Summary of Qualifications
- Experience in building software for diverse areas and platforms in various programming languages such as C, Python, and Haskell.
- Passionate about applying scientific and engineering methods while designing and building software systems.
- Using formal specification techniques to find specification-level bugs early in the design stage rather than implementation.
- GNU/Linux system administration on both the client and the server side.
- Problem-solving and communication skills, honed through research and teaching roles held in graduate school, as well as holding tutorials discussing complex concepts with fellow students and peers throughout undergraduate studies and high school.
- Organizational and teamwork skills, strengthened thanks to community service in form of volunteer activities including organizing the EmacsConf conference and volunteer work for charities such as the Free Software Foundation and St. Brigid's Summer Camp.
- Master of Mathematics in Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 2020
- Research focus: formal logic, model checking, verification
- Thesis: A Comprehensive Study of Declarative Modelling Languages
- Supervisor: Prof. Nancy A. Day
- GPA: 3.7/4.0
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computer Science, York University, 2017
- Favourite courses: System Specification & Refinement, Software Requirements Engineering, Software Design, Operating Systems, Computational Complexity, Design & Analysis of Algorithms
- GPA: 7.84/9.0
formal logic, model checking, theorem proving, verification
Publications & Presentations
The complete bibliography of my publications is available as a BibTeX bibliography file, bandali.bib.
- A Comparison of the Declarative Modelling Languages B, DASH, and TLA+ [ pdf | bib | models ]
Ali Abbassi, Amin Bandali,
Nancy A. Day, Jose Serna
8th IEEE International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering Workshop, MoDRE@RE 2018
Copyright © 2018 IEEE. All Rights Reserved. Sadly.
- A Comprehensive Study of Declarative Modelling Languages [ pdf | bib | hdl | info ]
MMath Thesis, University of Waterloo, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, July 2020.
- The Net beyond the web [ slides (pdf) | notes | bib | info ]
Presented at the LibrePlanet 2022 Conference, 20 March 2022.
- Jami and how it empowers users [ pdf (with notes) | bib | info ]
Presented at the LibrePlanet 2021 Conference, 20 March 2021.
- The Magic of Specifications and Type Systems [ slides | poster | bib | info ]
Jonathan S. Ostroff
Slides presented at the Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference 2017, University of Toronto, Canada, 15–17 June 2017.
Poster presented at the Lassonde Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, 15 August 2017.
- Introducing YULUG [ slides | bib | info ]
Slides introducing YULUG — (GNU/)Linux User Group at York University — presented at a Computing Students Hub (CSHub) tech talk at York University, Toronto, Canada, 12 February 2015.
Work & Research Experience
- Savoir-faire Linux
- fall 2020–present | Free Software Consultant | Consultant en logiciel libre
- I am part of the Jami core development team at Savoir-faire Linux, where I work on various parts of Jami as a Free Software Consultant. These include working on and maintaining the GTK-based jami-gnome client application written in C++ and C, and packaging Jami for various GNU/Linux distributions and other platforms. I also serve as a community liaison between the Jami core team and the wider free software community around Jami, with the goal of helping facilitate the communications and relations between the two.
- Free Software Foundation (FSF)
- spring 2020 | Intern
- Working with the FSF tech team in a sysadmin role on a variety of tasks including installation of the Sourcehut free software forge on the FSF infrastructure for evaluation for the FSF forge project, as well as a series of enhancements for www.gnu.org.
- Cheriton School of Science, University of Waterloo
- winter 2018–spring 2020 | TA, IA, RA [*]
- SE 465 (Software Testing and Quality Assurance): TA in winter 2020
- SE 212 (Logic and Computation): IA in Fall 2019, TA in fall 2018
- SE 463 (Software Requirement Specification and Analysis): TA in spring 2019 and 2018
- CS 136 (Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction): TA in winter 2018
- [*] Teaching Assistant (marking exams and assignments), Instructional Apprentice (holding tutorials and marking), Research Assistant (doing research for/with supervisor)
- Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, York University
- fall 2017 | Teaching Assistant
- EECS 1012 (Net-Centric Introduction to Computing): TA in fall 2017, running labs and marking labs and exams
- Software Engineering Lab, York University
- summer 2017 | Research Assistant
- Worked on an implementation
in Eiffel. Extended
library, implementing a
rationalclass for working with arbitrarily large rational numbers.
- summer 2016 | Research Student
- Worked on Literate Unit-B, the verifier for Unit-B, a new formal method focused on formal verification of reactive, concurrent, and distributed systems. From the Literate Unit-B codebase (written in Haskell), decoupled the logic module and used it to build Unit-B Web, a web interface using Literate Unit-B to do predicate calculus proofs. Unit-B Web, also written in Haskell, supports the LaTeX syntax of the Unit-B logic, renders user input on the page, and calls the sequent prover of the logic module, which uses the Z3 SMT solver to check the validity of user input.
- Separated Literate Unit-B's type checker from its parser in a large refactoring, allowing easier substitution of other type checking algorithms, and in preparation for implementing subtyping.
- Lotek Wireless Inc.
- summer 2016 | Software Developer
- Designed and developed an Employee Portal web application in C# and the MVC framework, used by employees for accessing various data catalogs and archives.
- summer 2015 | Computer Programmer
- Designed and implemented various applications in C# and C for analyzing and testing a satellite pass prediction algorithm for predicting the pass windows of Argos satellites, for scheduling send times of data collected by the company's wildlife tracking products.
- Athlete Builder
- 2013–2014 | Software Developer
- Developed the Backend of Athlete Builder platform in C# and MVC.
- Key role in development of the platform core.
- Developed the alpha version of Athlete Builder Android application in Java.
- Programming languages
- GNU Emacs, Git, Alloy, TLA+, ProB, LaTeX, continuous integration systems
- GNU/Linux distributions, including Trisquel, GNU Guix, Debian
- Persian (mother tongue), English (native proficiency; IELTS: 9.0), French (beginner)
- EmacsConf conference
- Chief organizer and maintainer of conference infrastructure, including the streaming servers.
- One of the organizers and in charge of setting up and maintaining vital pieces of infrastructure.
- Computer Science Club (CSC) of the University of Waterloo
- Served as the CSC System Administrator in Winter and Spring 2020. Present member of the CSC Systems Committee, overseeing and maintaining a large fleet of GNU/Linux servers for CSC members, as well as running the CSC mirror for free software projects.
- Notable projects include launching the CSC web IRC client as part of an effort in bringing modern user freedom- and privacy-respecting communication tools to club members.
- Free/libre software contributions
- Co-maintainer of GNUzilla and IceCat, the GNU version of the Mozilla suite and the Firefox browser respectively.
- Maintainer of ERC, the powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client distributed with GNU Emacs.
- Committer and regular contributor to GNU Emacs and GNU Guix.
- GNU webmaster and GNU Savannah hacker.
- Volunteer work
- spring 2013 | Application Developer for VONICAL Inc.
- Worked on development of the Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) portal using the Anahita social networking platform, written in PHP and running on GNU/Linux.
- winter 2013 | Mobile & Web Developer for Hire Works Inc.
- Worked on a variety of web and mobile development projects for Hire Works.
- summer 2012 | Web Developer for St. Brigid's Summer Camp