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Simon Peyton Jones returns to Haskell eXchange to announce the launch of the Haskell Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to broadening the adoption of Haskell, by supporting its ecosystem of tools, libraries, education, and research. Do join us to hear about the plans so far, and to help shape what the Foundation becomes.
There will be an extended Q&A as part of the session.
To ensure as many people as possible hear about this important announcement, this Opening Keynote will also be live-streamed on YouTube. Watch the stream for free here.
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The Launch of the Haskell Foundation
Senior Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. Simon 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.
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.
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.