Probabilistic programs are a structured way to describe computations or models with access to some source of randomness. They appear naturally in various safety-, security-, and privacy-critical applications, including randomized algorithms, security protocols, and autonomous systems working in uncertain environments, e.g., due to imprecise sensors.
The behavior of probabilistic programs is often counterintuitive — a consequence of the well-known fact that humans have difficulties reasoning about stochastic processes. In combination with their importance in emerging safety-critical domains, the counterintuitive nature of probabilistic programs means that ensuring their correctness must be based on verification and analysis techniques that are rigorous, tool-supported, and, ideally, largely automated. However, such tools have not kept up with the increasing usage and popularity of probabilistic programs.
In part, the lack of tool support can be explained by the fact that research on probabilistic programs is spread over multiple fields. In addition to the classical understanding of probabilistic programs as randomized algorithms, probabilistic programs have received rapidly increasing attention as a modeling formalism for complex probability distributions in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.
This workshop will provide a forum for research on the automated verification of probabilistic systems that are in some way described by a programming language, with a particular focus on both symbolic methods and compositional approaches.
|9:00||Erika Abraham||Probabilistic Hyperproperties (abstract)|
|9:50||Kittiphon Phalakarn, Toru Takisaka, Thomas Haas and Ichiro Hasuo||Widest Paths and Global Propagation in Bounded Value Iteration for Stochastic Games|
|10:10||Thom Badings, Alessandro Abate, Nils Jansen, Dave Parker, Hasan Poonawala, Licio Romao and Marielle Stoelinga||Safe Sampling-Based Planning for Stochastic Systems with Uncertain Dynamics|
|11:00||Kuldeep Meel||Distribution Testing and Probabilistic Programming: A Match made in Heaven (abstract)|
|11:50||Phillipp Schroer||A Quantitative Verification Infrastructure|
|12:10||Fabian Meyer, Marcel Hark and Jürgen Giesl||Inferring Expected Runtimes and Sizes|
|14:00||Andrzej Wasowski||Quantifying Leakage in Privacy Risk Analysis using Probabilistic Programming (abstract)|
|14:50||William Smith, Alexandra Silva and Fredrik Dahlqvist||Deterministic stream-sampling for probabilistic programming: semantics and verification|
|15:10||Wojciech Rozowski, Tobias Kappé, Todd Schmid and Alexandra Silva||Probabilistic Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests|
|16:00||Sylvie Putot||Uncertainty propagation in discrete-time systems using probabilistic forms (abstract)|
|16:50||Lutz Klinkenberg||Verifying Probabilistic Programs using Generating Functions|
Call for Presentations
VeriProP 2022, co-located with CAV and the federated logic conference, aims to bring together researchers interested in the tool-supported verification of probabilistic programs, models, and systems. This includes probabilistic model checking, program verification in the presence of a source of randomness, or formal guarantees for statistical machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence systems. We are excited to have 4 invited speakers covering a range of perspectives:
- Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Kuldeep Meel, National University of Singapore
- Sylvie Putot, LIX Ecole Polytechnique, France
- Andrzej Wasowski, ITU, Denmark
We solicit contributed short presentations. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Symbolic approaches to the verification of Markov models
- Exact inference techniques
- Abstract interpretation for probabilistic programs
- Domain-specific probabilistic programming languages
- Verification of inference algorithms
- Automation of deductive approaches to verifying probabilistic programs-
- Probabilistic program reasoning in safety, security, or privacy
- Synthesis of probabilistic programs
We call for extended abstracts (1-2 pages in pdf format) describing either ongoing research or an overview of past research in the workshop’s scope. We welcome abstracts covering work that has been previously published or is currently under review. There will be no formal proceedings.
May 10 May 23
Notification date: June 15
Submission link: easychair.org/my/conference?conf=veriprop2022
The workshop will take place on August 12, the second day after CAV. Please register via the official FloC website.
This workshop will be held as a satellite event of FLoC 2022. The workshop is chaired by:
- Ezio Bartocci, TU Wien
- Fredrik Dahlqvist, Queen Mary University of London
- Sebastian Junges, Radboud University
- Benjamin Kaminski, Saarland University and University College London
- Christoph Matheja, Technical University of Denmark