Julian Dolby  Julian Dolby photo         

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Research in program analysis, testing, the semantic Web (AI) and machine learning
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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More information:  Watson Libraries for Analysis  |  Project CodeNet  |  Graph4Code  |  Quetzal RDF Store  |  Jikes RVM  |  WALA Hackathon at PLDI 2017  |  JSTools 2016  |  JS Tools 2017


I have been a Research Staff Member at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center since 2000, and recently became a Principal Research Staff Member. I work on a range of topics, including static program analysis, software testing, the semantic web (AI) and programming technology support for machine learning. I have also worked on the Jikes Research Virtual Machine (Jikes RVM).

  • I got involved recently with Project CodeNet, and I have been developing analysis using WALA that creates graphs based on the System Dependence Graph for use with Graph Neural Network (GNN) machinery for code classification problems.
  • We revealed challenges with common machine learning practice that necessitate techniques like the following: always make every tensor dimension be a different size, to minimize matrix manipulation bugs; another tactic is copious comments detailing the layout of tensors.  We believe that program analysis can help obviate such burdens and make code more reliable; we have started building such support using WALA: https://github.com/wala/ML
  • My program analysis work has recently been focused on scripting languages like JavaScript and Python, and on security analysis of Web applications; our work has been included in IBM products, most notably Rational AppScan products, and I am one of the primary authors of the publicly-available Watson Libraries for Analysis (WALA) program analysis infrastructure.  You can see a presentation on our JavaScript work at https://youtu.be/pOglGMD5S3I
  • My testing work has been focused on several areas: Web applications in the Apollo project, finding concurrency bugs using both dynamic execution and model checking, and finding security issues in Android apps (https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2771803)
  • My semantic Web work has been on scalable inference with the SHER project; recently, I have focused on representing RDF data efficiently in an RDBMS.  You can see a summary of much of our Semantic Web work in keynote I gave at the Semantic Big Data workshop at SIGMOD 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTSgXrGnxjg&t=2h1m44s


I was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a graduate student where I worked with Professor Andrew Chien on programming systems for massively-parallel machines.

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