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Name: Simon Peyton Jones
Bio: Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. His main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.
More generally, he is interested in language design, rich type systems, software component architectures, compiler technology, code generation, runtime systems, virtual machines, and garbage collection. He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation – that’s one reason he loves functional programming so much.
Affiliation: Microsoft Research, UK
ICFP 2016 Activities
- Author of The State of GHC within the HIW-track in HIW 2016
- Author of Non-recursive Make Considered Harmful: Build Systems at Scale within the Haskell-track in Haskell 2016
- Author of Pattern Synonyms within the Haskell-track in Haskell 2016
- Committee Member in External Review Committee for ICFP 2016 Research Papers
- Author of Administrative normal form, continued: Sharing control in direct style within the HOPE-track in HOPE 2016
- Author of Desugaring Haskell's do-Notation into Applicative Operations within the Haskell-track in Haskell 2016
- Author of Trees That Grow within the HIW-track in HIW 2016
- Author of Sequent Calculus as a Compiler Intermediate Language within the Research Papers-track in ICFP 2016
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