot

Qirun Zhang has won an Amazon Research Award for programming languages research. The one-year award contract provides unrestricted funds and Amazon Web Services credits for customer-driven research.

“I am excited to receive the award,” said Zhang, an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science (SCS). “As a programming languages researcher, I enjoy what I do and believe it is important to continue working on fundamental problems to improve software reliability.”

He will use the award for interleaved Dyck-reachability research, which makes program analysis simpler and more efficient by eliminating ineffective parts of the graph. This funding will lead to practical tools that can analyze real-world software and foster collaboration with Amazon automated reasoning researchers.

This work has been widely recognized by the research community. Zhang and his students have won a 2020 distinguished paper award at Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI), an online conference, for this work. His student, Yuanbo Li, also received a Facebook Fellowship for related research in May.

“Qirun is a world-class leader in programming languages,” SCS Chair Vivek Sarkar said. “It is great to see him receive this opportunity to increase the industrial impact of his research.”


Tess Malone, Communications Officer