Benjamin Zorn

Registered user since Mon 20 Apr 2015

Name: Benjamin Zorn

Bio: Ben Zorn is a Research Manager and Principal Researcher, co-managing the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group, a group of over 30 researchers and developers working on programming languages and software engineering in Microsoft Research, Redmond. After receiving a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1989, he served eight years on the Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder, receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. Dr. Zorn left the University of Colorado in 1998 to join Microsoft Research, where he currently works. His research interests include programming language design and implementation for reliability, security, and performance. He has served as both Program Chair (1999) and General Chair (2010) of the PLDI conference, as an Associate Editor of the ACM journals Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization. He has also served seven years as a Member-at-Large of the SIGPLAN Executive Committee and four years as a member of the ACM Software Systems Award Committee. He is currently a member of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, a committee of the Computing Research Association. For more information, visit his web page at:

Country: United States

Affiliation: Microsoft Research

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Research interests: Programming languages, approximate computing, security, JavaScript


PLMW @ PLDI 2019Panelist of Panel: Charting Your Path within the PLMW @ PLDI 2019-track
PLDI 2019Committee Member in External Program Committee within the PLDI Research Papers-track
Session Chair of Language Design I (part of PLDI Research Papers)
SPLASH 2018Author of ExceLint: Automatically Finding Spreadsheet Formula Errors within the Artifacts-track
Author of ExceLint: Automatically Finding Spreadsheet Formula Errors within the OOPSLA-track
WODA 2017Author of Finding Bugs and Insights in Semi-structured Data within the WODA 2017-track
PLDI 2018Committee Member in External Program Committee
Committee Member in Distinguished Paper Committee
SPLASH 2017Speaker of The Influence of Programming Languages on Augmenting Human Understanding within the PL Mentoring Workshop (PLMW)-track
Panelist of Panel: Industry & Academia within the PL Mentoring Workshop (PLMW)-track
Speaker in PLMW Speakers within the PL Mentoring Workshop (PLMW)-track
PLDI 2016Committee Member in External Program Committee
Keynote Speaker of Programming Languages and Technical Disruption within the Invited Speakers-track
Session Chair of Testing & Debugging (part of Research Papers)
WAX 2015Committee Member in Organizers within the WAX-track
PLDI 2015Author of FlashRelate: Extracting Relational Data from Semi-Structured Spreadsheets Using Examples within the Research Papers-track