IN5440 – Selected topics in static analysis

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Course content

The course covers principles and techniques central to the static analysis phase of a compiler, also known as semantic analysis. Static analysis comes after the syntactic program analysis, and is concerned with the behavior of the program when later run, i.e. trying to predict the program's run-time behavior before it is actually running. The course covers techniques such as data and control flow analyses, including secure information flow and other security-related aspects, standard and non-standard type-system, and algorithmic questions.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course you'll

  • have gained insight into established state-of-the-art techniques of the semantic phase of a compiler and principles of their implementation;
  • be able to formulate flow or type analyses for various different analysis or optimization objectives (like secure information flow, interference freedom and others).
  • be able to understand further analyses encountered in the scientific literature and adapt analyses to a specific language setting, based on the underlying unifying principles covered in the course,
  • have gained in-depth understanding of principles and programming languages and their semantics

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

IN2010 – Algorithms and Data Structures, IN1150 – Logical Methods

Overlapping courses


2 hours lectures per week and active participation in the lectures. Study of some selected smaller subtopic, decided individually.


Oral exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5906 - Selected topics in static analysis (continued)IN9440 - Selected Topics in Static AnalysisINF9906 - Selected topics in static analysis (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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