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Robert Sison
Research Scientist; Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research Interests

Robert is broadly interested in discovering how best to design and construct software systems with formally proved functional-correctness and security properties at scale. His current research concerns the formal verification of operating systems to enforce increasingly useful forms of information-flow security, also known as confidentiality.

Contact Details

Email:Robert.Sison@data61.csiro.au
Web:https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0313-9764

More contact information is available at the Contact page.

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Publication List


Robert is a visiting scientist who contributes to the Time Protection verification project.

Robert's PhD with Trustworthy Systems and UNSW Sydney (currently under examination) was supervised by Carroll Morgan, Toby Murray, and Kai Engelhardt.

For his machine-checked Isabelle/HOL formalisation of a compiler and proof that it preserves concurrent value-dependent noninterference, please see the COVERN project.

Projects

Current

Past

Career Summary

Previously at NICTA and Data61, Robert was a research engineer developing software for the eChronos/SMACCM project, during which time he ported eChronos to the PowerPC e500. Subsequently as a research engineer he developed proofs for the Information Flow project.

Prior to that, he was a software engineer at Open Kernel Labs, Inc. and General Dynamics C4 Systems, where he spent most of his time developing device-driver paravirtualisation stacks for use by Android and Linux kernel instances on a dual-personality smartphone.

Qualifications

Robert holds a Master of Information Technology with Excellence, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) with First Class Honours, both from the University of New South Wales.

Affiliations

Robert holds the position of Research Fellow in Verified Operating System Security with the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

Publications

Data61 Papers

2019

Abstract
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PDF Robert Sison and Toby Murray
Verifying that a compiler preserves concurrent value-dependent information-flow security
International Conference on Interactive Theorem Proving, pp. 27:1–27:19, Portland, USA, September, 2019

2018

Abstract PDF Toby Murray, Robert Sison and Kai Engelhardt
COVERN: A logic for compositional verification of information flow control
European Conference on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P), London, United Kingdom, April, 2018
Abstract
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PDF Robert Sison
Per-thread compositional compilation for confidentiality-preserving concurrent programs
2nd Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation, Los Angeles, January, 2018

NICTA Papers

2016

Abstract PDF Toby Murray, Robert Sison, Ed Pierzchalski and Christine Rizkallah
Compositional verification and refinement of concurrent value-dependent noninterference
IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium, pp. 417–431, Lisbon, Portugal, June, 2016

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