Simon Peyton Jones

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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

Contributions

CurryOn 2018Author of Linear Haskell: practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language within the Curry On Keynotes-track
PLMW @ ICFP 2018Speaker of How to write a Great Research Paper within the PLMW @ ICFP 2018-track
Committee Member in Speakers within the PLMW @ ICFP 2018-track
HIW 2018Author of GHC Update within the HIW 2018-track
Haskell 2018Author of Type Variables in Patterns within the Haskell 2018-track
PEPM 2018Committee Member in Programme Committee within the PEPM 2018-track
ICFP 2018Committee Member in External Review Committee within the Research Papers-track
Author of Build Systems à la Carte within the Research Papers-track
HIW 2017Author of Native Support for Explicit Stacks in LLVM within the HIW 2017-track
Author of Progress on GHC within the HIW 2017-track
FHPC 2017Author of Destination-Passing Style for Efficient Memory Management within the FHPC 2017-track
PLDI 2018Committee Member in External Program Committee
Author of Guarded Impredicative Polymorphism within the PLDI Research Papers-track
POPL 2018Author of Linear Haskell: practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language within the Research Papers-track
Author of Linear Haskell: practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language within the Artifact Evaluation-track
VMIL 2016Speaker of SPLASH-E Keynote (Room Matterhorn 3) within the VMIL-track
Haskell 2016Author of Non-recursive Make Considered Harmful: Build Systems at Scale within the Haskell-track
Author of Pattern Synonyms within the Haskell-track
Author of Desugaring Haskell's do-Notation into Applicative Operations within the Haskell-track
HIW 2016Author of The State of GHC within the HIW-track
Author of Trees That Grow within the HIW-track
HOPE 2016Author of Administrative normal form, continued: Sharing control in direct style within the HOPE-track
ECOOP and ISSTASpeaker in Speakers within the Summer School-track
Mentor in Mentors within the Summer School-track
Speaker of 35 years of fun with functional programming within the Summer School-track
PLDI 2017Author of Compiling without continuations within the PLDI Research Papers-track
Author of Levity Polymorphism within the PLDI Research Papers-track
ICFP 2016Committee Member in External Review Committee within the Research Papers-track
Author of Sequent Calculus as a Compiler Intermediate Language within the Research Papers-track
PLDI 2016Committee Member in External Program Committee
SPLASH 2016Keynote Speaker of SPLASH-I/E Keynote: The dream of a lifetime: Shaping how our children learn computing within the SPLASH-I-track
Author of The dream of a lifetime: Shaping how our children learn computing within the SPLASH-E-track
PLDI 2015Author of Diagnosing Type Errors with Class within the Research Papers-track