Ana Nora (Sovarel) Evans

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, advised by Professor Mary Lou Soffa.
I am working on oracles for autonomous vehicles.

I have a MS in Mathematics (2014) and Master of Computer Science (2006), both from UVa.

I am hosting the Charlottesville Math Circle with David Evans. If you have a seven to nine year old girl interested in Math and puzzles please join us.



Conference Publications

Is Rust Used Safely by Software Developers? [Source Code] [Video Presentation] [pdf]
Nora Evans, Bradford Campbell, and Mary Lou Soffa. Proceedings of the 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2020)

When Good Components Go Bad: Formally Secure Compilation Despite Dynamic Compromise [pdf] [10 cites]
Carmine Abate, Arthur Azevedo de Amorim, Roberto Blanco, Ana Nora Evans, Guglielmo Fachini, Catalin Hritcu, Théo Laurent, Benjamin C. Pierce, Marco Stronati, Andrew Tolmach. 25th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, 15-19 October 2018, Toronto, Canada.

Abstraction-based Temporal Data Retrieval for a Clinical Data Repository
Andrew Post, Ana Nora Sovarel, James Harrison In Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Symposium. Chicago, IL, November 10-14 2007.

Where's the FEEB?: The Effectiveness of Instruction Set Randomization [pdf] [html] [202 cites]
Ana Nora Sovarel, David Evans, Nathanael Paul. 14th Usenix Security Symposium, Baltimore, MD, August 1–5, 2005

Other Publications

An Oracle Language for Autonomous Vehicles [Abstract] [Poster] [Video Presentation]
Ana Nora Evans, Mary Lou Soffa, Sebastian Elbaum. In ICSE 2020 Poster Session.

Software Fault Isolation For Robust Compilation [Abstract] [Poster].
Ana Nora Evans. In POPL 2018 Student Research Competition. Los Angeles, CA, January 11-12 2018.

Formally Secure Compilation of Unsafe Low-Level Components [pdf]
Guglielmo Fachini, Cătălin Hriţcu, Marco Stronati, Ana Nora Evans, Théo Laurent, Arthur Azevedo de Amorim, Benjamin C. Pierce, Andrew Tolmach. PriSC 2018 Principles of Secure Compilation at POPL 2018

Internships and Summer Schools
DeepSpec Summer School, Princeton University, July 16-27, 2018
Visiting Researcher, INRIA Paris, May 8th 2017 - August 4th 2017
Program for Women and Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study - Surfaces, orbifolds and knots, IAS, May 2008.

Outreach Activities
FIRST LEGO League Jr. - Team Lead Coach/Mentor, 2019-2020 season
FIRST LEGO League Jr. - Team Lead Coach/Mentor, 2018-2019 season
GeekGirl@UVa July 14 and August 11 2018 - organizer.
Cville Math Circle - cofounder and teacher, Feb 2016 - present.

2017 - SECOMP (external collaborator, work with Catalin Hritcu and Marco Stronati).
2006 - Automatic Identification and Protection of Security-Critical Data
2005 - Feeb


Math Lectures for Second Grade [Materials].
Guest Lecture Peabody Second Grade, April-May, 2020.

Transformations [ Materials ].
Guest Lecture Robotics For Software Engineers, April 2020.

An Introduction to Mutation Analysis [Google Slides].
Dependable Systems Group. Charlottesville, VA, Apr 13, 2018

Context Free Grammars - Parsing [Google Slides].
Guest Lecture CS 4620. Charlottesville, VA, Sep 7, 2017

Using Verified Software Fault Isolation for a Formally Secure Compiler[ Google Slides].
Prosecco Reading Group. INRIA Paris, France, August 2nd, 2017

Paper presentation: Inferring Annotations For Device Drivers From Verification Histories. Notes: [pdf].
Software Engineering Research Group Talk, Charlottesville, VA, Feb 6, 2017

Introduction to Separation Logic[pdf].
Research Group Talk, Charlottesville, VA, Oct 6, 2016

Topologically Trivial Legendrian Knots [ppt] [pdf]
MATH 8720 Symplectic and Contact Topology, Charlottesville, VA, April 28, 2011

Abtsract Weights [pdf]
MATH 8710 Lie Algebras, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Nov 17, 2010

An Untangled Introduction to Knot Theory [pptx]
Math Club Talk, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Feb 12, 2010

Identification and Protection of Security Critical Data [ppt]
Masters Project Presentation, University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA, June 6, 2006.

The Effectiveness of Instruction Set Randomization [ppt]
14th Usenix Security Symposium, Baltimore, MD, August 1-5, 2005

The Effectiveness of Instruction Set Randomization [ppt] [pdf]
IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium, Work in Progress, 9 May 2005


Teaching Assistant - CS4501 Robotics for Software Engineers University of Virginia; Spring 2020
Teaching Assistant - CS4610 Programming Languages, University of Virginia; Fall 2019
Instructor - MATH 1140 Financial Mathematics; Fall 2011
Teaching Assistant - MATH 7752 Algebra II, University of Virginia; Spring 2011
Grader - MATH 5651 Advanced Linear Algebra, University of Virginia; Fall 2010
Teaching Assistant - CS101 Intro to Computer Science, University of Virginia; Fall 04, Spring 05
Teaching Assistant - Algorithm Analysis, Politehnica University of Bucharest; Fall 03
Teaching Assistant - Distributed Programming, Politehnica University of Bucharest; Fall 02
Teaching Assistant - Operating Systems Design, Politehnica University of Bucharest; Spring 02
Teaching Assistant - Object Oriented Programming, Politehnica University of Bucharest; Spring 02, 03, 04

Other Activities
Mentor of a 4th year undergraduate in the Engineering Graduate School Mentor Program; May 2018
Outreach Coordinator, GradSWE at the University of Virginia; May 2018
Volunteer family mentor with International Rescue Committee; Jan 2010 - Jan 2011
Volunteer tutor at Johnson Elementary School; Jan 2010 - May 2010
Volunteer tutor at Charlottesville High School; Sept 2007 - June 2008
Founder and Organizer of Security Reading Group at UVa; Jan 2006 - May 2006
Mentoring Committee Chair of ACM-W chapter at the University of Virginia ; Sep 2006 - May 2006

I am Romanian. Before moving to Virginia, I lived in Bucharest, Romania.

In Summer 2010 I went to World Cup 2010 in South Africa.(Pictures)
My daughter, Dorina Michelle Evans, was born on June 29, 2012.
On July 4th 2013, I became a US citizen. (Pictures)
My son, Maxwell Nicholas Evans, was born on March 18, 2015.
My husband, David Evans wrote two books: Introduction to Computing: Explorations in Language, Logic, and Machines and Dori-Mic and the Universal Machine!.