IN9440 – Selected Topics in Static Analysis

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Will not be lectured Autumn 2021

Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

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 techiques 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

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


2 hours lectures per week and active participation in the lectures. Study of some selected smaller subtopic, decided individually. PhD candidates get a more comprehensive topic, which needs to be worked out and presented in class.


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: IN5440 - Selected Topics in Static AnalysisINF5906 - Selected topics in static analysis (continued)INF9906 - 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 pass/fail scale. 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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 30, 2021 9:27:48 AM

Facts about this course


Autumn 2020

Teaching language

Will not be lectured Autumn 2021