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LFCS seminar: Ronald Garcia: Gradual Enforcement of Program Invariants

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What
  • LFCS Seminar
  • Upcoming events
When Jul 31, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where IF 4.31/4.33
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Abstract:

Static and dynamic techniques have long been used to check and enforce
properties of program executions.  They are often seen as
diametrically opposed, as exemplified by the long-running kerfuffle
over the merits and deficits of static versus dynamic type checking.

Recently, PL researchers and designers have sought to bridge the
divide between these approaches to program checking and analysis.  In
particular, Gradual Typing sets out to seamlessly combine static and
dynamic checking of how closely programs adhere to standard typing
disciplines from the literature.  In this context, static and dynamic
checking and enforcement are treated as complementary rather than
conflicting.

In this talk I will discuss the theory and practice of gradual typing.
Both have undergone significant development in the last few years.
These advances in language design change not only how dynamic and
static checking can work together, but also change how we think
about each individually.



Biography:

Ronald Garcia is an associate professor of Computer Science at the
University of British Columbia. His research investigates how
fundamental concepts in the theory, implementation, and practice of
programming languages can improve the software development process.
His research has focused on static and dynamic type-based
reasoning, metaprogramming, and generic programming.

Prior to his appointment at UBC, he was a Computing Innovation Fellow
at Carnegie Mellon University and Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice
University. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Indiana
University, and an MSc and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Notre Dame.

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