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Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson is Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and leads the Software Design Group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.

Titles by This Author

More than 15 million American adults grapple with depression in a given year. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans over the age of 18. And yet these diseases are often invisible, hidden, unacknowledged. In Portraits of Resilience, people coping with depression, anxiety, and other challenges step out of the shadows to meet us face to face. A series of photographic portaits conveys their charisma, strength, and wisdom. In accompanying narratives, they describe their struggles and their insights into their conditions and the societal and cultural forces that shaped them.

Logic, Language, and Analysis

In Software Abstractions Daniel Jackson introduces an approach to software design that draws on traditional formal methods but exploits automated tools to find flaws as early as possible. This approach—which Jackson calls “lightweight formal methods” or “agile modeling”—takes from formal specification the idea of a precise and expressive notation based on a tiny core of simple and robust concepts but replaces conventional analysis based on theorem proving with a fully automated analysis that gives designers immediate feedback.