bandali's curriculum vitae

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Summary of Qualifications


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

Research Interests

formal logic, model checking, theorem proving, verification

Publications & Presentations

The complete bibliography of my publications is available as a bandali.bib BibTeX bibliography file.


A Comparison of the Declarative Modelling Languages B, DASH, and TLA+ [ pdf | 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 | hdl | http ]
Amin Bandali
MMath Thesis, University of Waterloo, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, July 2020.


Jami and how it empowers users [ pdf (with notes) | http ]
Amin Bandali
Presented at the LibrePlanet 2021 Conference, March 20, 2021.
The Magic of Specifications and Type Systems [ slides | poster ]
Amin Bandali, Simon Hudon, Jonathan S. Ostroff
Slides presented at the Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference 2017, University of Toronto, Canada, June 15–17, 2017.
Poster presented at the Lassonde Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, August 15, 2017.
Introducing YULUG
Amin Bandali
Slides introducing YULUG — (GNU/)Linux User Group at York University — presented at a Computing Students Hub (CSHub) tech talk at York University, Toronto, Canada, February 12, 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
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 of Lampsort in Eiffel. Extended the mathmodels library, implementing a rational class 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 | Software Developer
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
C, C++, Haskell, Emacs Lisp, Guile Scheme, Python, Eiffel, Bash, C#, Java, JavaScript
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)

Community Service

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
Redesigned and revamped the codebase for the photo gallery section of the camp's website in PHP and JavaScript.