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Academic Biography

Dr Shengchao Qin is Research Professor (Chair) of Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies. 

Shengchao received his BSc and PhD from Peking University in 1997 and 2002, respectively. From July 2002 to December 2004, he was a Research Fellow under the Computer Science Programme in the Singapore-MIT Alliance, affiliated with National University of Singapore. He became a University lecturer in Durham University in January 2005. In June 2010, he joined Teesside University as a Reader and became a full Professor in June 2011. From August 2016 to September 2019, he was the Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) for School of Computing, School of Computing, Media & the Arts, and then School of Computing & Digital Technologies. 

Shengchao is currently a full member of the UK EPSRC Peer Review College and a member of the UKRI FLF (Future Leaders Fellowships) Peer Review College. 


Summary of Research Interests

Shengchao Qin has strong research interests in formal methods, programming languages, software engineering and cyber-physical systems. A main line of his current research is program analysis, testing and verification, in particular automated verification of software safety and security, analysis and detection of software bugs/vulnerabilities. 

Research Projects & External Funding

Shengchao was the PI for the following externally funded research projects:

  • Inference Mechanisms for a Separation and Numerical Domain. EPSRC funded project. Total value: GBP 488,899 (RC contribution: GBP 403,535).
  • Resource Analysis and Verification for Dependable Embedded Software. EPSRC funded project. Total value: GBP 252,627 (RC contribution: GBP 213, 681).

PhD and Research Opportunities

Current PhD students:

  • Chris Curry (co-supervisor)
  • Yang Liu (co-supervisor)
  • Colin Joy (co-supervisor)
  • Ndidi Ogbo (co-supervisor)
  • Chidimma Opara (co-supervisor)
  • Mohammed Suleiman (co-supervisor)
  • Stephen Varey (co-supervisor)
  • Elisabeth Yaneske (co-supervisor)
  • Zhang Zhang (co-supervisor)

Previous Postdocs / PhDs:

  • Thomas Hayton (co-supervisor): PhD completed in late 2019.
  • Mengda He (PhD completed in 10/2017): Reasoning about Weak-Memory Programs.
  • Aziem Chawdhary (ex-Postdoc, now with University of Kent, UK).
  • Florin Craciun (ex-Postdoc, now Associate Professor in Babes-Bolyai University, Romania).
  • Joao Ferreira (ex-Postdoc).
  • Guanhua He (Ph.D completed in 2011; now Postal Savings Bank of China)
  • Chenguang Luo (Ph.D completed in 2010; now with Citadel LLC).
  • Granville Barnett (Ph.D completed in 2013; now WANdisco)
  • Ryuta Arisaka (Ph.D completed in 2013; now with NII Japan).

External Roles and Professional Activities

Full Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/assessmentprocess/college/)

Member of the UKRI FLF (Future Leaders Fellowships) Peer Review College

Program Committee Chair for:

  • ICFEM 2019: 21st International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods, Shenzhen, China, 5-9 November 2019. 
  • TASE 2019: 13th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Software Engineering, Guilin, China, 29-31 July 2019.
  • ICFEM 2011: 13th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods , Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, UK. 26-28 Oct 2011.
  • UTP 2010:3rd International Symposium on Unifying Theories of Programming, Shanghai, China, 15-16 November 2010.
  • TASE 2009: 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Software Engineering, Tianjin, China, 29-31 July 2009.

Program Committee Membership for over 50 international conferences, e.g. AAAI2019-2020, IJCAI2018-2019, ICFEM2010-2019, TASE2007-2019, ICTAC2013, FM2012, LCTES2012, UTP08-19, ICIS09-10, MoCSeRS 2010, ICECCS07, ICFEM06, SVV06.

Steering Committee Member for the following international conferences:

  • ICFEM: International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods 
  • TASE: IEEE International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Software Engineering;
  • UTP: International Symposium on Unifying Theories of Programming

Other Conference Organisation Activities:

  • FM'14, May, 2014, Singapore. (Workshop Chair)
  • APLAS'04, November, 2004, Taipei. (Publicity Chair)
  • ICFEM'03, November, 2003, Singapore. (Publicity Co-Chair)

Professional Membership:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the ACM, the ACM SIGPLAN, and the IEEE Computer Society

External Research Collaborations

  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Manchester
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • East China Normal University
  • Nanjing University
  • Shenzhen University
  • Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Singapore Management University
  • Peking University

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Specifications Engineering & Materials Science
Semantics Engineering & Materials Science
Data structures Engineering & Materials Science
Model checking Engineering & Materials Science
Separation Logic Mathematics
Network protocols Engineering & Materials Science
Hardware Engineering & Materials Science
Experiments Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2000 2019

Bi-Abductive Inference for Shape and Ordering Properties

Curry, C., Le, Q. L. & Qin, S., 20 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) the 24th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2019). IEEE

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Data structures

Enhancing Symbolic Execution of Heap-based Programs with Separation Logic for Test Input Generation

Pham, L. H., Le, Q. L., Phan, Q-S., Sun, J. & Qin, S., 28 Oct 2019, In : Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Symbolic Execution
Separation Logic

Locating Vulnerabilities in Binaries via Memory Layout Recovering

Wang, H., Xie, X., Lin, S-W., Lin, Y., Li, Y., Qin, S., Liu, Y. & Liu, T., 26 Aug 2019, The 27th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering. ACM, 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Data storage equipment
Binary codes
95 Downloads (Pure)

Automated Modular Verification for Relaxed Communication Protocols

Costea, A., Chin, W., Qin, S. & Craciun, F., 22 Oct 2018, Asian Symposium on Programming Languages and Systems. Springer Verlag, p. 284-305 Chapter 16. (Programming Languages and Systems; vol. 11275).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Network protocols
Data storage equipment
104 Downloads (Pure)

Automatically ‘Verifying’ Discrete-Time Complex Systems through Learning, Abstraction and Refinement

Wang, J., Sun, J., Qin, S. & Jegourel, C., 14 Dec 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Large scale systems
Model checking
Water treatment
Systems analysis


Reasoning About C11 Programs with Fences and Relaxed Atomics

Author: He, M., 16 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Qin, S. (Supervisor) & Ferreira, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis