Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Professor of Theoretical Computer Science



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Philippa Gardner is a professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial. Her current research focusses on program verification: in particular, reasoning about web programs (JavaScript and DOM) and reasoning about concurrent programs. She is the leader of the Verified Trustworthy Software Specification Group.
She completed her PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Gordon Plotkin FRS at Edinburgh in 1992. She moved to Cambridge in 1998 on an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, hosted by Professor Robin Milner FRS. She obtained a lectureship at Imperial in 2001, and became professor in 2009. She held a Microsoft Research Cambridge/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Fellowship from 2005 to 2010 at Imperial. Philippa directs the Research Institute on Verified Trustworthy Software Systems (VeTSS), funded by EPSRC, from 2017 to 2022. She also chairs the BCS awards committee, which decides the Lovelace medal (senior) and Roger Needham award (mid-career) for computer science and engineering.



Bodin M, Gardner P, Jensen T, et al., 2019, Skeletal semantics and their interpretations, Proceedings of the Acm on Programming Languages, Vol:3, Pages:1-31

Fragoso Santos J, Maksimović P, Sampaio G, et al., 2019, JaVerT 2.0: compositional symbolic execution for JavaScript, Proceedings of the Acm on Programming Languages, Vol:3, Pages:1-31

Dinsdale-Young T, Pinto PDR, Gardner P, 2018, A perspective on specifying and verifying concurrent modules, Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming, Vol:98, ISSN:2352-2208, Pages:1-25


Ntzik G, Pinto PDR, Sutherland J, et al., 2018, A concurrent specification of POSIX file systems, ISSN:1868-8969

Gardner P, 2018, JaVerT: JavaScript Verification and Testing Framework, 20th International Symposium on Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming (PPDP), ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY

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